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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 Sat, Mar. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$16,089,450-8%3,470--$4,637$33,543,7591Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$14,374,77179%3,934--$3,654$22,393,6941Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$7,113,20551%3,11323$2,285$48,552,7602Universal
4The LEGO Movie$5,113,832102%3,290-480$1,554$221,606,9835Warner Bros.
5Son of God$4,187,14756%3,27111$1,280$38,370,6752Fox
6The Monuments Men$1,460,67069%2,001-1001$730$69,828,8155Sony / Columbia
7Frozen (2013)$1,389,988120%1,660-86$837$392,063,22316Disney
83 Days to Kill$1,374,37457%2,348-524$585$24,742,7233Relativity Media
912 Years a Slave$972,50967%1,065654$913$52,488,62921Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$972,40567%1,323-546$735$129,518,6058Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$917,96279%1,714-1171$536$54,176,7734Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$739,84851%1,074-730$689$46,079,0714Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$695,95549%1,658-1000$420$20,630,3383Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$521,70874%605-340$862$148,152,22813Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$431,73080%38444$1,124$271,584,35023Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$399,46567%4960$805$3,226,5973Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$327,13766%359-146$911$115,526,47311Paramount
5Philomena$311,45762%670-427$465$35,887,58316Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$293,55771%31296$941$26,034,84019Focus
7Lone Survivor$198,24071%472-545$420$124,021,13611Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$182,16521%536-1338$340$23,027,0354Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$156,31179%333118$469$257,296,92713Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$143,064101%490-262$292$61,297,7928Open Road
11Repentance$135,29669%1575$862$837,6282Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$118,63861%155-95$765$24,928,57312Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$94,41021%188-420$502$25,541,2046Focus
14Nebraska$88,99082%180-109$494$17,420,32217Paramount Vantage
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$65,64223%304-1013$216$127,220,49612Paramount
16August: Osage County$58,06965%196-150$296$37,272,70611Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$56,41963%133-65$424$424,060,95416Lionsgate
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$54,34448%107-260$508$50,079,1588Paramount
19Stalingrad (2014)$43,63439%143-165$305$832,6852Sony / Columbia
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$37,65646%133-30$283$58,005,00711Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$34,887139%164-31$213$35,866,49312Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$19,77851%111-52$178$119,699,68824Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$298,15914%4--$74,540$558,6061Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$51,37072%76-26$676$1,743,5237Roadside Attractions
3I, Frankenstein$29,01962%92-77$315$18,946,9777Lionsgate
4Labor Day (2013)$18,58035%84-23$221$13,307,9476Paramount
5Free Birds$17,144300%7426$232$55,713,84919Relativity Media
6The Book Thief$16,97535%49-24$346$21,338,40118Fox
7The Legend Of Hercules$16,34683%61-28$268$18,806,0629Lionsgate / Summit
8Winter's Tale$15,51547%82-623$189$12,463,9474Warner Bros.
9Inside Llewyn Davis$14,757110%52-13$284$13,206,26914CBS Films
10Grudge Match$4,768109%45-30$106$29,799,88011Warner Bros.
11Highway$4,76149%9-71$529$522,1033UTV Motion Pictures
12Vampire Academy$4,64780%32-79$145$7,746,9585Weinstein Company
13Ernest & Celestine$4,49956%65$750$22,3942GKIDS
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,93697%42-49$94$8,291,57315Weinstein Company