‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Final ‘Hunger Games’ movie rules North American box office.

This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Liam Hemsworth, left, as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Clafin, back left, as Finnick Odair, Evan Ross, back right, as Messalia, and Jennifer Lawrence, right, as Katniss Everdeen, in the film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. The final installment is the lowest opener of the four Hunger Games films, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and debuted with $20 million less than Mockingjay – Part 1 that was released on the same weekend a year ago. But this is about “The Hunger Games,” the epic heart-wrenching action series that made Jennifer Lawrence a household name, made us wish our dresses could light on fire, and in the spirit of all spot-on book-to-film adaptions, made reading cool again (at least for a little while). When the big-screen depiction of Suzanne Collins’ Panem debuted in March 2012, it brought in $152.5 million, the biggest opening ever for a movie with a female lead.

But it failed to meet the income of its predecessor, “Mockingjay, Part 1,” which opened at $121.9 million, according to ticket sales tracker Rentrak. The fourth Hunger Games film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth had been expected to bow with at least the same gross as the 2014 film, that opened with $121.9 million. Lionsgate split the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy into two films, following the precedent of Twilight and Harry Potter whose box office peaked with the final installments.

Nevertheless, the Hunger Games movie franchise, based on a trio of best-selling young adult fantasy novels by Suzanne Collins, had already grossed some $2.2 billion worldwide before the latest opening, according to Lionsgate, the studio that produced the films. Lionsgate’s domestic distribution chief David Spitz was upbeat, telling Variety: ‘It’s a phenomenal opening and we launched these movies at this time consciously knowing there’d be a lucrative long run way through the holidays.’ Julia Roberts’ remake of the Argentinean Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner severely disappointed in its wide release, failing to interest the movie-going public. The books and the movies tell the story of Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), a teenage heroine pitched into a deadly battle for survival in a macabre dystopian world. The actress starred with Nicole Kidman and British actor Chiwetel Efjiofor in the dark thriller about a FBI Agent whose daughter is murdered and who seek revenge when a clue to who did it surfaces years later.

In its third week, Sony Pictures’ SNE, +0.11% “Spectre” dropped to No. 2 at the box office, earning $14.6 million, which puts its domestic total at $153.7 million. While Mockingjay didn’t manage to soar as high as the earlier installments, the $160 million film still notched the fifth-biggest debut of the year, making it one of only five films to debut above $100 million. The star-studded spy thriller — with Daniel Craig as 007, and including Italian beauty Monica Bellucci and Austrian Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as the villain — has raked in $153.7 million in its three weeks in cinemas.

In “Harry Potter,” the final movie is an all-out battle between the good and evil wizards, complete with edge-of-your-seat action and a few laugh-out-loud quips amid the chaos. The family-friendly film was the first big screen rendering in 35 years for the comic book characters created by the late Charles Schulz, who died in 2000. In limited release, the lesbian period drama Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, opened in four theatres in New York and Los Angeles and performed well. Globally, it reeled in $247 million, and even though Mockingjay couldn’t catch Catching Fire’s box office records, it bumped up the franchise’s worldwide total to a staggering $2.55 billion.

Sony’s R-rated holiday comedy “The Night Before,” starring Seth Rogen; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, finished the weekend with $10.1 million, enough for the No. 4 spot in its box office debut. As far as films not set in Panem go, holdovers and newcomers alike fell to Katniss’ arrow, as no other movie in theaters managed to crack $15 million. By staying dutiful to the book, as author Suzanne Collins promised, the movie wasn’t full of the dramatic teen vs. teen battles that comprised the first two films. Julia Roberts’ mystery thriller “Secret in Their Eyes” rounds out the top five films from the weekend, earning $6.6 million for STX Entertainment in its first weekend.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend next week will welcome the latest installment in the “Rocky” franchise, with Time Warner Inc.-owned TWX, -0.37% Warner Bros.’ release of “Creed,” starring Michael B.

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