Well, The Hunger Games was the big winner at the box office, but like a win at the Hunger Games themselves, Lionsgate is likely left with mixed feelings of victory, despair, and being fucking thrilled to be done with the Hunger Games. Mockingjay, Part 2 brought in just over $100 million over the weekend, and while that's nothing to sneeze at, it's a considerable dip from its predecessors and short of expectations.
The rest of the recent crop of "part two" finales have out-performed their immediate predecessors and ranked at or near the apex of their respective franchise's box office. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, for example, opened at $44 million more than Part 1 and became the biggest opening of the series, debuting to over $79 million more than the first chapter. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 likewise opened stronger than Part 1; it debuted at $141 million, well above the original chapter's $69 million.
Mockingjay, Part 2, on the other hand, fell $20 million short of Part 1's opening and over $50 million short of the original film. That's a dip from start to finish you don't usually see in a blockbuster franchise. That's more the decline you see as you attempt to stretch the Mannequin saga across two films.
Seth Rogen's The Night Before, meanwhile, opened in fourth, missing box office expectations and also missing expectations that Christmas stuff can at least wait until Thanksgiving weekend, right? At fifth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman showed that maybe it wasn't worth remaking a six-year-old Oscar winner.
Here's your weekend box office:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 - $101 million
2. Spectre - $14.6 million
3. The Peanuts Movie - $12.8 million
4. The Night Before - $10.1 million
5. The Secret in Their Eyes - $6.6 million
Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]