As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, easily grabbed the top spot at the box office this weekend. The race to first wasn’t exactly a close one, as Seth Rogen’s comedy The Night Before suffered a disappointing opening weekend. Most people assumed it would at least take second place, but instead it earned just over $10 million and settled into 4th place.
The Peanuts Movie came in third, and Spectre refused to go away in second place with $14.6 million.
Okay, we’re teasing you with all these numbers.
How much did The Hunger Games make? $101 million. Obviously, you can’t call a $100 million opening a failure, but you have to imagine it’s a little disappointing for Lionsgate. It was the lowest-grossing opening weekend in the series.
- The Hunger Games — $152 million
- Catching Fire — $158 million
- Mockingjay Part 1 — $121 million
- Mockingjay Part 2 — $101 million
As you can see, the numbers started dropping after Catching Fire. The ratings from critics also started dropping after the second film. The first two films scored ratings around 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. The latest films? 65% and 70%.
Does this mean they made a mistake by splitting up the final book? I don’t think so. They made more money by splitting it up, and it would have been difficult to jam every little detail into just one movie. The final film was always going to be the weakest because the final book was the weakest.
Why not squeeze out some extra cash?[mashshare]