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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, Dec. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,938,977-3%4,1630$706$309,664,9562Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,867,1762%3,7420$499$102,637,4362Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$509,0682%3,2860$155$188,899,6424Disney
4Homefront$476,292-1%2,5700$185$11,900,3901Open Road
5Delivery Man$394,9031%3,0360$130$21,024,7822Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$346,255-2%1,2340$281$9,375,0554Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$308,770-6%1,717-68$180$64,565,6153Universal
812 Years a Slave$180,0842%1,1650$155$33,872,1207Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$169,705-1%1,854-109$92$59,321,6085CBS Films
10Gravity$138,0541%1,0160$136$250,275,2549Warner Bros.
11Black Nativity$117,589-8%1,5160$78$5,378,0031Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$100,2571%1,503-116$67$99,200,5356Paramount
13Free Birds$36,0741%2,2870$16$53,446,9265Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$311,175-6%83582$373$5,972,6352Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$187,3103%6966$269$10,948,3245Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$82,408-5%5830$141$1,655,2161FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$66,6681%8070$83$102,990,3778Sony / Columbia
5Ender's Game$64,5737%8430$77$59,635,7415Lionsgate / Summit
6Nebraska$56,042-4%1020$549$1,717,4783Paramount Vantage
7About Time$28,0100%331-45$85$14,780,5985Universal
8All Is Lost$17,067-2%154-195$111$5,379,6407Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,9828%7070$23$115,106,16510Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$13,4159%2710$50$366,986,59522Universal
11Prisoners$8,975-7%2030$44$61,002,30211Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,7854%1210$73$17,227,98611Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$5,890-7%1640$36$150,394,11917Warner Bros. / New Line
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,113-23%1630$31$68,261,36317Fox
15Insidious: Chapter 2$5,086-6%1400$36$83,480,29312FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$4,604-13%1300$35$36,830,60912Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$4,50420%1410$32$24,572,9757Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$12,612-13%4--$3,153$27,0760Relativity Media
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,113106%4--$2,028$105,7161Weinstein Company
3Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,08019%710$57$115,657,15616Weinstein Company
4The Counselor$3,81913%780$49$16,870,8766Fox
5Linsanity$3,31872%32$1,106$293,2879Ketchup Entertainment
6Don Jon$3,174-1%26-10$122$24,309,02910Relativity Media
7Instructions Not Included$2,884-21%680$42$44,421,22414Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,378-22%56-56$42$338,4712Reliance Entertainment
9Runner Runner$473-11%230$21$19,314,5159Fox
10Reaching for the Moon$435-19%4--$109$45,5024Wolfe Releasing
11The World's End$362-25%60$60$26,004,85115Focus
12In a World...$18623%5-4$37$2,963,90217Roadside Attractions
13Contempt (2013 re-issue)$168-55%1--$168$34,18613Rialto Pictures
14Big Sur$153394%2--$77$35,0725Ketchup Entertainment
15Grace Unplugged$4275%4-6$11$2,507,2019Roadside Attractions
16Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2717%120$2$1,162,6358Relativity Media