It is expected to be the biggest cinematic release of the year, and Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” so far hasn’t disappointed. Box-office results from Thursday night previews are in and the film pulled in an estimated $17 million as it begins its North American rollout.
That’s down by 33% on the $25.3 million Thursday night launch for last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and 14% on the $19.7 million for the first game. Yet it’s still 60% ahead of this year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which up until today had the highest Thursday night preview haul with $11.2 million.
The first “Mockingjay” is up 5% overall from “Catching Fire” in the international markets it has opened in so far, and has been the top opener of the year in all its early markets. It’s expected to open to $130-150 million in North America alone during its openings weekend.