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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 Sat, Feb. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$30,813,59980%3,775--$8,163$47,907,7311Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$9,609,84739%3,083--$3,117$16,524,6891Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$4,676,02580%2,800-67$1,670$103,002,5604Universal
4Frozen (2013)$3,326,659140%2,460-294$1,352$366,480,12412Disney
5Lone Survivor$2,696,86094%2,869-416$940$111,374,6117Universal
6That Awkward Moment$2,339,53136%2,8090$833$15,371,7402Focus
7The Nut Job$1,872,196160%3,004-468$623$53,865,0474Open Road
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,722,68587%2,139-768$805$43,515,6414Paramount
9Vampire Academy$1,621,99714%2,676--$606$3,045,7281Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$1,533,185104%1,640-576$935$137,300,9209Sony / Columbia
11Labor Day (2013)$1,483,66164%2,5840$574$9,330,8442Paramount
12The Wolf of Wall Street$1,212,68590%1,167-440$1,039$107,163,2367Paramount
13August: Osage County$692,91687%1,327-992$522$33,872,1387Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$675,67978%1,427-1326$473$17,062,4133Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$822,794119%701-431$1,174$266,001,07719Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$382,80097%678-494$565$47,108,52517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$365,25793%504-63$725$28,429,63312Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$341,51786%457-346$747$22,258,3438Warner Bros.
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$327,045107%537-396$609$255,194,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
6Nebraska$325,67192%525-350$620$14,735,75513Paramount Vantage
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$323,34096%529-293$611$422,238,73612Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$289,934100%488-564$594$23,507,35515Focus
9Devil's Due$153,03163%385-905$397$15,331,5844Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$122,15074%346-74$353$124,726,6988Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$102,39478%248-350$413$18,315,8215Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$88,63560%242-168$366$57,152,8037Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$84,494165%251-72$337$35,143,6088Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$78,123109%129-85$606$12,712,05610CBS Films
15Grudge Match$66,25471%341100$194$29,481,6747Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$62,015140%197-23$315$119,239,77320Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$51,46970%182-63$283$106,706,48618Sony / Columbia
18The Book Thief$47,10357%135-43$349$20,924,22914Fox
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$35,064127%115-48$305$52,509,3779Lionsgate
20Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$30,64168%103-47$297$32,365,2376Paramount
21Free Birds$17,677201%109-26$162$55,556,61415Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$154,05067%88--$1,751$246,2471Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$115,055103%6536$1,770$476,3603Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$25,11584%76-271$330$1,318,9353Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$11,54895%60-44$192$63,876,16215CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,32698%46-31$203$8,179,44111Weinstein Company
6Knights of Badassdom$3,341144%9-2$371$86,3353eOne Films US
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$3,05448%1--$3,054$5,1201Rialto Pictures
8All Is Lost$1,47472%12-13$123$6,252,32117Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$1,45875%8-12$182$48,7852Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10The Pretty One$745141%1--$745$1,0541Dada Films
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$73762%11-41$67$116,630,68126Weinstein Company
12Love Is in the Air$57037%3-3$190$7,5182Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$24318%1--$243$4491Rialto Premieres