“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” made a ridiculous amount of money this weekend. It didn’t hurt that it was the weekend’s only new wide release. The third installment of “The Hunger Games” film franchise opened with $123 million, crushing the $100 million opening weekend record for 2014 set by “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. Interestingly, however, that is significantly less than the previous two movies in the series opened with; last year’s “Catching Fire” debuted with $153 million. It could be because reviews for this movie haven’t been as favorable, or because people are holding out for the final film. This is, after all, only the first half of the grand finale, so it largely just serves the purpose of setting things up for Part 2. Still, it’s a strange thing to see such a decline in revenue in what has been such a popular series.
Meanwhile, last weekend’s number one movie, “Dumb and Dumber To”, dropped all the way down to fourth with $13.8 million, likely due to poor word of mouth. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” remained in second with $20 million. “The Theory of Everything”, a biopic about Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane, expanded to around 100 theaters this weekend, boosting it into tenth in its third week of release with $1.5 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”: $123 million
2. “Big Hero 6”: $20 million
3. “Interstellar”: $15.1 million
4. “Dumb and Dumber To”: $13.8 million
5. “Gone Girl”: $2.8 million
6. “Beyond the Lights”: $2.6 million
7. “St. Vincent”: $2.3 million
8. “Fury”: $1.9 million
9. “Birdman”: $1.8 million
10. “The Theory of Everything”: $1.5 million
11. “Nightcrawler”: $1.2 million
12. “Ouija”: $952,000
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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