Weekend Box Office: Final ‘Hunger Games’ Debuts at $101 Million

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The final installment in The Hunger Games blockbuster franchise, verbosely-titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, had the smallest debut in the series’ history. On the other hand, it was another top spot $100M+ debut for the movie with reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Yeah, that was under initial predictions of $120 million, and 16% behind Mockingjay – Part 1, and 36% behind Catching Fire. Maybe it’s a sign that interest in the dystopian world of Panem has crested, but when you beat James Bond by over $80 million, that ain’t too bad. The PG-13 actioner starring Jennifer Lawrence as the arrow-slinging heroine easily placed No. 1 both domestically and internationally and received a decent “A-” CinemaScore.

The returning James Bond film Spectre, starring Daniel Craig, dropped to second place in its third week with $14.6 million, while The Peanuts Movie fell to third with $12.8 million (down 47%), but Spectre stands at $677 million globally, which is the second highest grossing Bond film ever worldwide.

The Seth Rogen Christmas and drugs comedy The Night Before hauled in $10.1 million. Another new film, the remake of the Secret in Their Eyes featuring stars of yesteryear, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, couldn’t even hit $7 million in its opening weekend despite a wide release. A movie that made back 1/4 of its budget earned a B- CinemaScore. Here’s how this weekend’s top twelve looks.

Weekend Box Office Estimates

On the indie side, the Turkish/French movie Mustang opened to $22,151 on three screens; Legend, starring Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy as two identical twin limey gangsters, made $83,000 on four screens; Angelina Jolie‘s By the Sea made $185,000 in its second week for a total of $312,597 and Todd Haynes‘s Carol opened with $248,149 on four screens.

Looking ahead, Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur should take the lead at the next week Thanksgiving box office with a debut of at least $60 million, while fellow new releases Creed and Victor Frankenstein are expected to open with $25 and $13 million.