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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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,770,895-16%2,663--$665$52,501,0451Universal
2Lone Survivor$1,359,995-12%2,989114$455$79,639,0214Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,029,374-20%3,387--$304$20,344,4591Paramount
4American Hustle$765,424-8%2,204-425$347$119,194,8986Sony / Columbia
5The Nut Job$725,363-17%3,427--$212$27,304,1431Open Road
6August: Osage County$687,889-8%2,0511146$335$20,829,7524Weinstein Company
7Frozen (2013)$675,281-10%2,979-260$227$338,125,3859Disney
8The Wolf of Wall Street$602,150-11%1,930-591$312$92,422,8274Paramount
9Her (2013)$341,114-7%1,7290$197$16,540,9135Warner Bros.
10Devil's Due$307,454-20%2,544--$121$9,835,9331Fox
11Saving Mr. Banks$305,372-11%2,449-222$125$76,762,7646Disney
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$247,274-23%1,815-1260$136$249,928,4686Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$227,431-6%2,1040$108$15,600,0172Lionsgate / Summit
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$151,716-11%1,731-1281$88$122,832,0315Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$147,604-9%1,328-434$111$418,329,7569Lionsgate
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$90,936-12%1,037-1547$88$55,641,2764Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$81,183-19%1,569-1314$52$31,716,6863Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$154,266-2%944789$163$259,029,27716Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$146,586-7%761647$193$41,377,45614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$142,8492%505-102$283$24,595,3879Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$102,8706%408-113$252$10,061,55110Paramount Vantage
5Dallas Buyers Club$91,681-9%419294$219$18,231,45012Focus
6Inside Llewyn Davis$79,5492%585-144$136$11,397,0707CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$52,123-8%9030$58$105,877,21315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$37,730-37%343-1016$110$37,764,8604Universal
9The Book Thief$27,240-9%190-113$143$20,275,06911Fox
10Walking With Dinosaurs$15,257-17%454-885$34$34,436,3385Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,094-19%256-8$59$118,586,34217Sony / Columbia
12Grudge Match$14,936-2%408-1597$37$29,120,4034Warner Bros.
13Last Vegas$13,2904%194-46$69$63,652,14512CBS Films
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,703-19%122-241$71$8,022,4558Weinstein Company
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$8,144-2%154-38$53$101,995,29513Paramount
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,548-12%391-649$17$52,270,3586Lionsgate
17Free Birds$6,103-17%199-33$31$55,335,73912Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,696-1%119-17$48$116,555,98723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Knights of Badassdom$6,108-67%13--$470$24,5690eOne Films US
2All Is Lost$4,83216%62-7$78$6,201,17814Roadside Attractions
3Out of the Furnace$4,617-6%9760$48$11,282,8717Relativity Media
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$94823%2--$474$42,29520Rialto Pictures
5Indigo Children$110900%1--$110$2,0811Striped Entertainment
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$55-46%10$55$4,9462Anchor Bay Films