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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, Dec. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,009,95518%4,1630$963$303,708,1622Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$2,500,5370%3,7423741$668$98,938,4112Disney
3Homefront$701,37039%2,570--$273$10,944,8611Open Road
4Thor: The Dark World$655,34523%3,286-427$199$187,891,6324Disney
5Delivery Man$512,49938%3,0360$169$20,239,2122Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$460,37931%1,2341164$373$8,675,5954Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$430,1055%1,717-324$250$63,929,8053Universal
8Last Vegas$214,78529%1,854-1072$116$58,980,2025CBS Films
912 Years a Slave$201,27727%1,165-309$173$33,515,2757Fox Searchlight
10Black Nativity$190,03417%1,516--$125$5,132,7321Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$165,63622%1,016-829$163$250,000,9759Warner Bros.
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$116,63911%1,503-1122$78$99,001,2176Paramount
13Free Birds$44,688-30%2,287-784$20$53,375,2775Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$394,42733%835831$472$5,329,0912Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$202,37826%69630$291$10,578,4445Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$111,74621%583--$192$1,486,4401FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$73,14821%807-849$91$102,857,4028Sony / Columbia
5Nebraska$68,54024%10274$672$1,603,0253Paramount Vantage
6Ender's Game$68,17411%843-1192$81$59,510,9725Lionsgate / Summit
7About Time$36,29047%331-719$110$14,724,6135Universal
8All Is Lost$21,17219%154-193$137$5,345,1717Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$17,849-25%707-414$25$115,075,32810Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$13,605-8%271-24$50$366,960,87022Universal
11Prisoners$11,58125%203-52$57$60,983,71011Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,52716%121-112$70$17,210,75311Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$6,85613%164-31$42$150,381,88517Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Family (2013)$6,14627%1304$47$36,820,71012Relativity Media
15Escape Plan$5,67173%141-126$40$24,564,7137Lionsgate / Summit
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,54418%163-22$34$68,249,62517Fox
17Insidious: Chapter 2$5,512-2%140-45$39$83,469,80812FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$4,888114%56-56$87$333,0582Reliance Entertainment
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,398-12%4--$1,100$93,6651Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,19662%78-51$54$16,863,6906Fox
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,926-14%71-53$55$115,649,65916Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$3,83511%68-12$56$44,414,70114Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$3,00372%26-10$116$24,302,64410Relativity Media
7Linsanity$2,240306%3--$747$288,0399Ketchup Entertainment
8In a World...$63161%5-4$126$2,963,56517Roadside Attractions
9The World's End$52356%60$87$26,004,00715Focus
10Runner Runner$463-18%23-15$20$19,313,5099Fox
11Reaching for the Moon$316-16%43$79$44,5294Wolfe Releasing
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$123-57%1--$123$33,64513Rialto Pictures
13Big Sur$5423%21$27$34,8885Ketchup Entertainment
14Romeo and Juliet (2013)$31-98%120$3$1,162,5858Relativity Media
15Grace Unplugged$29--4-6$7$2,507,1359Roadside Attractions