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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 Tue, Nov. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$5,244,111-50%3,841--$1,365$101,399,1461Disney
2Last Vegas$1,162,711-25%3,08217$377$36,179,3772CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$870,445-41%3,187-158$273$81,120,0543Paramount
4Ender's Game$740,614-53%3,4070$217$46,327,0192Lionsgate / Summit
5Gravity$663,168-46%2,720-304$244$233,142,2056Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$652,564-42%1,144734$570$19,201,4984Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$513,930-40%2,646-375$194$92,257,7735Sony / Columbia
8Free Birds$453,075-82%3,7360$121$33,168,1982Relativity Media
9About Time$450,050-29%1,2001025$375$7,355,6782Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$117,339-85%1,836-594$64$110,875,0737Sony / Columbia
11Escape Plan$100,530-19%1,049-917$96$23,432,7344Lionsgate / Summit
12Carrie (2013)$100,116-37%1,512-740$66$34,308,7834Sony / Screen Gems
13The Counselor$94,459-26%1,022-2022$92$16,082,4903Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$117,566-30%399269$295$3,084,8034Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$58,112-26%429-233$135$15,975,8238Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$28,286-25%358-197$79$149,747,89614Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$26,350-73%3101$85$365,477,62019Universal
5Machete Kills$22,367103%212-51$106$7,982,5595Open Road
6Prisoners$21,536-6%225-240$96$60,313,5798Warner Bros.
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$18,205-25%214-98$85$115,342,73913Weinstein Company
8Rush (2013)$13,940-29%164-139$85$26,784,9548Universal
9Diana$13,115-6%10062$131$220,5622eOne Films US
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,560-75%216-35$44$67,755,42614Fox
11Insidious: Chapter 2$7,905-53%229-324$35$83,075,2869FilmDistrict
12Baggage Claim$5,810-52%135-159$43$21,401,8877Fox Searchlight
13Runner Runner$4,587-25%119-118$39$19,252,8046Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$62,418-29%3526$1,783$1,143,5922Focus
2Don Jon$15,207-8%92-89$165$24,109,6637Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$7,183-51%4--$1,796$126,9841Fox
4Pulling Strings$4,173-48%76-33$55$5,794,5796Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Wolverine$3,853-53%77-42$50$132,437,00516Fox
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,805691%21-1$181$1,129,0915Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$3,681-63%74-169$50$2,179,4954High Top Releasing
8Instructions Not Included$3,188-46%52-84$61$44,204,06211Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Turbo$2,755-78%62-7$44$82,887,19617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Family (2013)$2,526-36%57-30$44$36,629,4879Relativity Media
11Reaching for the Moon$1,734-25%2--$867$18,6151Wolfe Releasing
12Grace Unplugged$1,060-62%37-44$29$2,484,8056Roadside Attractions
13In a World...$1,034-27%18-4$57$2,929,78514Roadside Attractions
14The Heat$802-22%28-14$29$159,534,13420Fox
15Big Sur$719-13%5-8$144$31,3992Ketchup Entertainment
16The World's End$611-42%9-7$68$25,984,20312Focus
17The Spectacular Now$562-23%12-6$47$6,847,64015A24
18Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$249-78%32$83$23,9923Cinepix
19Linsanity$158-90%3-1$53$270,6476Ketchup Entertainment
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$142-11%1-4$142$52,8467Rialto Pictures