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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 Sun, Jan. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$8,984,385-38%2,8752873$3,125$38,231,4713Universal
2Frozen (2013)$4,475,472-37%3,239-79$1,382$317,319,1068Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,287,488-38%3,075-655$744$242,226,7885Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$2,283,341-41%2,521-36$906$78,425,7713Paramount
5The Legend Of Hercules$2,213,579-37%2,104--$1,052$8,868,3181Lionsgate / Summit
6American Hustle$1,914,989-50%2,629111$728$101,265,1335Sony / Columbia
7Saving Mr. Banks$1,641,203-45%2,671561$614$68,927,4425Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,402,033-50%2,88316$486$28,456,0192Paramount
9Her (2013)$1,306,557-41%1,7291682$756$8,783,0754Warner Bros.
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,274,822-53%3,012-395$423$118,256,7934Paramount
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,091,650-48%1,762-381$620$413,775,8598Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$987,135-51%2,584-338$382$52,593,6083Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$501,579-27%1,339-1221$375$33,715,0034Fox
1447 Ronin$468,775-34%1,359-1331$345$36,444,1953Universal
15Grudge Match$439,182-51%2,005-851$219$28,410,6463Warner Bros.
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$236,451-57%1,040-434$227$51,854,7535Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$1,853,440-40%905900$2,048$7,703,6503Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$457,256-47%729573$627$9,315,6746CBS Films
3Philomena$388,772-35%6070$640$21,941,0958Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$270,041-29%521281$518$8,215,1179Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$110,267-44%155-10$711$256,224,79615Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$96,607-46%303-26$319$19,742,81010Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$94,937-43%264-14$360$118,068,91216Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$78,436-48%257-34$305$203,934,48010Disney
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$77,866-35%363-647$215$7,760,2707Weinstein Company
1012 Years a Slave$73,898-42%114-37$648$38,904,53513Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$60,048-47%125-3$480$16,681,97211Focus
12Free Birds$48,938-38%232-21$211$55,122,44811Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$44,840-44%240-17$187$63,392,48911CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$35,064-44%192-28$183$101,830,23212Paramount
15Captain Phillips$23,863-45%1149$209$104,987,52614Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$22,148-46%1363$163$116,427,14922Weinstein Company
17Despicable Me 2$19,865-41%137-14$145$368,049,63528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$28,374-41%43-95$660$8,031,9554Yash Raj Films
2All Is Lost$11,767-23%69-2$171$6,108,04113Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$11,119-37%77-7$144$25,121,29113Lionsgate / Summit
4Justin Bieber's Believe$8,211-37%75-962$109$6,187,0553Open Road
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,249-39%33-6$129$68,537,59423Fox
6Out of the Furnace$3,771-31%37-22$102$11,214,8466Relativity Media
7Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$190-91%1--$190$3,2261Anchor Bay Films