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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 Tue, Mar. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$4,208,2308%3,470--$1,213$53,129,0211Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,802,82826%3,934--$712$37,241,5641Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,682,35530%3,11323$540$55,542,7802Universal
4The LEGO Movie$1,278,35232%3,290-480$389$227,123,3775Warner Bros.
5Son of God$1,096,45027%3,27111$335$43,830,6942Fox
63 Days to Kill$349,83128%2,348-524$149$26,127,2883Relativity Media
7Frozen (2013)$342,20723%1,660-86$206$393,614,50816Disney
8The Monuments Men$338,83224%2,001-1001$169$71,189,0415Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$270,87229%1,714-1171$158$55,245,8824Sony / Columbia
10Pompeii$251,78248%1,658-1000$152$21,483,8913Sony / TriStar
1112 Years a Slave$245,82334%1,065654$231$53,472,53221Fox Searchlight
12Ride Along$198,45011%1,323-546$150$130,364,7058Universal
13About Last Night$192,51316%1,074-730$179$46,860,2654Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$100,35815%605-340$166$148,571,82913Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$98,46917%4960$199$3,671,1263Disney
3Philomena$88,29329%670-427$132$36,064,13516Weinstein Company
4Gravity$88,20924%38444$230$271,974,16823Warner Bros.
5The Wolf of Wall Street$66,73214%359-146$186$115,816,81311Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$57,94518%31296$186$26,295,67319Focus
7The Nut Job$57,23625%490-262$117$61,502,0308Open Road
8Lone Survivor$44,74512%472-545$95$124,212,19611Universal
9That Awkward Moment$44,27552%188-420$236$25,661,1876Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$44,06916%333118$132$257,479,61513Warner Bros. / New Line
11Endless Love (2014)$42,65533%536-1338$80$23,176,8904Universal
12Repentance$26,6132%1575$170$970,5282Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Her (2013)$25,14814%155-95$162$25,045,61912Warner Bros.
14August: Osage County$18,64539%196-150$95$37,336,89411Weinstein Company
15Nebraska$18,57521%180-109$103$17,501,60417Paramount Vantage
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$15,766-4%304-1013$52$127,288,91512Paramount
17Stalingrad (2014)$15,2849%143-165$107$898,4142Sony / Columbia
18Walking With Dinosaurs$14,96345%164-31$91$35,918,21812Fox
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$14,96147%107-260$140$50,123,8558Paramount
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,28426%133-65$100$424,112,12716Lionsgate
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,114-9%133-30$61$58,040,62511Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$79,461-10%4--$19,865$978,7931Fox Searchlight
2I, Frankenstein$10,5879%92-77$115$18,990,6187Lionsgate
3Gloria (2014)$9,9524%76-26$131$1,797,9957Roadside Attractions
4Labor Day (2013)$7,35024%84-23$88$13,333,3066Paramount
5The Legend Of Hercules$6,8415%61-28$112$18,834,6409Lionsgate / Summit
6The Book Thief$5,78934%49-24$118$21,355,62418Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$4,583-25%52-13$88$13,224,94114CBS Films
8Winter's Tale$4,11535%82-623$50$12,478,1394Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$3,83233%7426$52$55,732,65019Relativity Media
10Vampire Academy$1,81024%32-79$57$7,753,4785Weinstein Company
11Grudge Match$1,36528%45-30$30$29,805,19211Warner Bros.
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,23024%42-49$29$8,296,54115Weinstein Company
13Ernest & Celestine$1,12211%65$187$28,0922GKIDS
14Highway$764107%9-71$85$526,1593UTV Motion Pictures