Mockingjay Scores $16M Opening Night

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” the final film in Lionsgate’s franchise adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult novel franchise, opened last night with the film grossing a whopping $16 million in Thursday night previews.

That number is actually down on the $17 million earned on Thursday by last year’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” which went on to an opening day of $55 million and weekend opening of $121.9 million. Estimates for ‘Part 2’ have already been revised today and now sit at around $110 million – the lowest of the series to date.

It’s a far cry from the franchise’s second film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” which did $25 million in Thursday night previews two years ago ahead of a $158 million opening weekend. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” has already opened in most international markets and has reportedly been doing well.

Review wise the film is doing slightly better than its predecessor on various review aggregation sites – but again lags far behind the second film and somewhat behind the first.

With the franchise now seemingly at an end, it’s understandable that Lionsgate would love to continue it in some form or another. Those involved say it’s up to author Suzanne Collins, but director Francis Lawrence says he can only see one way going forward – that’s to do a “Fantastic Beasts” style prequel set many years before. He tells EW:

“The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is. I’m sure if Suzanne [Collins] were to get inspired and decide there’s another story that’s important for her to tell that exists within the world of Panem and whether about the Dark Days, another character, or another set of Games, whatever that could be, I’m sure it would be great. And I’d loved to be involved, absolutely.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” is now out in cinemas.