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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. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,062,215-31%2,75996$385$79,503,9702Universal
2Lone Survivor$885,360-16%3,162173$280$96,776,5315Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$727,035-22%3,3870$215$32,785,0592Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$594,727-34%2,757-222$216$350,053,02210Disney
5American Hustle$579,048-10%2,304100$251$128,719,9487Sony / Columbia
6August: Osage County$545,866-7%2,411360$226$28,068,6645Weinstein Company
7The Nut Job$520,193-42%3,47245$150$42,096,2062Open Road
8I, Frankenstein$496,552-32%2,753--$180$10,462,6391Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$474,752-18%1,804-126$263$100,021,1115Paramount
1012 Years a Slave$211,225-10%1,231470$172$44,185,12315Fox Searchlight
11Her (2013)$209,365-13%1,325-404$158$19,823,3766Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$206,779-11%1,110691$186$20,968,75413Focus
13Saving Mr. Banks$204,194-8%1,660-789$123$79,749,4537Disney
14Devil's Due$181,291-27%2,5440$71$13,564,4412Fox
15Gravity$175,525-17%1,260316$139$261,774,25417Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$159,753-25%1,285-530$124$252,861,3187Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$102,798-19%1,051-277$98$420,357,90410Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$88,050-16%1,371-733$64$17,332,2103Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$209,9201%968560$217$12,294,43911Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$164,0176%5050$325$26,245,92410Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$65,487-21%824-907$79$124,019,6366Paramount
4Inside Llewyn Davis$46,1753%289-296$160$12,128,3358CBS Films
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$43,628-19%385--$113$835,5231Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$42,772-26%540-497$79$56,489,8495Fox
7Captain Phillips$31,552-11%302-601$104$106,339,11816Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$24,609-25%527-1042$47$32,181,6184Paramount
9The Book Thief$24,587-6%1977$125$20,586,31812Fox
1047 Ronin$22,705-34%239-104$95$38,137,1055Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,938-25%242-14$62$118,921,80618Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,089-29%330-124$37$34,734,6616Fox
13Grudge Match$9,661-11%244-164$40$29,266,5335Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,926-15%171-28$35$55,453,65213Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,254-13%102-20$52$8,095,5659Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,459-17%101-18$34$116,608,36524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,151-18%132-259$16$52,334,7677Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,3165%3--$1,772$72,3101Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,401-13%74-23$32$11,316,3778Relativity Media
3Knights of Badassdom$2,203-18%130$169$52,6931eOne Films US
4All Is Lost$1,9719%30-32$66$6,230,05115Roadside Attractions