‘Mockingjay Part 2′ Takes Franchise Low of $101 Million

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2′ debuts to nearly $250 million globally.

LOS ANGELES — “Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final “Hunger Games” film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. The series starring Jennifer Lawrence kicked off with a bang in March 2012 with a massive $152.5 million weekend — one of the highest openings of all time. ‘‘Catching Fire,’’ next in the franchise, one-upped that with a $158.1 million debut in November 2013. ‘‘Mockingjay — Part 1’’ opened on this weekend last year to $121.9 million, considered at the time an expected dip, while fans awaited the final installment, which, if it mimicked ‘‘Twilight’’ or ‘‘Harry Potter,’’ would have snared the second highest (if not highest) opening in the series. ‘‘It’s a great accomplishment.“Mockingjay – Part 2” bowed in 87 international markets and 32,500 screens, making it the widest day-and-date release of the year, and the most ambitious in the history of Lionsgate, the studio behind the series.

The final film in the science-fiction franchise debuted to $101 million, but even that massive figure wasn’t as big a sendoff for Katniss Everdeen and her fellow revolutionaries as some had predicted. The Francis Lawrence-directed picture logged international opening weekend ticket sales of $146 million from 87 markets, according to Santa Monica-based studio Lionsgate.

It came in eighth at the box office, just behind “The Martian.” With this weekend down 11 percent from last year, it remains to be seen whether 2015 will indeed be a record-breaking $11 billion year as many predicted at the outset. The picture opened in first place in 81 of the markets where it played, scoring $17.1 million from the U.K., $16.4 million in China, $14.4 million in Germany and $8.7 million in Mexico.

It also represents a low for the series, falling far short of the $158.1 million high-water mark established by 2013′s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” It’s a sign, perhaps, that interest in the dystopian world of Panem has crested. It’s a massive opening, but it is still dwarfed by the $274.9 million global debut of “Mockingjay – Part 1.” It also fell short of projections that had the picture opening to $300 million worldwide. The overall franchise has grossed over $2 billion worldwide and counting,” said David Spitz, co-president of theatrical distribution for Lionsgate. “It’s a pretty phenomenal result.” Dergarabedian attributes the showing to a down marketplace.

Though Katniss Everdeen cast a shadow over foreign multiplexes, some films managed to enjoy strong ticket sales. “Spectre” added $65.7 million to its haul from 92 markets, pushing its global total to $681.4 million and capturing second place on foreign charts. Just two weekends ago, “Spectre,” which fell to second place this week with $14.6 million, failed to live up to the domestic opening of “Skyfall,” the previous James Bond film.

Even though some of those markets were affected by the fallout of terrorist attacks in Paris, Spitz said the film is performing on par compared to the previous films. “We’re having a great weekend,” Spitz said. “It’s nice to be able say we are one of only 34 films to have ever had an opening weekend over $100 million.” About 70 percent of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a positive rating. With $12.8 million, “The Peanuts Movie” finished behind “Spectre” and ahead of the Seth Rogen holiday comedy “The Night Before,” which earned an expected $10.1 million. In third place, Taiwanese romance “Our Times” snagged $12 million, while fourth place finisher, the South Korean thriller “Inside Men,” nabbed $10.2 million. Opening early seemed like a really good prelude to the Thanksgiving weekend where it will expand beautifully,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution. “It’s a good start for us.” The Julia Roberts thriller “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film, debuted wide this weekend to $6.6 million from 2,392 locations — slightly under expectations. Sony’s new buddy Christmas comedy “The Night Before” with Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie was no match for Katniss – or James Bond or Charlie Brown.

Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that there won’t be another mainstream comedy in the marketplace until Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s “Sisters” debuts on Dec. 16. The Weinstein Co.’s “Carol,” the period love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in acclaimed lead performances, debuted strongly on only four screens in New York and Los Angeles for a per-screen average topping $62,000 – the highest of the week. “We’re really pleased with it,” said Erik Lomis, the studio’s theatrical distribution president. “The reviews have been pretty spectacular and people really like the film.” “Carol” will expand in limited release through December, Lomis said. Still performing well is “Spotlight,” director Tom McCarthy’s drama about the Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of priest sexual abuse.

It was the only holdover in the top 10 to post a week-to-week increase – of 166 percent – partly due to its addition of more than 500 screens and building buzz about its awards-season prospects. Next week arrivals at the multiplex include Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” and the Warner Bros. “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” starring Michael B.

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