With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
Just like its predecessors, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dominated during its opening weekend at the box office. However, it debuted with a franchise-low $101 million, and many are wondering if it will be dethroned already in its second weekend in theaters, going up against three new releases, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Warner Bros.' Creed and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein, all of which open tomorrow, November 25, in lieu of the Thanksgiving holiday. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 suffers a decrease of more than 50%, and the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com are accurate, than The Good Dinosaur will reign supreme this weekend.
Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which opens in roughly 3,600 theaters, is projected to take in $60 million, which should be more than enough to take down The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, as it will likely drop to second place with an estimated $50.4 million. The Good Dinosaur is already a hit with the nation's critics, earning an impressive 86% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is still faring well with critics, with a 71% Fresh rating, but its predecessors have all dropped more than 50% on their opening weekend, which isn't a surprise since blockbusters like this are normally front-loaded.Read More
Back in July 2012, Lionsgate confirmed that Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games novel will be split into a two-part movie. The decision, which came just months after The Hunger Games franchise launched, angered many fans of the books, and it seems that strategy may have backfired. Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the top spot at the box office with $101 million, the lowest opening weekend of all four movies.
The $101 million opening weekend is far lower than many box office projections, many of which predicted the franchise finale would earn around $120 million. The Hunger Games opened in 2012 with $152.5 million, followed by 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with a franchise-high $158 million, and last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $121.8 million. The franchise has taken in $2.2 billion worldwide since opening just three years ago, and while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 may be the end of Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) story, there have been rumors of spinoffs and other sequels that are being developed by Lionsgate.Read More
Suzanne Collins hasn't announced any plans for future Hunger Games novels or stories, and it isn't known if the author is involved with any of the prequel and sequel ideas Lionsgate is developing. Jennifer Lawrence told Yahoo! Movies UK that she likely wouldn't come back for any follow-ups, stating that the studio would get a "whole new cast of young hot teenagers." Do you think The Hunger Games franchise should be explored even more on the big screen?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was released November 20th, 2015.Read More
More than three years after the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise kicked off, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 brings this beloved story to a close, arriving in theaters this weekend. While we'll have to wait until Sunday to see how this epic finale fared at the box office, Deadline reports that it's already off to a good start, taking in $16 million during Thursday preview screenings. The tally is just $1 million shy of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's $17 million Thursday take from last year.
This $16 million figure brings The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2's worldwide total to $43 million. The finale is currently the #1 movie in 66 of the 68 global markets it's opened in, as it launches in 19 additional territories starting today. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is set to open in 4,175 North American movie theaters today, and over 33,000 theaters worldwide. Last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 pulled in $55.1 million on its opening day, en route to a $121.8 million opening weekend.Read More
The Hunger Games franchise comes to a dark and solemn conclusion with Mockingjay Part 2. I did not read the novel, so was genuinely surprised by the climax. The film is heavy on the melodrama and trudges through the first two acts. But it picks up speed and delivers an ending that packs a wallop. It is dialogue heavy, with a lot of emphasis placed on the burdensome romantic entanglement of the three leads. This was insufferable in the Twilight films, but is palatable here. It depends on your point of view. The growth of the characters as they fight the war is deep and meaningful. The teenage love affair appeals to certain audiences, who surely have their choice of hunky hero to win the heart of Katniss Everdeen. They won't be disappointed because there is a winner for the Mockingjay's affections.
Mockingjay Part 2 picks up directly from the first film. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is confined and slowly being deprogrammed. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has reached her limit of disgust with President Snow (Donald Sutherland). She tells President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) that she will do anything to end the war and kill Snow. As the districts unite against the capitol for a final assault, Katniss becomes uneasy at the merciless approach of Gale (Liam Hemsworth). She begins to question the tactics and motivation of Coin. Her personal demons paling in comparison to the deadly traps that Snow's games-makers have placed throughout the capitol.Read More