Estimates for the weekend box office are coming in and Mockingjay Part 2 easily took the top spot with an estimated 101 million in reciepts. It’s closest competitor wasn’t even close, as the James Bond flick Spectre took 2nd place with 14.6M in its 3rd week on screens.
The totals put the final film in the franchise as the #5 debut of 2015, just under Minions. While these numbers are still quite impressive it is important to note that Mockingjay Part 2 had the lowest opening weekend in the franchise. The media is torn between calling it a success and a failure. But in our minds, 101M is fantastic as is the final film.
[Want to read speculaton as to what may have caused the drop check out Box Office Mojo’s breakdown click here. We actually really think their thoughts on the decreased marketing may be a legit reason. It definitely wasn’t pushed as hard as the previous 3 films]
We’ll keep you updated on box office results as they come in.
Elle caught up with Sam Claflin this week in New York where he discussed Finnick Odair, making Iggy Azalea karaoke videos with his wife and wild parties at Madonna’s house.
Elle: There’s a pivotal scene in Mockingjay – Part 2 in which you take down a pack of grotesque CGI mutts. All my colleague Sally could talk about was how ripped your back muscles looked…
Sam: Oh no! That’s the only moment that I didn’t actually do [laughs]. That was the one stunt of the entire movie. Anyway, by the time we got to the fight sequence I was exhausted and tired and cold and hungry and no one had spoken to each other for like three weeks because we were all so miserable.
Elle: That sounds brutal
The really difficult thing was that everyone else got machine guns and all I had was a trident! There were so many moments in the script up to that point where I didn’t actually get to do anything. I was just sort of standing behind everyone else looking after Josh [Hutcherson]’s character. When we actually got around to getting into the sewers, and doing the close combat kind of stuff, I got to play around a little bit more.
One of the special messages of The Hunger Games is how one small deed can change the world around us. Well Tributes, here’s your chance to help special kids in need and show your love for the franchise as well. Lionsgate has teamed up with Variety – The Children’s Charity and created a very special limited edition heart shaped Mockingjay Pin. Proceeds from the sale of the pins goes to help disabled and disadvantaged children.
One Good Deed Can Change The World. Lionsgate has collaborated with Variety – the Children’s Charity to create limited edition pins featuring the fourth film in the studio’s blockbuster franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which premieres November 20. Proceeds from the pins, which are for Variety’s 26th annual Gold Heart Campaign, will benefit Variety programs that provide life-saving, life-changing, and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.
The collector’s item will be available for a minimum donation of $3.00 in movie theatres and select retail outlets nationwide from November 2015 – March 2016. A full list of participating locations can be found on www.usvariety.org.
Since 1991, the Gold Heart Pin Campaign has been Variety’s signature fundraising endeavor. Variety works with one major motion picture studio every year, including Lionsgate, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures to design a pin based on a film or character, including universally recognized characters Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, E.T., Spider-Man, Shrek, Yogi Bear, Yoda, Darth Vader, R2-D2, C-3PO, and the Minions. Through this partnership, the Gold Heart Campaign has raised millions of dollars to help children in need.
Help kids be kids. Purchase your Hunger Games Mockingjay 2 Gold Heart Pin now! Contact [email protected]
You can donate to purchase the pin online here or search their listing to find a theater near you that is participating.
Estimates for the weekend box office are now beginning to come in and it looks as if Mockingjay Part 2 has earned an estimated 46 million dollars domestially for its opening day. This is approximately 5 million less than what Part 1 took home for its first day out and is the lowest opening in the franchise. New weekend estimates expect that it will pull in about $102M for opening weekend, which includes 16M from Thursday night previews.
Overseas projections show Mockingjay Part 2 scoring a solid $150 Million over the weekend for a global debut of $251 million.
Though for the moment it appears that the final film will score the lowest opening in the series, the take home is still quite impressive. Only 4 or 5 other films have taken home more this year and the fan response to what they are seeing on the screen has been overwhelmingly positive. And in our minds the latter is by far the most important.
Box office results for Mockingjay Part 2 are starting to trickle in from all parts of the world including the US preview shows from last night. Here’s the breakdown:
In the US: Mockingjay Part 2brought in 16 million from Thursday night preview shows. This is about 1 million less than Part 1 scored on the same evening and much less than Catching Fire‘s 25M in 2013. Definitely a solid start.
China: Mockingjay Part 2 had a rare same day opening and scored the #1 spot at the Chinese box office taking in approximately 5M, which is about 49% less than Part 1. This is kind of an odd comparison though as Part 2 is opening on a Friday, while Part 1 opened on a Sunday.
Germany: MJ2 took in 1.5M on opening day, which was a 42% increase from Part 1.
Brazil, Netherlands and Belgium also scored increases over Part 1’s opening numbers. Though in France, which is still recovering from last week’s terror attacks Part 2 saw a decline from MJ1’s opening tally.
This is the biggest global opening for Lionsgate as Mockingjay Part 2 is going to be playing on 33,000 screens in 87 territories around the world. (Part 1 opened on 18,000 screens in 85 territories) And in the locations it has been released in it has already earned $43M worldwide, making it the number 1 debut in 66 out of the 68 territories it was launched in.
Early estimates had the finale of the series scoring anywhere from $120M – $125M domestic opening weekend (Part 1 debuted with a $121.8 million opening), while adding in an additonal $165M-$185M from foreign markets for a global opening of $285M-$305M.
We’ll keep our eye on the box office and report back when we have more on the opening day numbers and Saturday/Sunday estimates.
Are you heading out to see Mockingjay Part 2 this weekend? Let us know in the comments!
Josh Hutcherson recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers where he talked about what it is like to live in a hotel with Woody Harrelson, The Rusted and growing up on screen. Check out the interview below.
With the release of Mockingjay Part 2, the entire fandom has been struggling to with the realization that this journey is coming to its end. Of course we aren’t the only ones who need each other to get through this. Liam Hemsworth posted the photo below to his Instagram account at the conclusion of the press tour for the film and franchise. Though we know that the core group will be friends forever, we also have a sense of loss that they will no longer be touring together to promote this series. Excuse us while we go curl up in a ball….
Sad this #MockingjayPart2 journey has come to an end. So thankful to have made such great friends and lucky to have met so many awesome fans. Love you guys and hope you enjoy the movie.