‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Tops Box Office With $123 Million

Although it’s accurate to describe The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I as a disappointment, those expectations should be tempered considering it is: A) The #1 movie in this weekend and B) It made a whopping $123 million!

The first two Hunger Games films opened up substantially better with a weekend debut take of $152 and $158 million, and maybe the oft-used phrase “sequel fatigue” may apply to the franchise. Still, Mockingjay dominated the rest of the competition, with Big Hero 6 a million miles behind with a $20.1 million haul. Here’s the top 10:

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – Katniss Everdeen’s arrows still hit the mark. $123 million
  2. Big Hero 6 – One of this year’s finest films, Big Hero 6 took in $20.1 million. Domestically, it’s reached over $135.7 million.
  3. Interstellar – Dad and daughter space opera from Christopher Nolan makes $15.1 million. To date, it’s grossed $120.69 million stateside.
  4. Dumb and Dumber To – $13.8 million
  5. Gone Girl – $2.815 million
  6. Beyond The Lights – $2.63 million
  7. St. Vincent – $1.9 million
  8. Fury – $1.9 million and with just $79.15 earned domestically, this WWII tank film has been a slight disappointment for Sony.
  9. Birdman – $1.855 million
  10. The Theory of Everything – $2.79 million, but it’s per screen average of $10,700 bodes well for the film’s theatrical longevity.

Jennifer Lawrence On “Complicated” Feelings On Finishing ‘Hunger Games’

On Friday November 14, a New York City press conference was held for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne MooreSam Claflin, as well as director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson were among the participants.

During the press conference, Jennifer Lawrence talked about the “complicated” feelings she had in wrapping up The Hunger Games franchise with her co-stars (and close friends) Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth:

It was complicated because it was a long shoot. We were there for 10 months and it was hard and exhausting so there was a part of smelling the barn and wanting to wrap just to give our bodies a break. But realizing that when it was over we weren’t going to . . . we always (had) that and then we go and we do other stuff and then we come back and we have each other again. (And) realizing that was going to be gone was such a complicated mix of feelings.

- New York, NY - 11/15/14-New York Press Conference For The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1 .The Film will open November 21.  PICTURED: Jennifer Lawrence  PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix
– New York, NY – 11/15/14-New York Press Conference For The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1 .The Film will open November 21. PICTURED: Jennifer Lawrence PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I opens Friday, November 21.