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‘Mockingjay, Part 1′ Opens With $123 Million

NEW YORK (AP) — “Mockingjay, Part 1″ didn’t locate glow like a prior installments of “The Hunger Games,” though it still had a biggest opening of a year with $123 million during a weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Lionsgate’s “Mockingjay” non-stop good next a $158 million entrance of final year’s “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and a $153 million opening of a 2012 original. But even with a $30-million-plus slip in a franchise, “Mockingjay” distant surpassed a prior tip weekend of a year: a $100 million entrance of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

The outcome done for some surprising ironies. The biggest opening of a year (and by a far-reaching margin) was seen by some as a disappointment. After initial box bureau profits of “Mockingjay” rolled in Friday suggested a weekend take next expectations, Lions Gate Entertainment’s batch dipped 5 percent.

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But a preference to separate a final book in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy into dual films was clearly remunerative for Lionsgate. “Mockingjay” did even improved overseas, where it done $152 million over a weekend, accounting altogether for a $275 million tellurian opening.

“It’s a biggest opening of a year, so it unequivocally illustrates a strength of a franchise,” pronounced David Spitz, conduct of placement for Lionsgate, observant a North American opening was a 15th best ever.

Spitz declined to answer questions about Wall Street’s greeting to a opening, or what a outcome might have been of bursting a third book in two.

“It speaks for itself,” Spitz pronounced of a result.

Dividing a book pushed most of a large play of “Mockingjay” to a second film, scheduled for recover in Nov 2015. On a same Nov weekend in 2010, “Harry Potter and a Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ — that likewise separate a series’ final book into dual — non-stop roughly equally with $125 million. A year later, a second “Deathly Hallows” film debuted bigger than all prior “Harry Potter” films with $169 million.

“A small viewpoint is in sequence here,” pronounced Paul Dergarabedian, comparison media researcher for box bureau tracker Rentrak. He called a “Mockingjay” formula still an startling feat.”

“I’m not disturbed about this franchise,” Dergarabedian said.

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The recover calendar done approach for “Mockingjay,” as no other new far-reaching releases strike theaters. In a third week of release, a Disney charcterised journey “Big Hero 6″ changed into second place with $20.1 million. Christopher Nolan’s space epic “Interstellar” came in third with $15.1 million, also in a third week.

Last week’s tip film, a long-in-coming supplement “Dumb and Dumber To,” slid considerably. The Universal comedy forsaken to fourth place with $13.8 million.

Estimated sheet sales for Friday by Sunday during U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, a latest general numbers are also included. Final domestic total will be expelled Monday.

1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” $123 million ($152 million international).

2. “Big Hero 6,” $20.1 million ($7 million international).

3. “Interstellar,” $15.1 million ($70 million international).

4. “Dumb and Dumber To,” $13.8 million ($6.5 million international).

5. “Gone Girl,” $2.8 million ($2.4 million international).

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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