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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, Jan. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$2,817,500-22%2,8752873$980$47,978,2463Universal
2American Hustle$1,011,962-23%2,629111$385$104,577,0915Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,000,355-23%2,521-36$397$81,742,3233Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$751,353-23%3,239-79$232$319,808,2588Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$594,455-24%3,075-655$193$244,222,6395Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$552,107-20%2,671561$207$70,678,2645Disney
7Her (2013)$507,059-20%1,7291682$293$10,446,3424Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$482,113-20%2,104--$229$10,557,4051Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$394,486-21%3,012-395$131$119,562,7074Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$340,565-24%2,88316$118$29,643,2812Paramount
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$290,785-18%1,762-381$165$414,714,2378Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$287,625-21%2,584-338$111$53,527,2113Fox
1347 Ronin$163,080-29%1,359-1331$120$37,008,1803Universal
14Grudge Match$116,423-24%2,005-851$58$28,810,7993Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$60,091-23%1,339-1221$45$33,916,1314Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$46,238-20%1,040-434$44$52,009,6905Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$700,110-15%905900$774$9,852,7603Weinstein Company
2Philomena$199,789-8%6070$329$22,524,3328Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$175,630-14%729573$241$9,861,3656CBS Films
4Nebraska$129,030-11%521281$248$8,606,3979Paramount Vantage
5The Book Thief$46,270-11%303-26$153$19,879,93110Fox
612 Years a Slave$45,358-13%114-37$398$39,047,65313Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$44,212230%903--$49$105,054,50714Sony / Columbia
8Dallas Buyers Club$42,298-16%125-3$338$16,811,46711Focus
9Gravity$38,356-17%155-10$247$256,352,54115Warner Bros.
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$31,993-17%363-647$88$7,860,7467Weinstein Company
11Thor: The Dark World$25,925-13%257-34$101$204,014,66010Disney
12Last Vegas$20,816-19%240-17$87$63,456,33611CBS Films
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,911-9%264-14$60$118,117,93616Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,192-9%192-28$58$101,865,45012Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,520-18%1363$63$116,454,70522Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$7,787-14%232-21$34$55,147,62411Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,0950%137-14$30$368,061,26528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$5,69850%69-2$83$6,130,79213Roadside Attractions
2Justin Bieber's Believe$4,475-43%75-962$60$6,205,5633Open Road
3Escape Plan$3,584-9%77-7$47$25,132,22813Lionsgate / Summit
4Out of the Furnace$2,0093%37-22$54$11,220,5176Relativity Media
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$621-27%33-6$19$68,539,84423Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$12043%1--$120$3,5561Anchor Bay Films