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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, Mar. 1 - Sun, Mar. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$28,010,000--3,525--$7,946$28,010,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$9,700,000-31%3,2308$3,003$107,427,1054Universal
321 And Over$9,000,000--2,771--$3,248$9,000,0001Relativity Media
4The Last Exorcism Part II$8,030,000--2,700--$2,974$8,030,0001CBS Films
5Snitch (2013)$7,700,000-42%2,5110$3,067$24,410,3392Lionsgate / Summit
6Escape From Planet Earth$6,726,000-37%3,110-243$2,163$43,213,0503Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$6,300,000-40%2,951-272$2,135$57,093,4833Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$5,941,0003%1,836-176$3,236$115,520,63916Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$4,500,000-56%2,589-966$1,738$59,624,0413Fox
10Dark Skies$3,556,000-57%2,3130$1,537$13,452,6872Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$2,650,000-45%1,930-714$1,373$62,009,6745Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$1,777,000-47%1,112-958$1,598$28,101,3094Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$923,000-74%1,075-1875$859$18,529,4343Warner Bros.
14Phantom (2013)$465,000--1,118--$416$465,0001RCR Media Group

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,300,00043%62654$3,674$116,943,01615Fox
2Argo$2,205,00021%985183$2,239$132,761,38521Warner Bros.
3Quartet$1,760,00056%725369$2,428$11,159,7908Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$1,300,000-42%722-475$1,801$93,574,08211Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$1,024,0005%983324$1,042$160,316,00710Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$1,005,000-32%652-223$1,541$180,091,05617Disney / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$575,000-11%352-50$1,634$187,391,70618Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$560,000-12%352-110$1,591$147,619,61010Universal
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$552,000-67%601-824$918$54,089,9176Paramount
10Amour$522,283-27%3335$1,568$5,921,76211Sony Pictures Classics
11Mama$349,000-70%447-716$781$70,881,9507Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$302,000-18%295-10$1,024$102,398,55015Paramount / DreamWorks
13Jack Reacher$184,000161%225125$818$79,676,41311Paramount
14Bless Me, Ultima$178,246-62%183-80$974$1,257,1622Arenas Entertainment
15The Impossible$153,000-47%151-122$1,013$18,315,82711Lionsgate / Summit
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$115,000-46%180-43$639$292,299,92816Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$97,302-52%169-133$576$40,037,8478Open Road
18The Guilt Trip$82,000-40%133-53$617$37,099,67911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$255,25591%4627$5,549$685,3735Sony Pictures Classics
2Stoker$158,822--7--$22,689$158,8221Fox Searchlight
3No (2013)$110,14458%115$10,013$317,1753Sony Pictures Classics
4A Place at the Table$84,000--35--$2,400$84,0001Magnolia Pictures
5Hyde Park on Hudson$48,226-24%38-27$1,269$6,213,20113Focus
6Stand Up Guys$16,000-55%17-24$941$3,299,6845Lionsgate / Roadside
7Like Someone in Love$14,000-36%7-2$2,000$82,9403IFC Films
8War Witch$10,260--2--$5,130$10,2601Tribeca Film
9Leviathan (2013)$10,018--1--$10,018$10,0181Cinema Guild
10Hava Nagila (The Movie)$9,521--1--$9,521$9,5211International Film Circuit
11Chasing Ice$5,181--9--$576$1,225,18217Submarine Deluxe
12The Power of Few$4,026-57%3-2$1,342$22,0953Steelyard Pictures
13Welcome to Pine Hill$4,000--1--$4,000$4,0001Oscilloscope
14The End of Love$2,400--2--$1,200$2,4001Variance Films