In an interesting twist of events, one of the year’s most anticipated films has snagged the top spot at the 2014 box office for biggest opening weekend takes, but has also opened as the lowest grossing film of the Hunger Games franchise thus far. According to Variety, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 took in $123 million this weekend, beating the year’s previous biggest opening in Transformers: Age of Extinction, which opened at right around $100 million this summer.
Still, even though Mockingjay is seeing big numbers when compared to the year’s other blockbusters, its final weekend figure is actually the lowest opening of the Hunger Games film series — by a pretty wide margin. The original film took in $152.5 million when it was released in 2012, and last year’s sequel, Catching Fire, bested that figure by opening at $158.5 million last year. According to the Variety piece, most analysts seemed to believe that the first part of Mockingjay would open on the higher end of Lionsgate’s $130-150 million projection, predicting a take closer to, or right at, the $150 million figure.
Whther or not this could be described as a “disappointing” opening — which it likely can’t be — the true test will be in the weeks to come, to see if the sequel has as much staying power as the previous entries in the series. General critical reception has been very positive, with our own review by Eric D. Snider calling it the best yet of the series.
For more on Mockingjay – Part 1 as it develops, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation.
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