Hunger Games finale underwhelms in first place

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This photo provided by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the film, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 became only the 33rd movie ever to have a $100 million opening, but had the worst opening of the franchise. The Franchise finale finished first for the weekend with an estimated $101 million. That puts it right above Transformers: Age of Extinction and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (also 4th entries of franchises) on the all-time openings list.

Mockingjay Part 2 should have enough steam to cross $300 million, but the $400 million bar set by the first movie seems unobtainable at this point. Regardless of how the last movie performs in the end, the franchise will become one of the most successful of all time.

This image released by Lionsgate shows Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2." (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.” (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

Hunger Games franchise grosses:

  • The Hunger Games, $152 million opening, $408 million total
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $158 million opening, $424 million total
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, $121 million opening, $337 million total
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, $101 million opening

Far back in second place, Spectre became the fifth highest grossing Bond movie domestically. By this time next week, Daniel Craig’s four Bond movies will encompass the top 4 spots in the 25 film franchise. Its $14.6 million brought its running tally to $153 million. With Thanksgiving providing a boost through the week, Spectre should become only the second Bond movie ever to gross $200 million domestically.

In this photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide LLC, Charlie Brown and Lucy play in the new film, "The Peanuts Movie."  The movie releases in U.S. theaters Nov. 6, 2015. (Twentieth Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide LLC via AP)
In this photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide LLC, Charlie Brown and Lucy play in the new film, “The Peanuts Movie.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters Nov. 6, 2015. (Twentieth Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide LLC via AP)

The Peanuts Movie just missed reaching its own milestone this weekend. Its 3rd place finish with $12.8 million brought its total to $98 million. Family movies tend to have the biggest boost from the holidays due to kids having days off from school. The Peanuts Movie characters are also heavily associated with the holidays with their animated specials being played every year on television.

Two new movies rounded out the top five with The Night Before and the Secret in their Eyes making $10.1 million and $6.6 million respectively. With all the focus on the Hunger Games release, these two movies fell a little under the radar and will not have a significant impact on the box office in the upcoming weeks.

Love the Coopers tumbled to sixth place this weekend with $3.9 million. The Christmas season will be unable to help the Coopers recover from its mediocre opening last week.

The Martian placed 7th this weekend continuing to solidify its place in the top ten movies of the year. With Hunger Games stealing away theaters this weekend, it did have the worst drop of its entire run at 45%. Its $3.7 million brought its total to $213 million on the year.

This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)
This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, “Spotlight.” (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

While Martian was shedding theaters, Spotlight was gaining them. Spotlight had its first major expansion, making it into 598 theaters. The result was an 8th place finish with an estimated $3.6 million.

Falling hard in its second weekend was The 33 coming in 9th place. It dropped 62% to an estimated $2.2 million. Without stellar reviews or awards season buzz, The 33 got lost in the shuffle amongst the big blockbusters usually released in the month of November.

Rounding out the top ten was Bridge of Spies which lost around 40% of its theaters this weekend resulting in 55% drop from last weekend’s gross. Spies will ultimately become Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s lowest grossing collaboration.

Next week’s releases: Creed, The Good Dinosaur, and Victor Frankenstein.

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Box office top ten (Chart provided by The Associated Press):

1.”The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” $101 million ($146 million international).

2.“Spectre,” $14.6 million ($65.7 million international).

3.”The Peanuts Movie,” $12.8 million ($1.3 million international).

4.”The Night Before,” $10.1 million.

5.“The Secret in Their Eyes,” $6.6 million ($1.5 million international).

6.“Love the Coopers,” $3.9 million.

7.“The Martian,” $3.7 million ($1.9 million international).

8.”Spotlight,” $3.6 million.

9.“The 33,” $2.2 million.

10.“Bridge of Spies,” $1.9 million ($556,000 international).

 

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