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.
If you're going to blame someone, blame the terrorists. And if that doesn't work, blame Star Wars. That's Lionsgate's position this weekend as it tries to explain why franchise closer The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 underperformed to expectations at the box office. During a conference call this past Saturday morning, Lionsgate execs agreed that Mockingjay Part 2 did underperform by at least $100M. But they also claim that their TV division helped make up for the loss.
The conference call kicked off with Lionsgate executives announcing that they are increasing their 2017 release slate. Next year, they will bump up their output to four additional movies, from 13 to 17 feature films that will get a wide release. They also confirmed that they are aiming for overall lower film costs. The studio plans to focus on 'discipline production spends and a diverse portfolio'. While this was seen as good news by most, the underperformance of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 loomed large throughout the meeting, and how this loss affected the final quarter of 2015.Read More
The actress could have a point, since Mockingjay Part 2 didn't quite meet expectations. Back in July 2012, just months after the first Hunger Games debuted in blockbuster fashion, Lionsgate confirmed that the third novel in Suzanne Collins' trilogy would be split into a two-part movie. That strategy didn't exactly pay off the way the studio had hoped, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opening to a franchise-low $102.6 million last month, taking in $227.3 million in three weeks. While the final installment is on pace to be the lowest-grossing movie in the lucrative franchise, the numbers are still high enough for the studio to be prepping Hunger Games prequels.
Michael Burns said that many fans missed the actual Hunger Games themselves from the first two movies, which were the highest-grossing in the franchise, so developing prequels would be an easy way to bring the story back into the arena. However last month, Francis Lawrence, who directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, said he isn't sure fans would want to see these deadly games unfold again, especially since they will have already known the outcome. The filmmaker did add that he would come back for another sequel, but only if Suzanne Collins was involved in creating a story that continued the franchise in some way.Read More
The box office has been dominated by Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 over the past four weekends, with newcomers like Krampus and last weekend's In the Heart of the Sea failing to take down this franchise finale. This weekend, there are three new movies hitting theaters, but all eyes will be on just one, Disney's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is expected to break box office records. Universal's Sisters and 20th Century Fox's Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip are sharing their debut with this behemoth, but according to the box office projections from Pro.BoxOffice.com, they naturally won't come close to this new Star Wars adventure.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which held its world premiere in Hollywood last night, is projected to take in a whopping $223 million in its first weekend. If this projection is accurate, it will be more than enough to break the all time record for largest opening weekend, set earlier this year by Jurassic World with $208.8 million. Earlier projections put Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $300 million for its first weekend in theaters, and it has already set a record for highest advance ticket sales, with over $50 million in tickets sold. That record was set last month, breaking The Dark Knight Rises' record of $25 million. That $50 million tally has surely gotten bigger since then, but we don't have any updated figures as of yet. Pro.BoxOffice.com is also projecting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will earn $790 million during its domestic box office run, which is more than enough to break Avatar's all time record of $760.5 million. It's also completely possible that Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks Avatar's global record of $2.7 billion as well, but we'll have to wait and see.Read More
With just one week left before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, this weekend was expected to be less than impressive. Warner Bros.' In the Heart of the Sea is the only new wide release, with most projections predicting it would make enough to unseat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which has won at the box office for three weeks in a row. Box Office Mojo reports that In the Heart of the Sea couldn't quite overtake The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which won for the fourth weekend in a row with $11.3 million, just above In the Heart of the Sea's second place take with $11 million.
In the weekend before blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World opened, the box office saw a significant downturn, as fans got ready for those highly-anticipated movies to hit theaters. It's no surprise that this weekend will not be any different, since Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to be one of the biggest movies this year. Last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens already broke a box office record by taking in $50 million in advance ticket sales, shattering the record of $25 million by 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. There was speculation that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could reach upwards of $100 million in pre-sales before opening day, but no updated figures have been released.Read More