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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, Dec. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$9,306,29577%3,92825$2,369$149,945,7752Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Wolf of Wall Street$9,150,379--2,537--$3,607$9,150,3790Paramount
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,100,307189%3,50757$2,310$56,153,1831Paramount
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$7,813,372--2,909--$2,686$7,813,3720Fox
5American Hustle$7,364,551154%2,5072501$2,938$34,082,0062Sony / Columbia
647 Ronin$7,031,735--2,689--$2,615$7,031,7350Universal
7Frozen (2013)$6,354,22233%3,335-280$1,905$210,412,7735Disney
8Saving Mr. Banks$5,131,170168%2,1102095$2,432$19,145,7542Disney
9Grudge Match$3,957,484--2,838--$1,394$3,957,4840Warner Bros.
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,964,726127%1,803-391$1,644$34,089,4682Lionsgate
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,528,15086%2,305-1258$1,097$377,884,0115Lionsgate
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,732,94066%3,231--$536$11,526,0651Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$1,250,000--1,037--$1,205$1,250,0000Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,252,13120454%975971$1,284$1,556,6684Weinstein Company
2Dhoom 3$865,37434%239--$3,621$5,386,2011Yash Raj Films
3Inside Llewyn Davis$451,430119%160145$2,821$3,000,7753CBS Films
4Philomena$417,07087%727-108$574$14,202,1835Weinstein Company
5Nebraska$192,60178%2500$770$4,782,3216Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$156,13511%463-524$337$17,093,8537Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$151,326-42%319-1604$474$201,558,6227Disney
8Gravity$136,41318%175-328$780$253,946,40312Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$85,06615%147-267$579$37,323,11110Fox Searchlight
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$71,23027%303128$235$115,961,80613Sony / Columbia
11Dallas Buyers Club$69,448-3%137-341$507$15,377,5298Focus
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$57,152183%257-199$222$100,968,2269Paramount
13The Best Man Holiday$53,250-13%195-475$273$69,979,3106Universal
14Ender's Game$51,043173%236-95$216$60,824,5908Lionsgate / Summit
15Last Vegas$47,34118%221-505$214$62,381,0528CBS Films
16Captain Phillips$34,0686%111-212$307$104,387,09911Sony / Columbia
17Delivery Man$30,915-57%136-1366$227$29,497,0695Disney / DreamWorks
18Free Birds$30,548112%243-40$126$54,156,5478Relativity Media
19Despicable Me 2$20,12514%175-37$115$367,573,53525Universal
20Escape Plan$17,808146%110-57$162$24,870,87310Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,618-79%102-1999$114$11,068,7523Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$262,861458%4741$5,593$725,3331Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$36,842--2--$18,421$36,8420Universal
3Homefront$25,526-71%75-1175$340$20,016,9614Open Road
4All Is Lost$10,61241%83-180$128$5,867,98310Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,19785%42-30$148$17,422,64114Fox Searchlight
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,67727%85-38$67$68,436,54320Fox
7About Time$4,745-25%73-47$65$15,314,8188Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,51578%34-27$133$116,139,90019Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$2,596-66%63-83$41$6,985,3284Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,86861%31-61$60$24,462,37313Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,25664%29-27$43$36,905,01315Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$962185%21-130$46$2,183,3714FilmDistrict