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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 Wed, Nov. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$3,565,731-32%3,841--$928$104,964,8771Disney
2Last Vegas$987,395-15%3,08217$320$37,166,7722CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$691,513-21%3,187-158$217$81,811,5673Paramount
4Ender's Game$602,781-19%3,4070$177$46,929,8002Lionsgate / Summit
5Gravity$562,260-15%2,720-304$207$233,704,4656Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$537,442-18%1,144734$470$19,738,9404Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$435,734-15%2,646-375$165$92,693,5075Sony / Columbia
8About Time$372,125-17%1,2001025$310$7,727,8032Universal
9Free Birds$350,956-23%3,7360$94$33,519,1542Relativity Media
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,084-22%1,836-594$50$110,966,1577Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$80,851-19%1,512-740$53$34,389,6344Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$77,726-18%1,022-2022$76$16,160,2163Fox
13Escape Plan$67,411-33%1,049-917$64$23,500,1454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$113,067-4%399269$283$3,197,8704Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$54,551-6%429-233$127$16,030,3748Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$27,154-4%358-197$76$149,775,05014Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$24,800-6%3101$80$365,502,42019Universal
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,421-15%214-98$72$115,358,16013Weinstein Company
6Prisoners$13,567-37%225-240$60$60,327,1468Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$13,101-41%212-51$62$7,995,6605Open Road
8Diana$11,593-12%10062$116$232,1552eOne Films US
9Rush (2013)$11,480-18%164-139$70$26,796,4348Universal
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,589-21%216-35$35$67,763,01514Fox
11Insidious: Chapter 2$7,318-7%229-324$32$83,082,6049FilmDistrict
12Baggage Claim$4,907-16%135-159$36$21,406,7947Fox Searchlight
13Runner Runner$4,529-1%119-118$38$19,257,3336Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$57,288-8%3526$1,637$1,200,8802Focus
2Don Jon$11,641-23%92-89$127$24,121,3047Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$7,97811%4--$1,995$134,9621Fox
4Pulling Strings$4,123-1%76-33$54$5,798,7026Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Wolverine$3,668-5%77-42$48$132,440,67316Fox
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$3,138-15%74-169$42$2,182,6334High Top Releasing
7The Family (2013)$2,84713%57-30$50$36,632,3349Relativity Media
8Linsanity$2,7461638%3-1$915$273,3936Ketchup Entertainment
9Turbo$2,060-25%62-7$33$82,889,25617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Instructions Not Included$2,012-37%52-84$39$44,206,07411Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Reaching for the Moon$1,8627%2--$931$20,4771Wolfe Releasing
12Grace Unplugged$882-17%37-44$24$2,485,6876Roadside Attractions
13The Heat$765-5%28-14$27$159,534,89920Fox
14In a World...$651-37%18-4$36$2,930,43614Roadside Attractions
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$642-83%21-1$31$1,129,7335Relativity Media
16The World's End$6080%9-7$68$25,984,81112Focus
17The Spectacular Now$472-16%12-6$39$6,848,11215A24
18Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$41868%32$139$24,4103Cinepix
19Big Sur$398-45%5-8$80$31,7972Ketchup Entertainment
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$347144%1-4$347$53,1937Rialto Pictures