Mockingjay tops box-office
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - November 26, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - By almost any measure, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was a solid victor in the derby as it topped last weekend with a worldwide box-office of $275M.

Mockingjay handily beat the previous best opening of 2014, the $100M June debut of Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Its international haul of $152M from 85 foreign markets outdid that of Catching Fire.

“It was a tremendous weekend,” said David Spitz, EVP of distribution at Lionsgate. It was the 15th biggest opening of all time. No franchise has had the first three films open above $120M before.

Based on past performance, Mockingjay would be expected to continue its upward trajectory. Catching Fire topped out at about $440M in offshore box-office last year, well above 2012’s $286M for the first in the series. With Mockingjay split into a two-part franchise finale, the film topbilled by Jennifer Lawrence (photo) could follow in the footsteps of other divided conclusions. To wit: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 earned $664M overseas whereas Part 2 grossed about $960M; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 took about $430M internationally versus Part 2’s $537M.

In the latest installment, the story begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has just been rescued from the destruction of the Quarter Quell. She awakens in a shocking world she didn’t even know existed: The deep, dark underground of the supposedly annihilated District 13. She quickly learns of the devastating reality she must face: District 12 has been turned to rubble; and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is being held, manipulated and brainwashed by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in The Capitol. At the same time, Katniss’ eyes are opened to a secret rebellion rapidly spreading from District 13 throughout all of Panem — a rebellion that will place her at the center of a daring plot to hack into The Capitol and turn the tables on President Snow.

AGE OF EXTINCTION BREAKING DAWN PART CATCHING FIRE DAVID SPITZ DONALD SUTHERLAND HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PRESIDENT SNOW
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