HOLLYWOOD, California – The Hunger Games franchise proves that it still has what it takes to take the top spot in the box office this weekend. On it’s 2nd weekend in the theaters it managed to bring in more money than the new releases, which included Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar. Coming in just shy of $57 million total for the weekend, Mockingjay – Part 1 set an impressive pace. It even managed to outsell the 2nd and 3rd place movies combined.
Mockingjay – Part 1 Beats New Box Office Releases In 2nd Weekend
The thanksgiving weekend was apparently kind to the movie theaters. Most movies did well, and even the two major new releases did alright. Penguins of Madagascar did about as well as it was expected to do, and Horrible Bosses 2 only did slightly worse. Critics had wholly expected for The Hunger Games 3rd movie was still expected to stay on top, based partly on the performance of its previous titles.
Taking the queues from the wildly successful Twilight franchise, Mockingjay – Part 1 split the book into two movies. Part of that reason is that it allows the screenwriters to include more of the in depth content from the book, and the other part is that it allows the motion picture company to stretch their earnings for each of the books over a longer period of time. Considering that even Lord of the Rings did not need to separate books into multiple movies, it may just be to milk the public for all they are worth.
Fans of the books seem to be enjoying the more in-depth screenplay anyways, so we will just let the situation be what it is. These movies deliver tons of thrill, they excite the imagination, and they inspire young men and women. Basically, they do exactly what the books were meant to do, but in a more easily digestible format for the masses. The rebellious nature of the main characters fits in well with the counter-culture typical of most teenagers when they are coming of age. Mixing in a few romantic tensions also compliments the awkwardness of most teenagers who are just beginning to explore their curiosities of the opposite gender.
Mockingjay – Part 1 Beats New Box Office Releases In 2nd Weekend.