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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 Fri, Feb. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$17,094,132--3,775--$4,528$17,094,1321Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$6,914,842--3,083--$2,243$6,914,8421Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,603,945271%2,800-67$930$98,326,5354Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,724,174182%2,8090$614$13,032,2092Focus
5Vampire Academy$1,423,731--2,676--$532$1,423,7311Weinstein Company
6Lone Survivor$1,391,465135%2,869-416$485$108,677,7517Universal
7Frozen (2013)$1,388,839159%2,460-294$565$363,153,46512Disney
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$923,54198%2,139-768$432$41,792,9564Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$904,787122%2,5840$350$7,847,1832Paramount
10American Hustle$750,65597%1,640-576$458$135,767,7359Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$720,187121%3,004-468$240$51,992,8514Open Road
12The Wolf of Wall Street$636,72790%1,167-440$546$105,950,5517Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$379,44140%1,427-1326$266$16,386,7343Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$370,10219%1,327-992$279$33,179,2227Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$375,48370%701-431$536$265,178,28319Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$194,45116%678-494$287$46,725,72517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$189,45440%504-63$376$28,064,37612Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$183,93948%457-346$402$21,916,8268Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$170,01613%525-350$324$14,410,08413Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$164,611103%529-293$311$421,915,39612Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$157,70743%537-396$294$254,867,8859Warner Bros. / New Line
8Dallas Buyers Club$144,93518%488-564$297$23,217,42115Focus
9Devil's Due$93,86849%385-905$244$15,178,5534Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$70,283138%346-74$203$124,604,5488Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$57,62032%248-350$232$18,213,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,33971%242-168$229$57,064,1687Fox
13Grudge Match$38,688354%341100$113$29,415,4207Warner Bros.
14Inside Llewyn Davis$37,29923%129-85$289$12,633,93310CBS Films
15Walking With Dinosaurs$31,899137%251-72$127$35,059,1148Fox
16Captain Phillips$30,23652%182-63$166$106,655,01718Sony / Columbia
17The Book Thief$30,05416%135-43$223$20,877,12614Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,831149%197-23$131$119,177,75820Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,246201%103-47$177$32,334,5966Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$15,469143%115-48$135$52,474,3139Lionsgate
21Free Birds$5,87064%109-26$54$55,538,93715Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$92,197--88--$1,048$92,1971Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$56,568273%6536$870$361,3053Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$13,645-43%76-271$180$1,293,8203Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$5,924-28%60-44$99$63,864,61415CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,705-36%46-31$102$8,170,11511Weinstein Company
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,066--1--$2,066$2,0661Rialto Pictures
7Knights of Badassdom$1,367-82%9-2$152$82,9943eOne Films US
8All Is Lost$858-38%12-13$72$6,250,84717Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$832-68%8-12$104$47,3272Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$456-64%11-41$41$116,629,94426Weinstein Company
11Love Is in the Air$415-10%3-3$138$6,9482Focus World
12The Pretty One$309--1--$309$3091Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$206--1--$206$2061Rialto Premieres