Going into the weekend it was expected that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” would score the lowest opening of the series to date. Just how low though has surprised.
The final film in the series is headed towards a $101 million opening weekend at the U.S. box-office – an amazing number for almost any other franchise, but the lowest for the series to date by almost $20 million.
The final film has had the fifth-highest opening of the year and a $24,198 per screen average – again those are stunning figures for any other film, but that’s beneath even the lowest projections domestically. ‘Mockingjay Part 2’ also grossed $146 million overseas in 87 markets with most of it from the UK, China, Germany and Mexico.
“Spectre” continues to go fairly steady, dropping to second place with $14.6 million and a $670 million global haul as of this weekend. Domestically it’s falling behind “Skyfall” with the movie nabbing $153.7 million so far, at this point in its run “Skyfall” was at $221 million (but also had the luxury of a holiday weekend).
The Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt holiday comedy “The Night Before” opened to just $10.1 million in fourth place, while the dismissed Julia Roberts-led English remake of Argentinian Oscar winner “Secret in Their Eyes” opened in fifth to just $6.7 million.
In limited release, Todd Haynes’ “Carol” opened to a stunning $62,037 per screen average across four screens. The Tom Hardy-led “Legend” opened solidly on four screens to a $20,721 per screen average. Both “Spotlight” and “Brooklyn” continued to expand to strong numbers, while the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-led “By the Sea” fizzes with only a $313,000 gross so far.