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Weekend B.O. Nov. 21-23 (Some Kind of Disappointment)

Weekend B.O. Nov. 21-23 (Some Kind of Disappointment)

Only in
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.

And since
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
sleepless nights.

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

Coming in
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.

And speaking
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.

However the
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.

And “Beyond
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.

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1  LGF  $123,000,000 
2) Big Hero 6  BV  $20,086,000  Total: $135,708,000 
3) Interstellar  Par.  $15,100,000  Total: $120,692,000 
4) Dumb and Dumber To  Uni.  $13,820,000  Total: $57,473,000 
5) Gone Girl  Fox  $2,815,000  Total: $156,823,000 
6) Beyond the Lights  Rela.  $2,630,000  Total: $10,124,000 
7) St. Vincent  Wein.  $2,354,000  Total: $36,613,000 
8) Fury  Sony  $1,900,000  Total: $79,150,000 
9) Birdman  FoxS  $1,855,000 Total: $14,407,000 
10) Nightcrawler  ORF  $1,208,000  Total: $27,170,000 
11) Ouija  Uni.  $952,000  Total: $49,546,000 
12) John Wick  LG/S  $915,000  Total: $40,649,000

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