_‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ Has Biggest Opening Weekend Of The Year With $123 Million!

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ has the biggest opening weekend of the year with $123 million. Read more on the story below!

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The popular movie franchise breaks the box office every time as eager people flock to the movie theater for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ which is the latest installment of “The Hunger Games’ series. The movie made $123 million during the opening weekend which made it the biggest of the year in the box office. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ didn’t make as much as the other previous installments of the movie. Last year “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opened at $158 million and the original movie opened in 2012 with $153 million. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ past “Transformers: Age of Extinction” which was the previous top weekend opener of the year. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” made $100 million for its debut.

The final book of the series by Suzanne Collins, was split into two movies, which is lucrative for Lionsgate. “Mockingjay” made $152 million overseas over the weekend which brings the movie to $275 million for a global opening.

David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate, says, “It’s the biggest opening of the year, so it really illustrates the strength of the franchise.” The movie was the 15th best ever opening in North America for the company. A lot of the action will be in the second film of “Mockingjay” which is scheduled for a release in November 2015. In 2010, over the same November weekend, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” which the last book, was also split into two books and it opened with $125 million. The second “Deathly Hallows” film debuted higher than all other Harry Potter films with $169 million in 2011. Estimated weekend numbers are 1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” 2. “Big Hero 6” 3. “Interstellar” 4. “Dumb and Dumber To” 5. “Gone Girl” 6. “Beyond the Lights” 7. “St. Vincent” 8. “Fury” 9. “Birdman” and 10. “The Theory of Everything.”