“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2” was, unsurprisingly, a big hit at the box office this weekend, but it wasn’t as huge a success as most people anticipated. This is the fourth and final film in “The Hunger Games” series, which is based on the bestselling dystopian book series and stars Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist, a young woman who leads her society in rebellion against its oppressive Capitol. “Mockingjay- Part 2” opened in the U.S. with $101.02 million, making it the fifth movie this year to debut with over $100 million. Based on those numbers, the film is far from a failure, but it is disappointing considering that “Mockingjay- Part 1” opened with almost $20 million more than that. And before that, “Catching Fire” opened with $158 million. Some of that could be due to the mixed reaction to “Mockingjay- Part 1”. Since the last two movies are based on one book, “Part 1” was a rather slow build-up to what should be an explosive finale in “Part 2”. But in splitting the final story into two films, it’s very possible that filmmakers alienated audiences by dragging the franchise out for too long. It will be interesting to see how “Part 2” does up against this Thanksgiving’s new releases, which include a new movie from Pixar.
“Spectre”, the James Bond movie that led the box office for the last two weeks, dropped to second this weekend with only $14.6 million, proof of just how much “Mockingjay- Part 2” dominated the competition. “The Night Before” debuted in fourth with $10.1 million. The adult holiday comedy stars Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a trio of friends who set out to have the ultimate Christmas party. “The Secret in Their Eyes” followed in fifth with $6.6 million. That film is a mystery story, and an American remake of the Argentinean film that won the Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 2010. It’s worth noting that neither “The Secret in Their Eyes” nor “The Night Before” were playing in nearly as many theaters as “Mockingjay” was.
Meanwhile, “Spotlight” jumped from twelfth to eighth this weekend as it opened in over 500 more theaters nationwide. In its third week of release, the drama “Brooklyn” also made it into the top twelve, grossing $1.1 million in a little over 100 theaters nationwide.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2”: $101.02 million
2. “Spectre”: $14.6 million
3. “The Peanuts Movie”: $12.8 million
4. “The Night Before”: $10.1 million
5. “The Secret in Their Eyes”: $6.6 million
6. “Love the Coopers”: $3.9 million
7. “The Martian”: $3.7 million
8. “Spotlight”: $3.6 million
9. “The 33”: $2.2 million
10. “Bridge of Spies”: $1.9 million
11. “Goosebumps”: $1.7 million
12. “Brooklyn”: $1.1 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.