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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. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$12,871,109--2,253--$5,713$12,871,1091Sony / Screen Gems
2The LEGO Movie$12,798,674424%3,7750$3,390$93,101,6042Warner Bros.
3Endless Love (2014)$7,428,245--2,896--$2,565$7,428,2451Universal
4RoboCop (2014)$6,828,685220%3,372--$2,025$11,774,2971Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$4,964,973221%3,0830$1,610$33,633,6402Sony / Columbia
6Winter's Tale$3,652,687--2,965--$1,232$3,652,6871Warner Bros.
7Ride Along$3,410,535587%2,517-283$1,355$110,784,3305Universal
8Frozen (2013)$1,707,212328%2,101-359$813$371,898,42613Disney
9That Awkward Moment$1,536,844326%1,922-887$800$19,599,7903Focus
10Lone Survivor$1,248,105247%2,013-856$620$115,574,2718Universal
11American Hustle$781,082229%1,072-568$729$139,801,34010Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$754,474195%1,278-861$590$46,201,3355Paramount
13Vampire Academy$706,928291%2,6760$264$5,458,9272Weinstein Company
14Labor Day (2013)$494,387101%1,664-920$297$11,688,9553Paramount
15Philomena$415,070308%1,225721$339$29,488,19713Weinstein Company
16The Nut Job$400,265135%1,918-1086$209$56,150,9215Open Road
17August: Osage County$238,73659%1,010-317$236$35,120,5438Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$556,153167%751-416$741$109,302,2858Paramount
2Gravity$294,553313%355-346$830$267,216,16320Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$192,788216%255-202$756$22,901,7789Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$172,457396%326-203$529$422,748,27613Lionsgate
5I, Frankenstein$163,272170%468-959$349$18,028,1504Lionsgate
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$143,597192%285-252$504$255,768,97410Warner Bros. / New Line
7Nebraska$138,89869%324-201$429$15,399,02114Paramount Vantage
812 Years a Slave$131,22689%386-292$340$47,783,20218Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$92,79779%223-265$416$23,993,11816Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$66,899329%201-41$333$57,326,9048Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$64,797173%261-85$248$124,959,2279Paramount
12Devil's Due$50,619235%123-262$412$15,542,3485Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$37,120330%248-3$150$35,280,1799Fox
14Grudge Match$29,382143%291-50$101$29,598,8278Warner Bros.
15Captain Phillips$26,040119%135-47$193$106,804,52819Sony / Columbia
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,374303%181-16$140$119,328,42721Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$81,242321%9833$829$724,4474Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$49,305442%77-11$640$451,6362Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$31,715107%86-43$369$12,850,51611CBS Films
4The Book Thief$25,37098%94-41$270$21,021,66615Fox
5The Legend Of Hercules$23,867155%90-158$265$18,469,1476Lionsgate / Summit
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$11,903128%62-41$192$32,418,8137Paramount
7Free Birds$7,885268%75-34$105$55,583,25516Relativity Media
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,12623%34-12$180$8,207,05412Weinstein Company
9Last Vegas$6,11796%41-19$149$63,896,62616CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,309-40%15-61$87$1,349,0434Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$1,105244%9-3$123$6,256,66718Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,08830%10$1,088$13,3552Rialto Pictures
13The Pretty One$681458%10$681$3,0352Dada Films
14At Middleton$479142%1-7$479$51,6973Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15Knights of Badassdom$259-95%2-7$130$97,4674eOne Films US