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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 enters its second weekend amid a flurry of opinions when it comes to its $102.6 million opening weekend. It also faces much stiffer competition this Thanksgiving weekend than Part 1 did a year ago, which only had Penguins of Madagascar to contend with, while Part 2 not only faces a new Pixar release in The Good Dinosaur, but also Creed, which has been (rightfully) well-received. All will be competing for holiday eyeballs when folks aren't stuffing their faces, taking in football and parades or knocking each other out for Black Friday deals. When it comes to Mockingjay 2, the last two Hunger Games films have fallen 53% in their second weekends, and that would seem to be the high bar for Part 2. I'm thinking more along the lines of a 56% drop, which means it may be a dogfight for #1 this weekend. All previous Hunger Games films have finished first in their second weekend, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of box office contenders heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The final film in the popular futuristic series nabbed $13.7 million on Wednesday, pushing its domestic haul to $183 million.
Globally, “Mockingjay – Part 2” has earned nearly $320 million. It is expected to top stateside charts for the second weekend in a row with $75 million, despite debuting last weekend to a weaker than expected $102.7 million, the lowest opening for any “Hunger Games” installment.
“Creed” punched above its weight, picking up $6 million from 3,350 locations in its opening day. The Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) drama focuses on the son of Rocky Balboa rival Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan. Sylvester Stallone dons the monosyllables once again to play Balboa, »
- Brent Lang
With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 wrapping up Jennifer Lawrence's first big franchise, the question is, what does she want to do next? Turns out that Lawrence has her heart set on appearing behind the camera rather than in front of it. Jennifer Lawrence revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she's wanted to direct just as long as she's wanted to act, but that she... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Though "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" is expected to lead the U.S. box office with about $73 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, it will get some steady competition from two major newcomers.
Disney and Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" is on track for a $63 million haul for the long weekend, while the "Rocky" spin-off "Creed" is coming in above forecasts and looks to be closing out the five days with $40 million. "Creed" is garnering stellar reviews (82/100 on Metacritic), whereas "The Good Dinosaur" is positive albeit soft (67/100 on Mc) and running far behind Pixar's Summer effort "Inside Out" (94/100 on Mc).
Not faring so well is Fox's "Victor Frankenstein," the Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy starrer which is only on course for a $7 million opening and is coming off some atrocious reviews (35/100 on Mc). "Frozen" remains the record holder for the holiday with a $93.6 million five-day launch in 2013.
Speaking of "Creed, »
- Garth Franklin
After an acting career that has succeeded on practically every level, Jennifer Lawrence is now branching out with her directorial debut feature, "Project Delirium," already in the works.
The story is basef on Raffi Khatchadorian's 2012 New Yorker article "Operation Delirium" which can be found here and deals with a secret chemical weapons testing program run by the U.S. Army during the Cold War.
Military doctors tested the effects of nerve gas, LSD and other drugs on 5,000 U.S. soldiers in Maryland in the 1950s and 1960s to gauge the effects on their brain and behavior. A class-action lawsuit was then brought by the surviving soldiers against the federal government.
Speaking with EW, the actress says: "It's funny, I've wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn't have been ready. Now I actually feel ready. »
- Garth Franklin
“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
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
This time of year brings to mind two very pertinent things: Thanksgiving and Katniss. For the past few years, turkey has shared the spotlight with "groosling," and food comas have been nursed with trips to the movie theater. We’re talking about The Hunger Games and how every November we get another chapter of the dystopian saga on which to chew (the final chapter, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, hits theaters beginning November 20). So as we...
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“The Hunger Games” got a grand global sendoff this weekend as the final film in the mega-grossing series racked up $247 million worldwide.
“Mockingjay – Part 2” bowed in 87 international markets and 32,500 screens, making it the widest day-and-date release of the year, and the most ambitious in the history of Lionsgate, the studio behind the series. Roughly $146 million of its total came from foreign territories.
The picture opened in first place in 81 of the markets where it played, scoring $17.1 million from the U.K., $16.4 million in China, $14.4 million in Germany and $8.7 million in Mexico. Despite the terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend that left more than 100 people dead and parts of the city on lock-down, “Mockingjay – Part 2’s” $7.1 million debut in France was roughly in line with the $10 million that part one made a year ago.
It’s a massive opening, but it is still dwarfed by the $274.9 million global debut of “Mockingjay »
- Brent Lang
Read More: Arthouse Audit: 'Carol' Scores Big, 'Legend' Gets Decent Start "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (Lionsgate) has passed the $100 million mark for the weekend. It's the fifth film of the year to do so. That's impressive since, at most, two managed this in 2014 ("Mockingjay - Part 1" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction"). But that's about it for the good news about this week's Top Ten; it's all downhill from there. Good news ahead, though, with a likely much-improved final five weekends of the year. Thanksgiving brings Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," "Creed" and "Victor Frankenstein," which should far outdo the combined total of last year's Turkey Day offerings, "Penguin of Madagascar" and "Horrible Bosses 2." Using a wide array of metrics, business continues to be just plain down across the board. Early wintry weather in the Midwest didn't help, but that was only a minor factor. The »
- Tom Brueggemann
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
It's hard to call an opening higher than $100 million weak, but the arrival of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hit the box office with more of an underwhelming pop than a finale explosion. It was an easy number one for the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise, just making it over the triple digit mark with a $101 million debut. But it's a steep drop for the movie series that has seen its last three movie open at $152 million, $158 million, and $121 million respectively. Domestically the franchise has also seen a sharp drop in overall sales from the first two entries to the third. If that trend holds, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 may be the only one to miss the $300 million mark in North America. Holiday comedy The Night Before didn't get the warmest of seasons greetings from audiences. No one expected the rated-r comedy to »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opened $20 million below Part 1, but with an estimated opening weekend of $101 million it becomes the fifth 2015 release to open above the century mark. It's tough to call a film that opens north of $100 million a flop (because it's not), but "disappointing" seems appropriate given the lofty heights previous installments reached. Theories as to what happened are easy enough to conjure up and most likely they all played some kind of role in why this fourth installment in what, effectively, is a three film franchise couldn't even match the opening of its predecessor. In its favor, Mockingjay 2 opened an hour earlier on Thursday night than Part 1, it had Jennifer Lawrence as its star and it was the finale in a franchise that has now grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Heading into the weekend there was something of a palpable question mark concerning how well it would do, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million.
That ranks as the year’s fifth biggest opening, but it wasn’t as big a sendoff for Katniss Everdeen and her fellow revolutionaries as some had predicted. The massive bow falls short of tracking that projected the picture would top $120 million in its initial weekend in theaters. It also represents a low for the series, falling far short of the $158.1 million high-water mark established by 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” It’s a sign, perhaps, that interest in the dystopian world of Panem has crested.
Investors in Lionsgate, the studio behind the series, reacted negatively to news that “Mockingjay – Part 2” would miss projections, sending the company’s stock down more than 3% on Friday.
The series made up ground overseas, picking up $147 million after debuting in nearly every significant foreign territory, »
- Brent Lang
Katniss Everdeen's last stand at the box office saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opening to a franchise-low $101 million in North America for a worldwide bow of $247 million. While that's a hefty start for Lionsgate, Mockingjay 2 came in behind expectations even on a global basis. The $160 million tentpole, starring Jennifer Lawrence, had hoped to beat the $274.9 million worldwide start of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 on the same weekend a year ago, considering it had the advantage of rolling out day and date in 87 markets, including China, where it
- Pamela McClintock
Lionsgate is reporting a $61M overseas cume through Friday on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in 87 offshore markets. While we don’t yet have a full territory-by-territory breakdown, the final installment in the YA franchise is currently playing No. 1 in 82. The projected three-day worldwide cume is $251M. Of that, Lionsgate is eyeing a $149M offshore haul — better than Catching Fire‘s $146M, but down from Mockingjay – Part 1‘s $154.3M opening last year. The… »
The final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay — Part 2, is on track to hit a $102 million bullseye in its opening weekend, based on Friday receipts.
The fourth installment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series hit a total of $46 million Friday at 4,175 locations, handily topping all other titles at the box office. The Lionsgate release started strong in Thursday night previews, generating $16 million. Earlier estimates had pegged the actioner’s three-day total around $110 million. This marks the lowest opening day in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
The three earlier “Hunger Games” pics performed mightily at the box office, combining for $2.3 billion in worldwide grosses. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million domestically following the first film’s $152.5 million launch and “Catching Fire’s” $158.1 million kickoff.
Should it hit its expected mark, “Mockingjay — Part 2” will be the year’s fifth-biggest U.S. opening, behind “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.3 million), “Furious 7 »
- Marianne Zumberge
Chicago – This has to be what the filmmakers intended when they split the final book of the “Hunger Games” series into two films. While “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” was all set up, Part 2 doesn’t just lead up to a huge climax.
It’s all climax in a campaign that barely stops to breathe. When the characters aren’t running for their lives they’re engaged in a passionless love triangle. It’s all brooding conversations in darkness, and booby traps as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) marches on the Capitol to stick an arrow through President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) heart.
This series is no one’s idea of great filmmaking, but they do have enough resources and tools at their disposal to elevate them above the usual Young Adult franchises. Gone are the social and political commentaries and the fantastical world of the capitol filled with extravagent excess. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Jennifer Lawrence has been dropped from posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 in some Israeli towns and cities over concerns her image would offend ultra-conservative Jewish audiences. In areas such as Bnei Brak and West Jerusalem, both of which have significant, ultra-orthodox communities, the poster has been modified to remove the image of Lawrence and her bow and arrow in favor of a more generic mockingbird. “We discovered that public posters with the image… »
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