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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. 15 - Sun, Feb. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$25,000,000--3,553--$7,036$33,239,1161Fox
2Identity Thief$23,437,000-32%3,16524$7,405$70,724,7852Universal
3Safe Haven$21,430,000--3,223--$6,649$30,258,9181Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$16,066,000--3,288--$4,886$16,066,0001Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$9,000,000-21%2,897-112$3,107$50,220,5313Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,460,000--2,950--$2,529$10,002,3171Warner Bros.
7Side Effects (2013)$6,307,000-32%2,6050$2,421$19,127,8362Open Road
8Silver Linings Playbook$6,088,000-5%2,202-607$2,765$98,462,47214Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$3,470,000-40%2,103-1182$1,650$49,698,7954Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$3,100,000-23%1,522-1040$2,037$88,028,6689Sony / Columbia
11Mama$2,793,000-34%1,648-1029$1,695$68,273,1755Universal
12Lincoln$1,683,000-10%1,007-510$1,671$176,270,92715Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,491,000-35%1,017-485$1,466$156,983,9838Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,230,000-6%903-502$2,470$126,893,05219Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,515,000-13%647-277$2,342$110,816,90113Fox
3Quartet$1,333,00042%33389$4,003$6,909,0176Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$970,000-34%605-396$1,603$299,854,34510Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$855,000-45%676-771$1,265$145,520,9808Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$811,000-24%506-251$1,603$185,544,85916Disney
7Amour$720,61492%306181$2,355$3,943,7439Sony Pictures Classics
8The Impossible$466,000-51%422-317$1,104$17,492,6519Lionsgate / Summit
9Parental Guidance$465,000-57%603-616$771$75,128,8608Fox
10Parker$421,000-77%705-1299$597$16,977,0244FilmDistrict
11Rise of The Guardians$410,00061%33863$1,213$101,369,57513Paramount / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$311,987-60%340-573$918$39,559,7586Open Road
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$282,000183%25494$1,110$291,775,50614Lionsgate / Summit
14Jack Reacher$135,000-43%175-132$771$79,340,9859Paramount
15Stand Up Guys$100,000-85%119-551$840$3,155,0573Lionsgate / Roadside
16This is 40$94,000-52%167-111$563$67,427,4409Universal
17Broken City$81,000-83%133-622$609$19,485,9125Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$130,000-93%40-260$3,250$2,947,0182Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$102,972-25%86-44$1,197$6,016,42011Focus
3No (2013)$74,476--4--$18,619$74,4761Sony Pictures Classics
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$60,000-41%96-89$625$34,289,0357Lionsgate
5The Gatekeepers$46,91412%41$11,729$218,3603Sony Pictures Classics
6The Guilt Trip$46,000-57%88-137$523$36,789,0799Paramount
7Koch$36,87142%117$3,352$125,5803Zeitgeist Films
8Lore$36,00014%82$4,500$83,8322Music Box Films
9Anna Karenina (2012)$35,695-42%51-40$700$12,757,78414Focus
10Red Dawn (2012)$27,000-50%56-49$482$44,793,91813FilmDistrict
11Like Someone in Love$22,844--1--$22,844$22,8441IFC Films
12Lost in Thailand$8,642-73%350$247$55,9172WAMCR
13Chasing Ice$8,046--16--$503$1,161,27515Submarine Deluxe
14Playing For Keeps (2012)$7,000-75%23-58$304$13,098,77611FilmDistrict