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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, Jan. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,469,075-11%2,55720$575$69,586,5512Paramount
2American Hustle$1,208,601-7%2,51811$480$92,962,9284Sony / Columbia
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,104,187-6%3,730-198$296$234,204,4354Warner Bros. / New Line
4Frozen (2013)$1,089,445-8%3,318-17$328$302,590,9887Disney
5Saving Mr. Banks$835,752-1%2,1100$396$62,371,2264Disney
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$775,213-10%3,407-100$228$112,417,9443Paramount
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$751,003-11%2,867--$262$22,171,3891Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$590,921-9%2,92213$202$48,290,7622Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$496,498-5%2,143-172$232$409,392,6517Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$404,025-17%2,6901$150$34,799,8852Universal
11Grudge Match$333,388-14%2,85618$117$26,503,4302Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$160,169-18%2,560-683$63$32,309,0273Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$108,572-9%1,474-314$74$50,763,8974Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$101,288-3%1,01035$100$7,485,2036Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$43,1086%1,0370$42$6,157,6142Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$305,3088%607-120$503$20,556,0287Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$150,9023%156-5$967$7,433,1265CBS Films
3Nebraska$100,85611%240-10$420$7,329,6548Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$71,5147%329-152$217$19,349,7349Fox
5Gravity$51,35416%165-10$311$255,805,70414Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$43,606-1%151-3$289$38,633,77512Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,603-1%1284$309$16,442,08310Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$37,550-5%291-28$129$203,619,5869Disney
9Last Vegas$27,90315%25736$109$63,214,90910CBS Films
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,6970%278-25$89$117,738,75715Sony / Columbia
11Ender's Game$20,2796%242-7$84$61,737,19110Lionsgate / Summit
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,271-1%220-37$79$101,694,81711Paramount
13Dhoom 3$16,013-26%138-82$116$7,932,7113Yash Raj Films
14Free Birds$13,649-9%25310$54$54,964,82610Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$12,26417%13399$92$116,336,69721Weinstein Company
16The Best Man Holiday$8,4258%13010$65$70,525,1958Universal
17Delivery Man$8,168-15%1459$56$29,904,6807Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$5,285-13%151-14$35$367,983,19027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$107,519-5%470$2,288$3,399,0363Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$26,127117%2927$901$381,5612Universal
3August: Osage County$18,59712%50$3,719$545,3852Weinstein Company
4All Is Lost$6,6746%714$94$6,071,52512Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,3943%23-4$278$17,517,11016Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,8276%84-23$57$25,082,48412Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$4,08913%59-43$69$11,201,1075Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$842-26%39-14$22$68,523,51522Fox
9Black Nativity$41335%15-9$28$7,013,6786Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$245-27%19-10$13$36,918,81117Relativity Media
11Don Jon$228-53%21-10$11$24,477,70415Relativity Media