‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Sees Early Box Office Gains in Germany, Brazil

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” has launched impressively in its first international showings, setting a German record for previews of a Lionsgate title with $1.5 million at 621 locations.

The German number also topped the “Mockingjay — Part 1” figure by an impressive 42%.

“Mockingjay 2” is releasing on over 33,000 screens in 87 international markets, including launches in both China and Japan this weekend. It’s the largest global launch of 2015 and Lionsgate’s biggest release ever.

Belgium’s opening day was up 3% over “Mockingjay — Part 1” with $296,000 at 131 screens. The Netherlands’ first day total rose 9% to $529,000 and Brazil gained 6% to $1.2 million at 1,245 screens.

In France, where the country is still dealing with the aftermath of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the opening day declined 20% to 205,231 admissions

Lionsgate reported that early indications from key U.K. exhibitors showed that advance sales were up. Australia, Germany, Russia, Italy and the U.K. are releasing the tentpole on Thursday, followed by China, Mexico, Japan and the U.S on Friday.

“Mockingjay — Part 2” is expected to finish the weekend with around $300 million worldwide, with $120 million to $150 million from the U.S.

The rollout is far larger than the previous films in the futuristic series. “Mockingjay — Part 1” debuted in 85 markets and 17,963 screens, while “Catching Fire” unspooled across 64 markets and 12,782 screens. “Mockingjay — Part 1” hauled $276.2 million globally in its initial weekend and “Catching Fire” took in $307.7 million.

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