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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 Sun, Mar. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Son of God$6,797,385-27%3,260--$2,085$25,601,8651Fox
2Non-Stop (2014)$6,411,750-48%3,090--$2,075$28,875,6351Universal
3The LEGO Movie$6,150,629-40%3,770-120$1,631$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
4RoboCop (2014)$1,279,703-39%2,885-487$444$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$1,187,301-49%2,8720$413$20,751,6962Relativity Media
6Pompeii$1,149,133-42%2,6580$432$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
7Frozen (2013)$1,124,665-37%1,746-145$644$388,756,78315Disney
8The Monuments Men$1,087,800-55%3,002-62$362$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
9About Last Night$785,131-50%1,804-449$435$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$691,430-53%1,869-317$370$127,161,0807Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$324,427-47%1,317--$246$126,527,20111Paramount
12Philomena$277,010-53%1,09793$253$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$262,360-62%1,874-1022$140$22,189,6103Universal
14Lone Survivor$253,965-48%1,017-499$250$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$406,323-60%94542$430$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$396,924-39%496475$800$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$282,359-54%505-122$559$114,570,29210Paramount
4The Nut Job$230,136-29%752-483$306$60,792,1817Open Road
512 Years a Slave$229,403-56%41162$558$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$223,746-50%340-8$658$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
7Stalingrad (2014)$152,943-28%308--$497$510,8461Sony / Columbia
8That Awkward Moment$114,722-53%608-600$189$25,081,2645Focus
9Repentance$110,645-50%152--$728$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$92,103-60%21641$426$25,325,09418Focus
11Her (2013)$85,954-61%2500$344$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
12Nebraska$80,031-60%28979$277$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,151-40%215-51$280$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$57,457-56%367-440$157$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$55,138-51%705-2260$78$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$52,752-56%346-179$152$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$44,645-51%198-42$225$423,905,46615Lionsgate
18I, Frankenstein$38,910-36%169-48$230$18,850,4256Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$37,645-34%195-19$193$35,783,99611Fox
20Gloria (2014)$30,252-59%102-8$297$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$25,766-56%163-45$158$57,901,56310Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$22,977-40%163-18$141$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$10,857-49%107-311$101$13,250,5225Paramount
24In Secret$9,706-52%109-157$89$420,3092Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$9,122-53%111-425$82$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Legend Of Hercules$21,726-30%89-21$244$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
2Highway$19,856-56%80-17$248$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$10,017-61%73-11$137$21,277,41717Fox
4Captain Phillips$9,184-90%96-93$96$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
5Free Birds$8,576-34%48-8$179$55,682,51818Relativity Media
6Devil's Due$8,019-41%48-36$167$15,773,3997Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$7,712-64%65-42$119$13,159,11413CBS Films
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,584-44%9158$50$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
9Grudge Match$4,557-55%75-33$61$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
10Ernest & Celestine$2,940-62%1--$2,940$13,0781GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$607-68%9-24$67$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$168-34%10$168$21,5604Rialto Pictures