The Box Office Was Not In Her Favor: 'Mockingjay - Part 2' Earns Lowest Debut For 'Hunger Games' Franchise


The odds may have been in Katniss Everdeen's favor, but the box office records were not.

The last installment in the "Hunger Games" series, "Mockingjay - Part 2," racked up $101 million during its opening weekend in theaters, according to a report. 

While the figure would be good news in the case of many movies, the fourth film marks the lowest debut among all the "Hunger Games" movies.

The debut film for the "Hunger Games" series earned $152.5 million, the highest earnings ever for a movie featuring a female lead.

Katniss would have been proud.

The second film, "Catching Fire," garnered $158.1 million in earnings. The film's budget is estimated to be at $160 million. Meanwhile, 2014's "Mockingjay - Part 1" received a slight dip, with $121.9 million during its opening. "Mockingjay - Part 2" was initially predicted to bring in at least $120 million, but the opening weekend numbers fell short of the target, to the dismay of production. This brings down the franchise by about 11 percent, compared to last year's "Mockingjay - Part 1."

Lionsgate opted to split Suzanne Collins' final book into two films, akin to the case of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight."

Though "Mockingjay - Part 2" didn't manage to make it to the predicted earnings, it still is one of only five films to debut above the $100-million mark. The film also received an A- CinemaScore and $247 million in global earnings. Criticwire gave the film a B, while Metacritic gave it a 65. With the figures for "Mockingjay - Part 2" already up, the franchise's worldwide records is now estimated at $2.55 billion.

"It's a great accomplishment. The overall franchise has grossed over $2 billion worldwide and counting," shared David Spitz, Lionsgate co-president of theatrical distribution. "It's a pretty phenomenal result."

Spitz remained unfazed by the dip in box office earnings.

"If we live in a world where a $100 million opening is a disappointment, that's pretty crazy," he said.

Completing the weekend's top five are "Spectre" at $14.6 million, "The Peanuts Movie" at $12.8 million, "The Night Before" at $10.1 million and "Secret In Their Eyes" at $6.6 million.

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