Friday, 20 November 2015

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Dominates Thursday Box Office En Route To Big Weekend

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In a shocking turn of events, Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 made a whole heap of cash when it first galloped into U.S. cinemas on Thursday evening. In fact, the fourth and final installment to the Jennifer Lawrence-led dystopian franchise took in around $16 million last night, and that was just in the good ol' US of A.

That means that Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is well on its way to grossing the $120 - $125 amount that Lionsgate have projected for the franchise. But, as it’s the last ever time that the Oscar-winning Lawrence will appear on screen as Katniss Everdeen, the studio will probably be hoping that it could even surpass that amount. However, they probably won’t say that out loud just in case it provokes a serious case of jinx.

The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed that the blockbuster, which cost Lionsgate somewhere between $150 and $160 million to produce, amassed $16 million domestically on Thursday. This total is only going to rise exponentially over the coming minutes, hours and days as audiences flock into the 4,000 plus locations where it is screening in North America this weekend.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is already well on its way to earning back its production cost. So far, having opened in 68 markets, Mockingjay has grossed $43 million across the length and breadth of the globe, while it will open in 19 more territories over the course of today. This will include the golden goose that is China, a market that can reap huge rewards if the film is publicized and promoted in the right way.

Rather surprisingly, The Hunger Games franchise’s box-office numbers have actually been decreasing with each passing installment. 2013’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire grossed $25.3 million on its Thursday night opening, followed by a $158 million weekend. Then 2014’s Mockingjay Part 1’s numbers were $17 million and $121.9 million.

It remains to be seen whether the impending sequel can correct this slide, but its Thursday figures already means that it faces an uphill struggle to do just that. Plus with a certain Star Wars: The Force Awakens just around the corner, some of the shine and appeal to the film has been lost, which could effect its numbers.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 picks up where the last film left off, and sees Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen fighting against Donald Sutherland’s President Snow as she looks to topple the corrupt government of Panem. And if that’s not appealing enough to get you into a cinema to see it, maybe the fact that it is the final time you’ll ever get to see a new performance from the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman up on the big screen will do the trick. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is in cinemas everywhere right this second.  

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