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- Garth Franklin
The final “Hunger Games,” Pixar’s look at the Jurassic age and the return of Rocky didn’t pack a big enough punch to break records at the Thanksgiving box office.
However, the combined ticket sales of “Mockingjay – Part 2,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed” did outpace last year’s holiday by 12%. Overall domestic receipts clocked in at $257 million between Wednesday and Sunday, according to Rentrak. That pales in comparison with Thanksgiving 2013, when “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” powered ticket sales to $293.7 million, establishing a high-water mark.
In fact, this year’s five-day figure and its three-day weekend total both rank as the fifth-biggest Thanksgiving for the domestic box office. In addition to 2013, this year falls short of 2012 (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” “Skyfall”), 2009 (“Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Blind Side”) and 2010 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”).
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- Brent Lang
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is crossing the $300 million mark on Wednesday.
The finale of Jennifer Lawrence’s four-film franchise has hit $122.5 million in the domestic market in its first five days while 87 international markets have delivered about $170 million. “Mockingjay 2” began opening in some foreign territories on Nov. 18.
With the five-day Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon in the U.S., “Mockingjay 2” grossed $11.3 million on Tuesday at 4,175 locations, up an impressive 33% from Monday. It debuted to $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015 — and the lowest of the four movies in the franchise.
“Mockingjay — Part 2” and Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” are expected to battle for first place over the long weekend. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened last year on the weekend before Thanksgiving with $121.9 million and declined 32% to $82.7 million over the five days, so if “Part 2” performs similarly, it should have a five-day weekend at about $68 million.
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- Dave McNary
When people talk about the success of the Hunger Games films, director Francis Lawrence rarely gets enough credit. He's the helmer of the last three movies of the series — Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 — and in each of them, just as with such past projects as Constantine, I Am Legend, and NBC's little-watched Kings, Lawrence exhibits a level of craft and attention to detail that fans of big-budget studio pictures don't often see. Now that his time with the Hunger Games franchise has drawn to a close, Vulture talked to Lawrence about six of the bigger creative challenges he faced while filming those three movies — everything from nailing the tone of crucial scenes to visualizing complex stuntwork.The Fog Attack (Catching Fire)"The fog sequence was especially tricky because it was filmed with IMAX cameras. So even though that whole section of the arena was IMAX »
- Simon Abrams
Jennifer Lawrence is undeniably the star of The Hunger Games series, but whenever Katniss has to share screen time with Jena Malone's character, District 7 victor Johanna Mason, it's Malone who ends up stealing the scene. Think back to the elevator in Catching Fire, when she stripped in front of fellow tributes Katniss and Peeta, with a wink to Haymitch. Or when she swore during her interview. Or in Mockingjay — Part 2, when she "borrows" Katniss's morphine drip, or her reaction to Katniss's decision to kill President Snow. Her wicked grins, outbursts, and inappropriate behavior are some of the few sane responses to an insane world. Malone chatted with Vulture about boning up on Ptsd, missing scenes from the book, and how every woman should shave her head at least once.What was it like to embody Johanna Mason, with all her anger? One of the best things that [director] »
- Jennifer Vineyard
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 20th November to Sunday 22nd November 2015…
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opened atop the UK box office chart this past weekend, pulling in £11,255,566, including almost £2 million of preview screenings.
While it’s certainly an impressive bow, Mockingjay – Part 2 was down on its predecessor, which debuted with £12.6 million last year, as well as the second instalment Catching Fire, which opened with £12.2 million.
Meanwhile, despite being knocked from top spot, Spectre continued its climb up the list of the highest-grossing movies here in the UK, and is currently third behind Skyfall (£103 million) and Avatar (£94 million).
Number one this time last year: The Hunger Games; Mockingjay – Part 1
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- Gary Collinson
The Harry Potter franchise is, of course, a cultural institution. It was the formative literary experience for a generation of young people and a monstrously successful film franchise. Unfortunately, it also popularized splitting a climactic book in to two movies; a practice that has since gone rampant leading to the division of the very thin Breaking Dawn into two films to cap off the Twilight series, the ludicrous extension of The Hobbit in to three endlessly bogged down movies, and now The Hunger Games is left to limp across the finish line with Mockingjay Part 2, a film that struggles to justify its existence and ends up feeling bloated and insubstantial.
It serves the narrative but there’s so little of what I enjoyed about the Hunger Games movies up until this point. There’s very little Haymitch so there’s no opportunity to enjoy Woody Harrelson one more time. Effie »
- Arthur Tebbel
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- Movie Geeks
It was big, but not big enough.
That’s Wall Street’s generally pessimistic reaction to the $101 million opening of Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. The final film in the science-fiction series dominated the weekend box office, but it fell short of tracking that suggested it would kick off its run with more than $120 million domestically. Its debut is the lowest among the four films in the series.
In response, shares of Lionsgate, the studio behind the film series, opened down more than 1% before battling back on Monday to recapture much of the declines. The stock price fell sharply on Friday, closing down 3% on news that the film was likely to fall short of predictions.
The company’s stock began falling on Nov. 12 after closing the day at $41.07. It had received a boost after news broke that media mogul John Malone had increased his stake in Lionsgate, prompting speculation that he »
- Brent Lang
Despite being a hit with the critics, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was less so with audiences, pulling in a franchise-low of $102 million during its opening weekend, according to official figures.
Relative to the series’ trailblazing success, analysts deemed the film’s opening performance to be a disappointment, with Mockingjay – Part 2 now standing as the lowest-ranking installment of all four films based on its opening box office weekend.
For the sake of perspective, Catching Fire holds the crown for the highest opening in the series, reaching $158 million in 2013, closely followed by the original Hunger Games at $152 million. As such, considering that Mockingjay – Part 1 clocked in with $121 million after its first weekend, it would appear that interest in the dystopian Ya series began to wane as it neared its two-part finale. Burning bright before fading away.
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- Michael Briers
In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:
• Franchise low Mockingjay - Part 2 is still year’s fifth highest opening
• Spectre holding comparably to Skyfall in the 007 heartlands
Like Twilight and Harry Potter, the closing chapter of The Hunger Games was bifurcated by distributor Lionsgate, hoping for a similar box-office bonanza. There’s no doubt that two Mockingjays will bring in more than one would have, but the trick is not working as well as with other young-adult franchises. Mockingjay - Part 1’s opening saw a hefty fall-off from both the first film ($152.5m) and Catching Fire ($158m). More disappointing for Lionsgate is that Part 2 – unlike Harry Potter and Twilight – has failed to rally audiences for the big finale, debuting this weekend at a series low of $101m.
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- Ryan Gallagher
The final instalment in the Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay - Part 2, scored the lowest opening haul of the four-film series at the Us box office this weekend, $101m.
Related: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 review – Katniss kicks ass in the final showdown
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- Ben Child
Opening on Nov. 19, local crime drama “Inside Men” topped the Korean box office with an opening score of $11.4 million between Thursday and Sunday.
Locally distributed by Showbox, the opening exceeded that of all major R-rated releases of all time, including “Tazza: The High Rollers,” “The Man from Nowhere,” “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Top for the past two weeks, “The Priests” dropped to second place with a fall of 56%. The local occult thriller made $3.32 million from 488,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $30.2 million from 4.45 million admissions after three weekends on release.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” debuted in third. The Noori Pictures release made $2.91 million from 439,000 admissions over opening five days. In spite of its Wednesday opening, its opening score is slightly lower than the franchise’s two previous instalments, “Catching Fire” ($3.45 million) and “Mockingjay – Part 1” ($3.2 million). The series’ highest »
- Sonia Kil
Back in July 2012, Lionsgate confirmed that Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games novel will be split into a two-part movie. The decision, which came just months after The Hunger Games franchise launched, angered many fans of the books, and it seems that strategy may have backfired. Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the top spot at the box office with $101 million, the lowest opening weekend of all four movies.
The $101 million opening weekend is far lower than many box office projections, many of which predicted the franchise finale would earn around $120 million. The Hunger Games opened in 2012 with $152.5 million, followed by 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with a franchise-high $158 million, and last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $121.8 million. The franchise has taken in $2.2 billion worldwide since opening just three years ago, and while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
When is a movie that opens with an estimated $101.0 million a box office disappointment?
Sure, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" topped the charts, becoming the fifth biggest debut of 2015 and the eighth biggest November opening ever. But this time, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss had an especially difficult challenge: living up to her franchise's lofty standards. By that measure, her arrow fell well short of the mark.
After all, this same weekend last year, "Mockingjay -- Part 1" opened with $121.9 million -- also slightly lower than pundits expected. And the first two installments opened above $150 million. In fact, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was the biggest movie of 2013, the biggest November opening in history and the biggest debut ever for a movie built around a female star.
So "Mockingjay -- Part 2" had a lot to live up to. Reviews of the new movie, however, were generally good (70 percent fresh on Rotten »
- Gary Susman
The final film in the “Hunger Games” series debuted to numbers that few pictures in history have ever enjoyed, but not everyone seems impressed.
Indeed, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is a victim of the franchise’s success. The film’s $101 million bow ranks as the lowest of the four installments and is off 17% from the previous film in the series. Globally, the picture also struggled to attract as big crowds. The $247 million it made worldwide fell short of the roughly $300 million that many analysts expected the picture would generate.
Outwardly, Lionsgate, the studio that nurtured the futuristic series and than saw its share price climb on the films’ success, said it was pleased with the results.
Others were less sanguine. »
- Brent Lang
Mockingjay Part 2 shoots to #1! The story of Katniss Everdeen came to an end this weekend as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 won the box office with an estimated $101 million! The finale of the young-adult adaptation scored the lowest opening of the post-apocalyptic series fronted by actress Jennifer Lawrence. The second chapter Catching Fire was the standout with a first weekend of $158 million,... Read More »
- Dave Davis
It should be no surprise to anyone that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" took the box office crown this weekend. Although in less than impressive fashion, when compared to the previous 3 movies in the franchise: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened with $158 million; the first film opened with $152 million; and "Mockingjay - Part 1 opened with $121 million. Obviously, opening with over $100 million is nothing to sneeze at. Most films released theatrically every year don't even make that much throughout their entire theatrical runs. But it's all relative; especially when budgets are in the $120 to $150 million range, not including P&A costs, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The fourth and final instalment of The Hunger Games franchise exploded into cinemas this past Thursday, and despite some polls claiming it to be more anticipated than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 has scored the lowest domestic opening weekend of the series, pulling in an estimated $101 million in North America.
The biggest opener of the franchise remains the second chapter, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which debuted to $158 million back in 2013, followed by the 2012 original with $152 million and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with $122 million last November.
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Internationally, Mockingjay – Part 2 has earned $146 million from 87 markets, including $17 million from the UK and $16 million from China. That gives is a worldwide opening weekend of $247 million, down on Mockingjay – Part 1’s $273.9 million but ahead of the first ($211.8 million) and second ($164.4 million) movies.
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- Gary Collinson
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