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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. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,703,1561%3,7750$716$151,710,0962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,185,003-5%3,3720$351$34,200,1061Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,003,015-4%3,0830$325$49,944,6842Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$850,970-5%2,253--$378$30,746,2901Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$453,7490%2,101-359$216$379,704,33513Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$420,025-3%2,896--$145$15,841,2551Universal
7Ride Along$415,3053%2,517-168$165$118,505,8005Universal
8Winter's Tale$311,188-6%2,965--$105$9,093,9011Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,3350%2,013-467$120$119,730,9068Universal
10That Awkward Moment$214,0901%1,922-887$111$22,668,5423Focus
11The Nut Job$190,1835%1,918-1086$99$58,839,5035Open Road
12Philomena$189,541-3%1,225721$155$31,523,93613Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$179,4774%1,072-416$167$142,383,07410Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,985-7%1,278-861$103$48,472,6785Paramount
15Vampire Academy$115,277-6%2,6760$43$7,344,6082Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$87,703-5%1,010-317$87$36,215,3118Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$84,9212%1,664-920$51$12,879,6413Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$155,158-2%751-416$207$111,518,6918Paramount
2Gravity$82,346-1%355-346$232$268,428,12820Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,5120%386-180$165$48,554,72318Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$59,5014%324-201$184$16,088,87314Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$51,2834%255-202$201$23,570,6109Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$34,8343%223-265$156$24,449,50116Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,4260%285-252$121$256,343,74410Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,1761%326-203$105$423,307,51613Lionsgate
9I, Frankenstein$28,508-10%468-959$61$18,512,1324Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,6162%261-85$64$125,168,3689Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,275-4%201-41$76$57,547,0848Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,19913%248-3$49$35,495,8389Fox
13Grudge Match$9,94529%291-50$34$29,700,2838Warner Bros.
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$8,98117%181-16$50$119,461,28821Sony / Columbia
15Devil's Due$8,264-4%123-176$67$15,656,0145Fox
16Captain Phillips$7,15811%135-47$53$106,892,78019Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$30,576-13%9833$312$1,110,9224Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,9290%86-43$150$12,999,07311CBS Films
3The Book Thief$9,1535%94-41$97$21,127,79215Fox
4Knights of Badassdom$8,25145739%2-7$4,126$113,5314eOne Films US
5Hasee Toh Phasee$5,002-28%77-11$65$597,6792Reliance Entertainment
6The Legend Of Hercules$4,760-2%90-158$53$18,545,9136Lionsgate / Summit
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,73129%34-12$139$8,233,48912Weinstein Company
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,1170%62-41$50$32,462,3727Paramount
9Free Birds$2,94629%75-34$39$55,625,87016Relativity Media
10Last Vegas$1,72334%41-19$42$63,914,16716CBS Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,09539%10$1,095$18,4982Rialto Pictures
12Gimme Shelter (2014)$496-46%15-61$33$1,357,5764Roadside Attractions
13All Is Lost$45954%9-3$51$6,260,62518Roadside Attractions
14At Middleton$30462%1-6$304$53,8373Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15The Pretty One$20782%10$207$5,1902Dada Films