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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 Sun, Nov. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$9,300,119-45%3,8410$2,421$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$7,154,840-42%2,024--$3,535$30,107,5551Universal
3Free Birds$2,404,285-39%3,510-226$685$42,024,3563Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$2,018,082-48%3,237155$623$46,532,5273CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,743,464-49%3,1903$547$89,953,1744Paramount
6Ender's Game$1,505,436-46%3,236-171$465$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
7Gravity$1,448,373-51%2,560-160$566$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$1,180,810-43%1,411267$837$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$1,013,885-51%2,626-20$386$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$780,800-48%1,28080$610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$613,866-37%1,645-191$373$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$466,928-40%184149$2,538$3,012,2953Focus
2All Is Lost$231,161-44%48384$479$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$152,987-37%687-362$223$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$128,047-51%933-579$137$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$113,217-55%393-36$288$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
6Despicable Me 2$108,275-48%305-5$355$365,943,52020Universal
7The Counselor$89,786-43%481-541$187$16,584,6844Fox
8Prisoners$60,834-45%355130$171$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$50,434-52%303-55$166$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$41,975-44%215-1$195$67,924,68315Fox
11Elysium$31,731-39%181-11$175$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,468-43%176-38$145$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
13Rush (2013)$21,615-52%131-33$165$26,903,7099Universal
14Insidious: Chapter 2$18,679-61%167-62$112$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
15Baggage Claim$10,244-67%108-27$95$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$124,465-36%2925$4,292$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$45,122-24%4--$11,281$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$29,925-47%55-19$544$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
4The Smurfs 2$16,062-30%88-6$183$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
5Diana$16,017-28%83-17$193$298,1333eOne Films US
6Don Jon$15,646-41%48-44$326$24,194,5418Relativity Media
7Grown Ups 2$13,654-49%91-20$150$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
8Turbo$12,665-31%53-9$239$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pulling Strings$11,8901%760$156$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Instructions Not Included$10,727-23%47-5$228$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Wolverine$9,433-48%65-12$145$132,481,84317Fox
12Runner Runner$5,754-43%76-43$76$19,285,2217Fox
13In a World...$3,958-29%9-9$440$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$3,523-38%30-27$117$36,648,64510Relativity Media
15Reaching for the Moon$2,876-28%20$1,438$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
16Grace Unplugged$2,637-49%29-8$91$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$1,851-59%27-1$69$159,545,15721Fox
18Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,478-55%298$51$1,142,6106Relativity Media
19The World's End$919-46%8-1$115$25,989,73313Focus
20Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$728-46%2-1$364$28,4494Cinepix
21The Spectacular Now$290-40%8-4$36$6,850,01316A24
22Big Sur$205-23%1-4$205$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment