Box Office: ‘The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2’ Opens to Series Low $101 Million
It’s a good news, bad news scenario for The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2.
Good news: the final movie in the young adult saga came in at No. 1 at the weekend box office with a staggering $101 million domestically. Bad news: while a terrific number for most any movie releasing in November, $101 million is actually a bit of a disappointment for The Hunger Games, considering this is a series-low opening, dropping below the $121.9 million opening of The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1. While the domestic number was disappointing, Lionsgate had hoped to beat the worldwide opening of Mockingjay Part 1, which debuted to $274.9 last year. However, with international ticket sales taken into account, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 earned $247 million worldwide this weekend. A good number for a November blockbuster, sure; but not a great number for the final installment in The Hunger Games saga. That said, the movie easily recouped its $160 million budget, so Lionsgate has that to be happy about here. And hey, even if the movie doesn’t outperform the other films in the saga, The Hunger Games films, boosted largely on the star power of Jennifer Lawrence and the built-in audience from the Suzanne Collins books on which they were based, have earned over $2.55 billion worldwide so far, which is an incredible number for the studio.
Ultimately, it was a bit of a strange weekend at the box office, as all of this weekend’s newcomers came in below expectations.
The Night Before, the R-rated holiday-themed comedy starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, opened to just $10 million to come in fourth-place. Granted, the competition was stronger for this comedy than it would have been at the start of December. After Mockingjay Part 2, The Night Before had to compete with James Bond film Spectre (No. 2 with $14.5 million) and family hit The Peanuts Movie (No. 3 with $12.8 million). Costing $26 million to make, the movie is hoping to pick up steam as some of the buzz dies down on the big blockbusters that have opened in these recent weeks, as the holidays getting into high gear has the potential to drive people to holiday-themed movies. It’s already sort of working for Love the Coopers, which remains in the Top 10 in its second weekend.
The other newcomer that failed to impress was The Secret in Their Eyes, an English-language remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film. With an all-star cast including Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Efjiofor, the movie opened to just $6.6 million, which is considered underwhelming by studio STX Entertainment, which had expected an opening in the $7 million-$9 million range. Still, this was enough to earn the movie a spot in the Top 5.
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 11/23/2015
1. The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 ($101 million)
2. Spectre ($14.6 million)
3. The Peanuts Movie ($12.8 million)
4. The Night Before ($10.1 million)
5. Secret in Their Eyes ($6.6 million)
6. Love the Coopers ($3.9 million)
7. The Martian ($3.7 million)
8. Spotlight ($3.6 million)
9. The 33 ($2.2 million)
10. Bridge of Spies ($1.9 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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