On the first day of its release, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 reportedly brought in $55m. This is according to early estimates from the studio, and does include the late-night Thursday screenings.
It is a movie that many have been waiting for. Trailers and teasers were shared throughout the year to get people in the mood for the third instalment in The Hunger Games franchise. Some of those were teaser posters, but there were a number of propaganda videos designed to pull people into the universe created by Suzanna Collins.
Movie theaters across the nations were packed for the showing of the movie. That meant 4,141 screens were packed just in the opening weekend. The total amount raised in one day has beaten the record set for the year by Transformers: Age of Extinction, which made more than $41.9m on the first day.
It has certainly proven to be a popular franchise. This is a common setting with movies that are based on the books. Twilight and Harry Potter both proved to be popular options for people in the movie theaters. The first two instalments of released in 2012 and 2013 made over $150 during their opening weekends, and analysts will be seeing if the third movie will make that. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 can bring in $55m on its first day, it is expected that it will reach at least the $150m mark.
This is all good news for next year. The book series was originally a trilogy, but the producers decided to split the last book into two movies. It is a common occurrence now, with people claiming that it is to get more money out of the franchise. However, it works for a number of books since they get longer as they get towards the end. Mockingjay Part 2 is scheduled for release in November 2015 and has already been filmed. It is hoped that it will do just as well as its previous instalments.
When looking at the international figures, the movie has gained $67.5m This includes the $8,2 million gained in the U.K. and Russia’s $5m. The Australians have grossed $4.6m in two days, and made it the number one movie to watch.
Those who have watched the movie say that it is the best so far. It is also the grimmest of the three The Hunger Games movies. Jennifer Lawrence does not get to smile much, but when has she within the series. It is full of action, heartbreak and anguish. There are boring elements, but the ending certainly gets everyone ready for the final instalment next year.
One thing that the movie manages to bring across is the post-traumatic stress that Katniss is feeling. It is something that the books tried, but being in the first person made it difficult. It is difficult for people to tell themselves that they are struggling with this, and get all the feelings across that are going through their mind. It is certainly a movie that people have been waiting for, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has reportedly successfully brought in $55m on its first day.
By Alexandria Ingham