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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 Mon, Jan. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$1,728,610-64%3,318-17$521$298,420,3397Disney
2The Wolf of Wall Street$1,392,973-59%2,55720$545$64,518,4402Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,301,012-67%3,730-198$349$230,360,6544Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,100,541-65%2,867--$384$19,444,1521Paramount
5American Hustle$1,041,098-62%2,51811$413$88,964,2214Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$921,240-60%3,407-100$270$109,634,7123Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$703,688-63%2,1100$334$59,661,9684Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$693,202-60%2,92213$237$46,164,1562Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$563,827-64%2,143-172$263$407,703,5267Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$538,015-60%2,6901$200$33,225,6952Universal
11Grudge Match$422,153-65%2,85618$148$25,257,6332Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$308,563-68%2,560-683$121$31,652,7483Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$153,292-71%1,474-314$104$50,380,5694Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$94,236-59%1,01035$93$7,155,8236Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$58,040-58%1,0370$56$6,021,0222Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$143,632-60%607-120$237$19,729,9437Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$104,633-62%156-5$671$6,995,4385CBS Films
3Nebraska$53,875-65%240-10$224$7,057,1718Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$52,894-55%329-152$161$19,144,7139Fox
5Thor: The Dark World$43,806-58%291-28$151$203,493,0109Disney
6Gravity$41,207-65%165-10$250$255,662,87414Warner Bros.
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,795-62%278-25$136$117,652,03215Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$32,913-60%151-3$218$38,504,99912Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$24,982-67%1284$195$16,325,82510Focus
10Last Vegas$23,078-49%25736$90$63,135,39610CBS Films
11Free Birds$22,173-56%25310$88$54,916,69810Relativity Media
12Ender's Game$19,555-60%242-7$81$61,676,40410Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,646-61%220-37$76$101,642,09011Paramount
14Dhoom 3$15,114-78%138-82$110$7,861,9863Yash Raj Films
15Delivery Man$9,350-50%1459$64$29,875,7887Disney / DreamWorks
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,769-61%13399$66$116,302,43121Weinstein Company
17The Best Man Holiday$7,800-61%13010$60$70,500,4858Universal
18Despicable Me 2$7,555-64%151-14$50$367,964,29027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$87,487-57%470$1,861$3,075,2283Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$14,086-66%50$2,817$495,7702Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$9,152-66%20$4,576$335,8372Universal
4All Is Lost$5,926-42%714$83$6,053,13312Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$4,472-63%84-23$53$25,068,02712Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$4,450-15%23-4$193$17,502,11916Fox Searchlight
7Out of the Furnace$2,809-54%59-43$48$11,190,3455Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,669-64%39-14$43$68,519,87922Fox
9Don Jon$1,01412%21-10$48$24,476,20715Relativity Media
10Black Nativity$255-52%15-9$17$7,012,5706Fox Searchlight
11The Family (2013)$219-63%19-10$12$36,917,94917Relativity Media