Regardless of whether “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” underperformed in comparison to its other franchise releases, the odds are in Lionsgate’s favor.
The final estimates for this weekend’s box office are in, and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” secured it’s number one spot with an estimated $123 million.
The dystopian teen film starring Jennifer Lawrence will claim the title of the biggest opening weekend of the year.
The top three were rounded off by three week holdovers “Big Hero 6” and “Interstellar.”
Francis Lawrence, the director of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” recently talked to Vulture about the performance of lead actress Jennifer Lawrence.
“She’s good at both, but what’s kind of fun about her is that she’s an amazing actress.
You give her a script, and she’s really incredible and amazing to watch,” said director Lawrence.
“I learn something new from her every day.
But what’s really interesting to see is when she’s unscripted.
There’s a blunt, almost awkward honesty that comes from her that is really charming.” It’s no question that in addition to being based on bestselling source material, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was also bolstered in the box office by the performance of it’s Academy award winning star.
According Box Office Pro , the movie should end Sunday night with 123$ million in box office gross.
This is reportedly the largest opening weekend of the year, beating out the $100.4 million opening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Only time will tell if the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” can claim the top spot as the highest grossing film of the year by beating out Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The rest of the top three in the box office weekend were holdovers “Big Hero 6” and “Interstellar.” Disney’s offbeat superhero group will grab an estimated $20.9 million.
Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan’s space drama fought off “Dumb and Dumber To” and should end at $15 million.
Heading into the next few weeks, odds should still be in the favor of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” until Fox’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” hits theaters.