The final installment of The Hunger Games has debuted atop the North American box office chart with a bumper $101 million take.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 easily takes out the competition to claim the number one spot, but its opening gross fell below expectations and marked a franchise low, down from the $121.9 million last year’s (14) Mockingjay – Part 1 earned during its first weekend on release, which itself fell short of the $158 million launch of the second movie in the franchise, Catching Fire, in 2013.
Globally, the fourth and final sequel, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as protagonist Katniss Everdeen, also failed to surpass Part 1’s $274.9 million opening haul, instead bowing with a $247 million gross.
Mockingjay – Part 2 has been deemed one of the scariest in the series, as stakes are very high for Jennifer’s character Katniss in the picture. In the flick, Katniss is charged with leading an army against President Snow as the war of Panem intensifies.
Meanwhile, back in the North American chart, James Bond movie Spectre slips to second place with $14.5 million after two weeks at the top, ahead of The Peanuts Movie at three with $12.8 million.
Seth Rogen’s festive comedy The Night Before debuts at four, ahead of another new entry, Julia Roberts thriller Secret in their Eyes, at five.
– Cover Media