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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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$20,025,000--3,009--$6,655$20,025,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,210,000-53%3,3753$2,729$34,462,7942Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$8,113,000-14%2,809168$2,888$80,377,55812Weinstein Company
4Mama$6,730,000-49%2,78199$2,420$58,262,1003Universal
5Zero Dark Thirty$5,300,000-45%2,871-58$1,846$77,797,5507Sony / Columbia
6Bullet to the Head$4,500,000--2,404--$1,872$4,500,0001Warner Bros.
7Parker$3,215,000-54%2,23814$1,437$12,439,8822FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$3,039,000-39%1,777-230$1,710$150,979,1896Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$2,439,000-42%1,848-362$1,320$141,522,2456Universal
10Lincoln$2,412,000-38%1,756-153$1,374$170,786,51813Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,910,000-44%1,300-375$1,469$296,202,5208Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gangster Squad$1,870,000-56%1,625-965$1,151$43,119,0584Warner Bros.
13Movie 43$1,650,000-66%2,0230$816$7,708,2742Relativity Media
14A Haunted House$1,614,000-50%1,501-501$1,075$37,847,9034Open Road
15Broken City$1,476,000-63%1,786-836$826$18,150,0903Fox
16Parental Guidance$1,450,000-42%1,480-256$980$72,861,8246Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,100,00016%935300$2,246$120,442,81517Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,825,000-29%902-39$2,023$106,058,73111Fox
3Stand Up Guys$1,500,000--659--$2,276$1,500,0001Lionsgate / Roadside
4The Impossible$1,280,000-34%765-17$1,673$15,188,6317Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$1,184,0002%20239$5,861$3,474,1734Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$580,000-21%66072$879$183,209,64214Disney
7Jack Reacher$415,000-49%450-438$922$78,841,3957Paramount
8The Last Stand$265,000-88%689-2224$385$11,698,6423Lionsgate
9Rise of The Guardians$256,000-31%3072$834$100,547,75411Paramount / DreamWorks
10Hyde Park on Hudson$176,139-32%1440$1,223$5,599,1199Focus
11The Guilt Trip$157,000-42%291-61$540$36,501,9047Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$135,000-39%189-27$714$291,280,09012Lionsgate / Summit
13Flight$114,000-47%200-63$570$93,642,56014Paramount
14Texas Chainsaw 3D$44,000-68%121-164$364$34,074,4135Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$497,0906%9430$5,288$2,487,9507Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$78,841-35%80-36$986$1,841,46411Sony Pictures Classics
3Sound City$70,000--16--$4,375$190,5141Variance Films
4The Gatekeepers$66,677--3--$22,226$86,0151Sony Pictures Classics
5Anna Karenina (2012)$64,817-41%90-8$720$12,560,30112Focus
6Koch$40,000--2--$20,000$40,0001Zeitgeist Films
7The Master$38,000-46%28-9$1,357$16,198,30421Weinstein Company
8Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$34,000-64%50-46$680$12,449,3697Paramount
9Searching For Sugar Man$24,275-24%18-8$1,349$3,216,84928Sony Pictures Classics
10Chasing Ice$20,679-43%20-7$1,034$1,101,62613Submarine Deluxe
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,000-53%37-19$378$17,738,24820Lionsgate / Summit
12LUV$5,000-75%8-13$625$151,0893Indomina Media