It’s safe to say the odds are definitely in Mockingjay’s favor. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” will own the box office this weekend, crushing everything its path.
The third entry in the mega successful Hunger Games saga opens at 4,151 theaters this weekend, and it should easily win the top spot at the box office. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The first two Hunger Games films had massive opening weekends with the first film making $152.5 million, and the second film, Catching Fire, grossing $158 million. Mockingjay could have a hard time matching Catching Fire, but it should still open well over $130 million.
Hell, even if the movie opens far below the previous two installments, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” should still score the biggest opening weekend of 2014.
While first two Hunger Games movies were well received by critics and audiences, critics are nor falling in love with the third film. As of friday morning, Mockingjay – Part 1 has 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, well below “The Hunger Games” (84 percent) and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (89 percent).
Lionsgate shouldn’t worry too much about the critics though, as Mockingjay should easily surpass its $140 million budget in a few days thanks to its built-in hardcore audience. Not to mention that the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, easily one of today’s biggest movie stars.