Now this is strange: Your movie has the biggest opening of the year, and it’s still considered a disappointment by some.
As most expected, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” easily scored the biggest debut of the year this weekend. Playing at 4,151 theaters, Mockingjay opened to an estimated $123 million this weekend. Crushing the $100 million debut of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” earlier this year.
Jennifer Lawrence’s third outing as Katniss Everdeen earned $17 million on Thursday, $55.1 million Friday, and an estimated $40.7m Saturday. Any movie studio would we pleased with numbers like that, but I guarantee you all anyone in entertainment will be talking about is how the third movie opened below its predecessors.
The audience “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” was 60% female and 52% under the age of 25. That’s roughly the same breakdown as “Catching Fire’s” opening crowd in 2013. The film earned an “A-” Cinemasocre.
Meanwhile overseas, Mockingjay outperformed the first two Hunger Games films, grossing $152 million, ahead of Catching Fire ($146 million). With that, Mockingjay’s worldwide total sits at $275 million, one of the best showings of the year.Maybe the lack of IMAX and the traditional Hunger Games played a factor in the lower domestic numbers, but it could simply be people are waiting for the last chapter in the saga next year. And don’t forget: For the most part, 2014 has been a dismal year at the box office.
In a distant second place, Big Hero 6 eased 42 percent to an estimated $20.1 million. To date, the Disney Animation hit has grossed $135.7 million, and remains on track to finish with around $200 million It will be interesting to see how the movie hold sup against “Penguins of Madagascar” this holiday weekend.
Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” took third place with $15.1 million (off 47 percent). Through its third weekend, the movie has earned $120.7 million domestically, and $329 million overseas.
Your top five pre-Thanksgiving appetizers:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 – $123 million
2. Big Hero 6 – $20.1 million
3. Interstellar – $15.1 million
4. Dumb and Dumber To – $13.8 million
5. Gone Girl – $2.8 million