Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Soars To Opening Weekend Blowout Win
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 crushed the box office competition, earning $123 million in its opening weekend. That allowed the blockbuster Jennifer Lawrence sequel to easily win the #1 spot.
Despite that success, Mockingjay – Part 1 had a lower domestic opening than its predecessor, Catching Fire. That flick opened with $158.1 million last year, topping the first installment, The Hunger Games, which debuted with $152. 5 million in 2012. Nevertheless, Mockingjay – Part 1 is the biggest opening of 2014, and is doing blockbuster business internationally. The fourth and final film in the franchise, Mockingjay – Part 2, will hit theaters in November 2015.
Meanwhile, the animated film Big Hero 6 took second place at the box office this weekend, with approximately $20.1 million. It is now well past the $100 million cumulative mark in its third week. The #3 spot went to the Matthew McConaughey–Anne Hathaway space adventure Interstellar for raking in $15.1 million. The Jim Carrey–Jeff Daniels comedy Dumb and Dumber To followed, taking $13.8 million for a fourth place finish.
Gone Girl, now in its eighth week, is the oldest film currently on the Top 10, but continues to do better than many newer pictures. It managed to snag a respectable fifth place with $2.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $156.8 million. Beyond The Lights wasn’t far behind, at least for the weekend, earning $2.6 million, and then came St. Vincent with $2.4 million to snag the #7 spot.
It continued to be a tight race to round out the Top 10, with Fury ($1.9 million), Birdman ($1.9 million), and The Theory of Everything ($1.5 million). What did you see this weekend?