“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” grossed more than $100 million over the weekend but still fell well shy of the opening of last year’s “Mockingjay-Part 1,” according to figures reported Monday by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. The fourth and final film based on the Suzanne Collins dystopian trilogy, “Mockingjay-Part 2” grossed $102.6 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday plus Thursday night’s early screenings. By comparison, “Mockingjay-Part 1” debuted with $121.8 million on the same weekend in 2014.
Critics and audiences seemed generally pleased with “The Hunger Games” finale. A solid 70 percent of reviews were positive and 77 percent of moviegoers liked “Part 2,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote “The Hunger Games comes to an exciting, poignant, and overall satisfying conclusion.”
After two weekends at No. 1, the 24th James Bond film “Spectre,” starring Daniel Craig as 007, slipped one notch to No. 2 in its third weekend, grossing $15 million for a total of $154.1 million since opening Nov. 6. Animated family comedy “The Peanuts Movie” also dropped one spot to No. 4 in its third weekend, grossing $13.2 million for a total of $99.3 million since opening Nov. 6.
R-rated Christmas comedy “The Night Before,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie, opened at No. 4 with $9.8 million. A solid 65 percent of reviews were positive and 77 percent of moviegoers liked “The Night Before,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “provokes enough belly laughs to qualify as a worthwhile addition to the list of Christmas comedies worth revisiting, even if it isn’t quite as consistent as the classics.”
Mystery thriller “Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, debuted at No. 5 with $6.6 million. Only 43 percent of reviews were positive and 49 percent of moviegoers liked “Secret in Their Eyes,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “wastes its incredible cast on a remake that fails to improve upon or even make a compelling case for its own existence in addition to the remarkable original.”
Three new movies open nationwide Wednesday, Nov. 25, including Disney Pixar animated adventure comedy “The Good Dinosaur.” Wednesday’s other two new releases are the sports drama and the seventh film in the “Rocky” franchise “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone; and horror sci-fi drama “Victor Frankenstein,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy.