Weekend box office: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soars

So the buzz today is that there’s a problem with the performance of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 because the threequel only made about $128 million at the weekend box office.  It’s sad that naysayers are claiming the sky is falling when a film brings in more than $120 million, but the fact is, many box office pundits predicted records for Mockingjay and as it turns out, it won’t even beat the other two films in the series.  So why is the film under-performing?  Well, our own critic loves the Hunger Games and even he had to admit that THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 (click the link to read our review) was a bit of a letdown.  I think most fans saw this coming since most us knew the film should have never been broken up into two parts.  It was a cash grab from Lionsgate and even though the film didn’t smash records, it still made a ton of cash, which probably means splitting the final chapter into two parts is here to stay.  I doubt Lionsgate cares too much while they’re rolling around in their money.

Next week is Thanksgiving and while most of us think THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 will keep the top spot, it will have some competition.  HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 should give it the biggest push, reuniting Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as guys unhappy with their bosses, or in this case, investors.  We also get the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, which should be fun for the kiddies.  Finally, we have THE IMITATION GAME, which should attract the Oscar-chasing crowd.  But in the end, I still think Mockingjay takes the weekend box office.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $128m

2. Big Hero 6 $20.5m

3. Interstellar $14.7m

4. Dumb and Dumber To $13.8m

5. Gone Girl $2.7m

6. Beyond the Lights $2.5m

7. St. Vincent $2.3m

8. Fury $1.8m

9. Birdman $1.7m

10. The Theory of Everything $1.4m

(Deadline)

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