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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. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,265,696-33%3,92825$1,341$140,639,4802Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$4,781,745-34%3,540-176$1,351$204,058,5515Disney
3American Hustle$2,893,802-20%2,5072501$1,154$26,717,4552Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,805,736-52%3,507--$800$48,052,8761Paramount
5Saving Mr. Banks$1,916,311-10%2,1102095$908$14,014,5842Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,358,828-40%2,949-614$461$375,355,8615Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,304,825-22%2,1940$595$31,124,7422Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,043,743-37%3,231--$323$9,793,1251Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$261,885-28%1,116-1148$235$201,407,2967Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$645,77843%239--$2,702$4,520,8271Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$223,598-7%738-97$303$13,785,1135Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$206,506-2%148133$1,395$2,549,3453CBS Films
4The Book Thief$140,104-30%680-478$206$16,937,7187Fox
5Gravity$115,702-9%302-201$383$253,809,99012Warner Bros.
6Nebraska$107,917-3%31060$348$4,589,7206Paramount Vantage
7Homefront$88,425-26%675-1427$131$19,991,4354Open Road
812 Years a Slave$73,820-12%301-196$245$37,238,04510Fox Searchlight
9Delivery Man$72,706-36%663-1378$110$29,466,1545Disney / DreamWorks
10Dallas Buyers Club$71,776-10%330-244$218$15,308,0818Focus
11The Best Man Holiday$61,425-13%351-571$175$69,926,0606Universal
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$56,116-40%313138$179$115,890,57613Sony / Columbia
13Out of the Furnace$55,179-25%728-1373$76$11,057,1343Relativity Media
14Last Vegas$40,104-18%333-393$120$62,333,7118CBS Films
15Captain Phillips$32,169-3%172-151$187$104,353,03111Sony / Columbia
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$20,189-51%278-178$73$100,911,0749Paramount
17Ender's Game$18,708-38%187-144$100$60,773,5478Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$17,730-44%197-26$90$367,553,41025Universal
19Free Birds$14,428-32%184-99$78$54,125,9998Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$7,227-39%138-29$52$24,853,06510Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$47,088-7%6--$7,848$462,4721Warner Bros.
2Black Nativity$7,6230%63-197$121$6,982,3724Fox Searchlight
3All Is Lost$7,512-19%83-180$91$5,857,37110Roadside Attractions
4About Time$6,305-32%97-46$65$15,310,0738Universal
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,09212%40$1,523$304,5374Weinstein Company
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,477-30%85-38$53$68,430,86620Fox
7Enough Said$3,343-16%42-30$80$17,416,44414Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,530-29%43-18$59$116,135,38519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$1,161-59%32-60$36$24,460,50513Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$767-25%29-27$26$36,903,75715Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$338-57%21-130$16$2,182,4094FilmDistrict