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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 Thu, Feb. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,441,25912%3,775--$647$80,302,9301Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$2,136,914-24%3,372--$634$4,945,6120Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,545,6427%3,083--$501$28,668,6671Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$496,72516%2,685-182$185$107,373,7954Universal
5Frozen (2013)$398,42729%2,460-294$162$370,191,21412Disney
6That Awkward Moment$360,77712%2,8090$128$18,062,9462Focus
7Lone Survivor$359,66516%2,480-805$145$114,326,1667Universal
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$255,51319%2,139-768$119$45,446,8614Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$245,9002%2,5840$95$11,194,5682Paramount
10American Hustle$237,42814%1,488-728$160$139,020,2589Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$208,14514%1,167-440$178$108,746,1327Paramount
12Vampire Academy$180,73111%2,676--$68$4,751,9991Weinstein Company
13The Nut Job$170,21316%3,004-468$57$55,750,6564Open Road
14August: Osage County$149,6904%1,327-992$113$34,881,8077Weinstein Company
15I, Frankenstein$60,4214%1,427-1326$42$17,864,8783Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$101,745-2%504-63$202$29,073,12712Weinstein Company
2Nebraska$82,1696%525-350$157$15,260,12313Paramount Vantage
3Gravity$71,37714%701-431$102$266,921,61019Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$69,3168%566-606$122$47,651,97617Fox Searchlight
5Her (2013)$61,0017%457-346$133$22,708,9908Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$51,8061%488-564$106$23,900,32115Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$49,13717%537-396$92$255,625,3779Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,74116%529-293$66$422,575,81912Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$23,7128%346-74$69$124,894,4308Paramount
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,60912%242-168$65$57,260,0057Fox
11Inside Llewyn Davis$15,3053%129-85$119$12,818,80110CBS Films
12Devil's Due$15,119-7%299-991$51$15,491,7294Fox
13The Book Thief$12,83521%135-43$95$20,996,29614Fox
14Grudge Match$12,07514%341100$35$29,569,4457Warner Bros.
15Captain Phillips$11,86522%182-63$65$106,778,48818Sony / Columbia
16The Legend Of Hercules$9,349-10%248-350$38$18,445,2805Lionsgate / Summit
17Walking With Dinosaurs$8,63712%251-72$34$35,243,0598Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,29826%197-23$32$119,303,05320Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,2192%103-47$51$32,406,9106Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,66627%115-48$32$52,543,3549Lionsgate
21Free Birds$2,14422%109-26$20$55,575,37015Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$19,304-28%6536$297$643,2053Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$9,096-44%88--$103$402,3311Reliance Entertainment
3Knights of Badassdom$5,079252%9-2$564$97,2083eOne Films US
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,98457%46-31$108$8,200,92811Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$3,11744%60-44$52$63,890,50915CBS Films
6Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,176-2%76-271$29$1,347,7343Roadside Attractions
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$840-46%1--$840$12,2671Rialto Pictures
8All Is Lost$321-79%12-13$27$6,255,56217Roadside Attractions
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$257104%11-41$23$116,632,09526Weinstein Company
10At Middleton$1981%7-13$28$51,2182Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11The Pretty One$12237%1--$122$2,3541Dada Films
12Love Is in the Air$115-65%3-3$38$8,4252Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$5816%1--$58$9431Rialto Premieres