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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, as expected, took the box office by storm this weekend. With $123 million it was easily the number one movie of the weekend and, in what's been a slow box office year, had the largest opening of the year to date, trumping this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut. Despite that small coup, the movie's opening doesn't stand up to its franchise predecessor, Catching Fire which hit $158 million this same time last year. As young adult adaptation franchises go, it's also a weak showing, well below the openings for both parts of the final Harry Potter film and both parts of the final Twilight entry. Last weekend's number one Dumb and Dumber To took a hard hit, dropping over 60% to fourth place, while popular small release entries Birdman and The Theory of Everything enjoyed small boosts, edging up into ninth and tenth places respectively. »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soared, but didn't quite hit the mark. Part three of the Ya franchise blew past Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had brought in $100 million earlier this summer, to have the highest weekend box office debut with $123 million, but failed to meet predictions which had put the figure around $150 to $170 million. Mockingjay also marks a franchise low for the movie (the first two The Hunger Games and Catching Fire brought in $155 million and $161 million respectively). There wasn't any other competition this weekend, so the rest of the top five fell in line with previous weeks: Big Hero 6 took in $20 million, Interstellar $15.1 million, Dumb and Dumber To $13.8 million, and Gone Girl with $2.8 million. »
- E. Alex Jung
When does scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year count as a disappointment? Well, when you are part of the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise and your film’s debut dips 22% from the previous instalment, that can be a tad troublesome. So, despite boasting the healthiest opening weekend of the year, with an estimated $123 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘s first three days were not up to par with expectations. In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke the November opening weekend record last year, taking in $158.1 million. The film had the sixth biggest opening for the month, all behind much-anticipated adaptations of best-selling novels from the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.
On the bright side, this was easily the biggest debut of 2014. Unless you buy Paramount’s opening weekend tally for Transformers: Age of Extinction – many in the industry have noted that the numbers »
- Jordan Adler
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 easily scored the biggest debut of the year this weekend.However, the third movie in the immensely popular franchise did drop off dramatically from its predecessors, and even wound up below the penultimate chapters in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.Playing at 4,151 theaters, Mockingjay opened to an estimated $123 million this weekend. That's well above Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut, which was the previous high for 2014. Overall, this opening weekend ranks 15th all-time.Mockingjay's debut doesn't compare favorably to the other movies in the Hunger Games franchise, though: it's down 22 percent from Catching Fire's $158 million, and is also significantly lower than the original movie's $152 million. More surprising is the fact that Mockingjay wound up lower than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1's $125 million and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1's $138 million.It's worth noting up »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Having broken Friday opening records for 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has now smashed weekend records for the year – despite being the lowest of the franchise.
Beating out all of the competition, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 took a whopping $123 million over the weekend, topping previous record holder Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s $100 million. With an impressive showing overseas, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 sits on a worldwide total of $275 million. However, it’s not all great news for Lionsgate as the movie is the lowest opening of the franchise with The Hunger Games taking $152.5 million and its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earning $158 million. Could it be series fatigue, or is the franchise just not bringing in viewers from outside of the book fanbase?
- Luke Owen
It’s by far the highest box office opening of the year, but the domestic debut of Mockingjay – Part 1 missed the mark in terms of previous Hunger Games releases. And by a lot, not a little. The penultimate chapter in the series was expected to open with at least $150 million but claimed $123 million from 4,151 locations instead. That’s a 22% drop from Catching Fire, which opened on the same weekend one year ago. Title Weekend Total 1. Mockingjay- Part 1 $123,000,000 $123 2. Big Hero 6 $20,086,000 $135.7 3. Interstellar $15,100,000 $120.6 4. Dumb and Dumber To $13,820,000 $57.4 5. Gone Girl $2,815,000 $156.8 6. Beyond the Lights $2,630,000 $10.1 7. St. Vincent $2,354,000 $36.6 8. Fury $1,900,000 $79.1 9. Birdman $1,855,000 $14.4 10. Nightcrawler $1,208,000 $27.1 Full story after the jump. It feels wrong to be disappointed by a film that has just earned the highest opening of the year… and by a lot, not a little. Just one other film opened to triple digits in 2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction, with just over $100 million. At this point it’s not »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 predictably topped this weekend's box office -- but less predictably didn't do as well as the previous films in the franchise. The previous Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, also opened on the weekend before Thanksgiving, but ended its weekend with $158 million. Mockingjay, though, grossed $123 million. Compared to $158 million, and to the original Hunger Games' $152.5 million opening in 2012, $123 million is disappointing. But in the context of 2014, it's amazing: Mockingjay had a stronger opening than any other film this year, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut. And while Catching Fire's domestic opening beat Mockingjay's, »
- Ariana Bacle
While it didn’t quite catch fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I had enough of an appetite to eat up the weekend box office, providing an anemic year with its biggest debut yet at about $124m, though the pic may have left scraps on the table.
By almost any measure, the penultimate installment of the Y.A. juggernaut was a solid victor in the derby; the Jennifer Lawrence behemoth claimed the year’s biggest opening by more than 20% over its closest rival, last summer’s Transformers 4. Its A- CinemaScore suggests it could have enough legs to join Guardians of the Galaxy as the year’s only movie to crack $300m.
But hyper marketing comes freighted with hyper expectations, and Mockingjay fell short of analysts’ projections, whose low-end forecasts began around $140m. More troubling for distributor Lionsgate Films are the inevitable comparisons the film has drawn with its ancestors, the »
- Scott Bowles
Unsurprisingly, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" kicked "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to the curb and has scored the year’s biggest domestic opening weekend with $123 million in the U.S. alone, the fifteenth highest box-office opening in history.
Yet, this opening is being seen as a disappointment in quite a few circles as it's decidedly down on the $152 million and $158 million opening weekends of the previous two movies in the saga. The film's international haul made up some of the shortfall with a $152 million foreign gross from 85 foreign markets - besting last year's 'Catching Fire' by 4%.
Not helping though are the reviews which have been on the weak side of positive and also down on previous instalments. 'Mockingjay Pt 1' sits at 67% (6.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 64/100 on Metacritic, a long way from the 84% (7.2/10) & 67/100 that the first film received and the even better 89% (7.5/10) & 75/100 that 'Catching Fire' scored. »
- Garth Franklin
The latest installment in the futuristic franchise earned $123 million across 4,151 locations, besting “Transformers’” $100 million debut from last summer. It’s a massive number — only 14 films in history have earned more — but it’s still a low point for the blockbuster series by a significant margin.
Heading into the weekend Lionsgate, the company behind the series, said it expected an opening between $130 million to $150 million, but most analysts pegged a debut of $150 million or more. Lionsgate argued that the projections are difficult to make when dealing with a sequel with this level of expectation and name recognition.
“When you look at the massive number we’re dealing with there »
- Brent Lang
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 blasted past Transformers: Age of Extinction to post the top opening of the year domestically, but trailed the first two installments in the Ya franchise by a hefty margin. Mockingjay grossed $123 million from 4,151 locations, down 22 percent from the $158.1 million debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a year ago and 19 percent from the $152.5 million launch of The Hunger Games in March 2012. Still, it's no slouch, and stands as the No. 15 opening of all time, not accounting for inflation. And Hunger Games has
- Pamela McClintock
It may be the lowest of the franchise thus far, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has smashed records for 2014 with the biggest opening Friday of the year.
Taking a whopping $55 million across 4,151 screens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has eclipsed Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had a Friday total of $41.8 million. With an extra foreign gross, the movie currently sits on $122 million worldwide. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should take around $125 million over the weekend in the Us alone.
But it’s not all good news for Lionsgate, as despite the good takings, it’s the lowest opening for The Hunger Games series. The original movie opened to $67.3 million while its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a Friday opening of $71 million. Experts have theorised that the dip could be due to series fatigue and the fact this is the first part of a two-part movie. »
- Luke Owen
A gust of wind swept underneath the wings of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at the box office on Friday, easily enough to notch the biggest opening day at the domestic box office in 2014. In comparison to the previous Hunger Games films and third entries in other mega-franchises, Mockingjay's first installment failed to reach cruising altitude and will go down as the lowest opening film in the franchise to-date.
Following a $17 million Thursday night debut, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 raked in an estimate $55 million on Friday to take over the top opening of the year from Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction with $41.9 million. That mark is overshadowed by the original The Hunger Games opening to $67.3 million, while its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, exploded to a $71 million opening day.
Numerous factors contributed to the tepid Mockingjay opening including snowy conditions across a large swath of the country, »
A gust of wind got underneath the wings of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at the box office on Friday, easily enough to notch the biggest opening day at the box office in 2014. In comparison to the previous Hunger Games films and third entries in other mega-franchises, Mockingjay's first installment was unable to reach cruising altitude.
Following a $17 million Thursday night debut, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 pulled in an estimate $55 million on Friday to take over the top opening of the year from Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction with $41.9 million. That mark is overshadowed by the original The Hunger Games opening to $67.3 million, while its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, exploded to a $71 million opening day.
Numerous factors contributed to the tepid Mockingjay opening including snowy conditions across a large swath of the country, tepid reviews from critics, no IMAX screens, »
Friday numbers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 are in and we’re looking at $55 million, which includes about $17 million in late night Thursday previews. While this is by far the biggest opening day of 2014 (besting Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s $41.9 million Friday), it still falls way short of past entries in […]
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This has been a somewhat disappointing year at the box office as the numbers continue to sag throughout the end of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opened this weekend, and it opened big, taking in $55 million. This is 2014's best friday haul thus far, but when compared to previous films in the franchise, this penultimate chapter in Katniss Everdeen's saga is being considered a disappointment.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 didn't manage to surpass, or even live up to, the numbers earned by The Hunger Games in 2012 or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013. It did, however, manage to stomp on Transformers: Age of Extinction and its 2014 opening day record of $41.8 million, which the sequel earned back in July. $17 million of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's $55 million Friday earnings came from Thursday preview screenings.
In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in $70.9 million on its first Friday, »
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" isn't quite keeping the first two films in the series at the box office, but is nonetheless on its way to a massive opening weekend. Powered by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, "Mockingjay" soared to $55 million on Friday, making it the biggest Friday opening of the year. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $41.9 million on its first Friday. "Mockingjay" will likely earn around $130 million for the weekend, again topping "Age of Extinction's" $100 million weekend debut. However, "Mockingjay" is doing much slower business that last year's "Catching Fire," which opened to a staggering $158.1 million last year, as well as the first "Hunger Games," which bowed to $152 million in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. The threequel -- the first part of the two-part finale -- will have to make up some ground next week »
- Dave Lewis
Those who have been paying attention to 2014’s box office coverage know that there have been two regular refrains over the past eleven months: “Wow, this year kind of blows,” followed by, “But wait until Mockingjay hits!” In a year that offered more misses than hits, it seemed like a safe bet that the penultimate chapter of the wildly successful The Hunger Games series would provide at least one weekend of hyperbolic box office goodness. Huge crowds on opening night, maybe even a record or two? So color me confused to have to say that, after all that buildup, Mockingjay – Part 1 is not the box office savior many of us were expecting. At least not yet. Full story after the jump According to studio estimates, The Hunger Games 3 earned an estimated $55 million on its first full day in theatres, including $17 million from Thursday p.m. previews. That’s by far »
- Nicole Pedersen
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” soared to the largest opening day of the year with $55 million on Friday at the U.S. box office. The third installment in the Lionsgate franchise is on its way to north of $130 million this weekend, which would be the best debut of 2014.
Despite the strong showing, the pic is far behind the first two movies, grossing over 20% less than its predecessors. Early U.S. box office projections for “Mockingjay” were as high as $150 million.
“The Hunger Games” launched to $152 million in 2012 and last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” debuted to $158 million. Unlike the two previous films, the penultimate installment isn’t playing in Imax because “Interstellar” is still showing on those screens.
However, the film is taking off overseas, having earned more than $67.5 million in three days at the international box office.
If the $130 million estimate holds, “Mockingjay” will have the »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Updated: Early Friday projections show Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ heading for an opening weekend of about $125 million in the U.S. — significantly lower than recent forecasts and over 20% below the first two “Hunger Games” movies.
However, international box office for the first part of the “Hunger Games” finale is up 5% to 10% above last year’s “Catching Fire” with $33 million in two days.
The U.S. opening day grosses for “Mockingjay,” according to early estimates, will likely reach $54 million, including $17 million from Thursday night showings, followed by about $43 million on Saturday and another $29 million on Sunday.
Should those numbers hold, the U.S. opening weekend for “Mockingjay” would finish far below 2012′s “The Hunger Games” with $152 million and last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with $158 million. Box office trackers had expected “Mockingjay” to finish between $130 million and $150 million in the U.S.
Still, a $125 million U. »
- Dave McNary
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