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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Mar. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,290,409-16%3,525--$366$33,791,3691Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$683,078-2%2,771--$247$11,783,9751Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$662,150-2%3,2308$205$110,210,8854Universal
4Snitch (2013)$516,841-4%2,5110$206$26,755,1272Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$500,6872%2,951-272$170$59,084,0973Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$404,532-7%1,836-176$220$117,004,34216Weinstein Company
7Escape From Planet Earth$360,826-3%3,110-243$116$44,625,1823Weinstein Company
8A Good Day to Die Hard$350,215-7%2,589-966$135$61,246,4013Fox
9The Last Exorcism Part II$265,416-2%2,700--$98$8,962,5991CBS Films
10Dark Skies$207,590-7%2,3130$90$14,310,1272Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$145,968-7%1,112-958$131$28,701,6704Open Road
12Warm Bodies$138,377-8%1,930-714$72$62,559,3845Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$66,461-7%1,075-1875$62$18,839,8853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$200,946-1%725369$277$11,990,8318Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$174,365-4%62654$279$117,788,15215Fox
3Argo$144,306-6%985183$147$133,272,55821Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$97,2493%983324$99$160,668,45210Weinstein Company
5Zero Dark Thirty$88,904-12%722-475$123$93,954,55911Sony / Columbia
6Lincoln$80,821-5%652-223$124$180,403,93117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$50,364-10%601-824$84$54,322,9176Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$47,520-4%352-110$135$147,828,76510Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,9798%210-178$109$301,495,99712Warner Bros. / New Line
10Mama$20,115-9%447-716$45$70,964,1807Universal
11Jack Reacher$18,702-1%225125$83$79,757,46811Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$18,1175%183-80$99$1,330,7992Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$17,6945%295-10$60$102,454,92415Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$15,866-5%151-122$105$18,388,39111Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$14,814-1%258-123$57$76,119,43910Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,8597%138-64$86$45,799,7568Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$8,8855%133-53$67$37,134,21511Paramount
18Kai Po Che$8,198-26%104-6$79$918,9192UTV Motion Pictures
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,3935%180-43$36$292,324,73716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$143,627--69--$2,082$143,6270Gathr Films
2Stoker$11,595-9%7--$1,656$214,4881Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$10,588-6%520$204$11,519,40546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,139-26%38-27$188$6,251,21713Focus
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-17%68--$79$167,1751Methinx Entertainment
6Bullet to the Head$4,298-4%86-19$50$9,472,1625Warner Bros.
7Broken City$3,6601%69-29$53$19,655,4747Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,291-20%300$110$22,098,812100Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Parker$3,11324%51-161$61$17,453,9536FilmDistrict
10Stand Up Guys$2,64020%17-24$155$3,310,0315Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,49690%21$748$19,0812Freestyle Releasing
12The Sweeney$1,193-10%11--$108$25,5721eOne Films US
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,150--10$1,150$97,20222Roadside Attractions
14A Late Quartet$1,10646%6-1$184$1,554,69418Entertainment One / RKO
15Movie 43$411-2%17-4$24$8,810,6466Relativity Media