Hollyweird can a film have the biggest opening of any film this year, grossing
some $125 million, and yet be called “a disappointment,” ad well as a “franchise low”.
What’s the logic behind that?
In the case
of “The Hunger Games: Mockingkjay Part 1,” that is what some box office analysts
are calling it, because the $123 million it grossed this weekend is lower than
the $152 million and $158 million that the first two “Hunger Games” movies did in
their weekend openings.
“Mockingjay” was expected to do around $150 million, but the $123 million, though is lower,
is nothing really to cry about. Most filmmakers only wish they could make a
film that grosses even half that much, during their entire
theatrical runs. So save the pity please, especially since the film has, in its
first weekend alone, grossed some $275 million worldwide.
there is a “Mockingjay Part 2” already finished and set for release exactly a
year from now, you would think execs at Lionsgate aren’t exactly having any
And “Part 1” could not have come at a better time, since Lionsgate is having a particularly
bad year at the box office, with some high profile fizzles, such as “The
Expendables 3,” “Draft Day,” “I Frankenstein” and “The Legend of Hercules.” Only “Divergent,” released by Summit which is owned by Lionsgate, was a big hit for
second place was Disney’s “Big Hero 6” with $20 million, shaping up to be another huge winner for Disney Animation, followed, in third place, by “Interstellar” with $15 million and $346 million worldwide to
date. Both films holding on well.
of holding on, “Gone Girl” remains in the top ten in 5th place, with $2.8
million, for a total $156.8 million and $326 million worldwide.
word of mouth about last week No.1 film “Dumb and Dumber To” is obviously not great, since the film took a huge 62% drop from week 1, dropping down to 4th place, with $13.8 million.
The Lights” also took a huge drop off of some 57%, but managed to hold on to 6th place, with $2.6
million this weekend.