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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, Mar. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$1,606,835-4%3,090--$520$36,738,9251Universal
2Son of God$1,370,0539%3,260--$420$31,494,8951Fox
3The LEGO Movie$1,038,1407%3,770-120$275$213,966,6124Warner Bros.
4The Monuments Men$516,60823%3,002-62$172$67,501,6434Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$430,79910%2,8720$150$22,494,2172Relativity Media
6Pompeii$359,543-7%2,6580$135$19,468,0282Sony / TriStar
7RoboCop (2014)$324,958-5%2,885-487$113$52,746,1083Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$291,88910%1,746-145$167$390,040,11415Disney
9About Last Night$244,017-6%1,804-449$135$44,848,3903Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$176,8850%1,869-317$95$127,964,0807Universal
11Philomena$173,35326%1,09793$158$35,223,74715Weinstein Company
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$143,5074%1,317--$109$127,101,37711Paramount
13Endless Love (2014)$111,9650%1,874-1022$60$22,694,7903Universal
14Lone Survivor$86,4457%1,017-499$85$123,707,25610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$154,3099%94542$163$147,330,90812Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$142,6117%41162$347$50,932,03520Fox Searchlight
3The Wind Rises$116,5781%496475$235$2,587,2302Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$101,2112%505-122$200$115,002,85710Paramount
5Gravity$93,163-5%340-8$274$270,912,60622Warner Bros.
6That Awkward Moment$68,1828%608-600$112$25,368,6265Focus
7The Nut Job$62,669-5%752-483$83$61,083,6077Open Road
8Dallas Buyers Club$60,6579%21641$281$25,569,60718Focus
9Nebraska$47,03524%28979$163$17,282,51716Paramount Vantage
10Stalingrad (2014)$39,738-43%308--$129$757,6091Sony / Columbia
11Her (2013)$34,4047%2500$138$24,736,17811Warner Bros.
12August: Osage County$34,07125%346-179$98$37,179,45610Weinstein Company
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$33,20417%367-440$90$49,988,0347Paramount
14Winter's Tale$33,02219%705-2260$47$12,437,8533Warner Bros.
15Repentance$27,914-4%152--$184$622,0971Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$24,31033%215-51$113$257,053,30712Warner Bros. / New Line
17Gloria (2014)$21,78627%104-6$209$1,662,2426Roadside Attractions
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$16,14312%198-42$82$423,969,84315Lionsgate
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$10,15215%163-45$62$57,941,61010Fox
20I, Frankenstein$9,891-14%169-48$59$18,900,0986Lionsgate
21Walking With Dinosaurs$7,4552%195-19$38$35,816,97911Fox
22Labor Day (2013)$7,44924%107-311$70$13,275,6005Paramount
23In Secret$7,23615%109-157$66$444,1792Roadside Attractions
24Vampire Academy$3,612-10%111-425$33$7,739,7284Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$9,70232%73-11$133$21,308,89817Fox
2Inside Llewyn Davis$8,97952%65-42$138$13,184,47413CBS Films
3The Legend Of Hercules$6,21812%89-21$70$18,780,7938Lionsgate / Summit
4Highway$5,76512%80-17$72$514,1462UTV Motion Pictures
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,182103%9158$57$8,285,63714Weinstein Company
6Devil's Due$2,9528%48-36$62$15,785,3357Fox
7Free Birds$2,3333%48-8$49$55,692,41418Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$2,31035%75-33$31$29,792,82710Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$481-8%1--$481$15,0071GKIDS
10Hasee Toh Phasee$24050%9-24$27$646,0344Reliance Entertainment
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$203-23%21$102$22,3304Rialto Pictures