The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 tallied $123 million in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts and score the year’s biggest U.S. opening, according to studio estimates. The third installment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie series, starring Jennifer Lawrence added a further $152 million at box offices, overseas for a global opening weekend tally of $275 million, said Rentrak, a tracking firm. …Mockingjay garnered $17 million at Thursday night screenings for the year’s best Thursday total, but fell short of industry forecasts for about $148 million, through Sunday. “This weekend will wind up down, versus the same frame a year ago when the previous Hunger Games installment …Catching Fire led with $158.1 million, noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst from Rentrak.
According to Boxofficemojo, the first Hunger Games accumulated $152.5 million on its opening weekend in 2012. Walt Disney’s animated action film Big Hero 6 was second with ticket sales of $20.1 million for three days from Friday through Sunday, pushing its three-week total to $135.7 million.
Director Christopher Nolan’s space adventure Interstellar, released by Paramount Pictures was third with $15.1 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices. It has also earned $120.6 million since its opening on November 5. In …Mockingjay Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, the defiant young archer who becomes the face of a mass rebellion in a dystopian post-apocalyptic society.
Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games series split author Suzanne Collins’ final book in her science fiction trilogy into two movies with the next set slated to release in 2015. The latest chapter received “fresh” ratings from two-thirds of reviewers in aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes while audiences gave the film an A-minus rating, according to CinemaScore.
Last weekend’s top movie Dumb and Dumber To, distributed by Universal Pictures fell to the fourth position with $13.8 million in ticket sales. Director David Fincher’s hit Gone Girl bagged $2.8 million to round out the top five.