Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Aims for $102 Million Weekend

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
Courtesy of Lionsgate

The final chapter in the “Hunger Games” saga, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” is on track to hit a $102 million bullseye in its opening weekend, based on Friday receipts.

The fourth installment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series hit a total of $46 million Friday at 4,175 locations, handily topping all other titles at the box office. The Lionsgate release started strong in Thursday night previews, generating $16 million. Earlier estimates had pegged the actioner’s three-day total around $110 million. This marks the lowest opening day in the “Hunger Games” franchise.

The three earlier “Hunger Games” pics performed mightily at the box office, combining for $2.3 billion in worldwide grosses. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million domestically following the first film’s $152.5 million launch and “Catching Fire’s” $158.1 million kickoff.

Should it hit its expected mark, “Mockingjay — Part 2” will be the year’s fifth-biggest U.S. opening, behind “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.3 million), “Furious 7” ($147.2 million) and “Minions” ($115.7 million).Variety‘s Peter Debruge had high praise for the fourth “Hunger Games” pic in his review, saying it contains “one of the heartiest character arcs ever afforded a young female protagonist.”

“Spectre,” the 24th James Bond film, had the second-highest Friday total, pulling in $4.3 million on its way to a weekend total around $14 million. The Daniel Craig starrer from EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony, should cross $150 million in domestic receipts by the end of the weekend. Fox release “Peanuts,” another holdover, will finish behind “Spectre,” having pulled in just shy of $3 million en route to a weekend haul of $12 million.

Sony’s “The Night Before,” starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, will finish the weekend in fourth place. The holiday comedy generated $3.5 million in 2,960 locations on Friday, which forecasts a weekend total around $10 million.

STX’s “The Secret in Their Eyes” pulled in $2.3 million Friday night and should accumulate around $7 million over its first three days in 2,392 locations, a soft opening despite the star power of Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Hollywood needs to stop turning last books into two-parters. The last two Divergent films are gonna flop hard. Insurgent already made less than the first one.

  2. another film with Jen , its awesome yay!

  3. Benninghoff says:

    That’s way-y-y-y under the estimate. probably due to Jen not being able to shut her trap.

  4. Juan Claude-Van-Dumbe says:

    Wait till Mockingjay Part 3 comes out! We all know how kool Mockingjay is… but where’s Silent Bob? Jen Lawrence needs to get a much older man like Donald Trump that would soften her rough edges a bit! Then she needs to have like 12-24 kids and act like a mother! Not some dumpy Hollywood goober!

  5. Bonnie says:

    46 million? I thought it would make more than that on Friday. If anyone has notice this dystopian YA films aren’t making as much? The Maze Runner sequel barely made as much as the first film, the same thing happened with the Divergent sequel. And those two franchises are going to do the same thing with their final movie as Hunger Games. Maybe the fad has ran out of gas.

  6. James says:

    Mockingjay Part. 2 was great! I don’t understand the critics, it was an emotional and suspenseful ride.

  7. Just A Thought... says:

    The diminishing North American returns for the Divergence, Maze Runner and now Hunger Games sequels may suggest that the YA dystopian future fad is finally on its way out…and little wonder: with all that’s going on in the Real World lately, who wants to PAY to see bleakness and anxiety on the big screen?

    • Bonnie says:

      I highly doubt what happened in France and so on has any affect, especially on Americans. The Aurora shooting happened right when The Dark Knight Rises premiered and it never stopped the move from being so successful that it made over a billion.

  8. meiray says:

    Mockingjay is the least well-regarded of the books. It’s not too surprising the opening weekends slacked off a bit. Still, it’s an impressive number all the same.

  9. Red Days says:

    Surprising drop-off for the Hunger Games finale, but still okay if it can get to $100 million. We’ll have to wait to see the actuals. When SPECTRE opened , all weekend long the report was that it would open to $80 million, and then when actuals came in on Monday, it only opened to slightly more than $70 million. But I think what’s even more shocking are the poor to pitiful openings for Seth Rogen’s latest raunch festival, THE NIGHT BEFORE, and Julia Roberts, SECRETS IN THEIR EYES. Also of note is the huge drop-off for SPECTRE yet again. That’s another -60% drop from Friday to Friday.

  10. daniel says:

    The last two films were boring we can’t deny that and I think that even affected the JLaw performance.
    But actually I can say this saga wasn’t ever look to me so interesting and entertaining like Harry Potter series.

    • Jack says:

      The Harry Potter series is dull, pure entertainment for children. Hunger Games contain important poltical messages and are there to make people actually think. Jennifer Lawrence is incredible, her performance alone make these movies 100 times better.

      • daniel says:

        Harry Potter series is wonderful, with so much better reviews, success in box office, better visuals, better performances from the all cast and obviously more iconic, so you’re arguments are dull and dumb.
        Mockingjay Part 1 was very bad and this one are bad too. The two first films were the best of saga, but it isn’t a film saga to remember.

  11. Bill B. says:

    Wish The Secret in Their Eyes had done better. Sounds interesting.

    • Sharon says:

      No it didn’t, it was shitty remake of an already excellent movie. The original Argentina film was perfect.

    • Rebecca B says:

      I haven’t seen the English language version of the film yet, but the 2009 Argentinian version, the Oscar winner for the Best Foreign Language Film that year, was seriously brilliant and haunting. You might consider giving that one a spin, and then decide whether the new one still looks all that interesting.

      I will probably see the new one eventually, and I hope it’s great, but I am far from convinced that it was necessary. Its critical and box office reception has done nothing to change that.

  12. James says:

    People are finally starting to see that splitting the last book is a blatant money grab!

  13. David says:

    Mockingjay – Part 2 is structurally uneven and sometimes lacking, but still a good movie filled with fine political discussions, great performances and excellent conclusion.

  14. hungergames! says:

    This movie was amazing!!! Jennifer Lawrence is a talented little genius. You go girl!

  15. Ricky Daniels says:

    It was pretty clear the Paris attacks scared many away. The fear struck everyone worldwide. No one wanted to go to the movies that weekend.

    This would have done over 160 million otherwise.

    • Bonnie says:

      It happened a week ago, you really think an incident that never occurred here is really going to impact people?
      Splitting the movie in half was ridiculous.

    • Connie says:

      I call bull$hit. That’s a lame excuse. You can clearly see that with each next installment the cume kept going down.

      • James says:

        Stop with the shitty excuses, this franchise peaked with Catching Fire. It’s been waning interest ever since then. This a disappointing number for the finale.

  16. Thetruth says:

    probably Jennifer should learn to stop complaining about making millions and millions of dollars and looking like a white feminist that is a massive turn off.

    • Guest says:

      Her letter receive a great response from the public and her peers. Once again, people making BS reasons why this film isn’t making as much as it should.

      • Jude says:

        It did NOT receive a great response from the public. Just the opposite. They see a spoiled multi-millionaire complaining about the more millions she wanted. Huge turnoff, and sprouting out against Christians, while cowardly saying nothing about Muslims hurt as well.

    • Connie says:

      I agree! Omg and she whines so much and tries to play the pity card too! Whaaa I’m lonely, guys don’t hit on me, I feel vulnerable, I spend Saturdays alone, women get paid less whaaa. Go cry somewhere else we, or more specifically, I don’t care!

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