'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Wins Weekend Box Office But Hit With Franchise Low Numbers

10:58 PM EST 11/23/2014 by Tam Woods, Celebeat Reporter

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It comes as no surprise that the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has won the box office this weekend for U.S. theaters. The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, brought in $123 million.

That total makes it the biggest opening weekend for a box office movie this year. However, the was the lowest total for a Hunger Games franchise premiere with The Hunger Games opening with $152.5 in March of 2012 and Catching Fire opening to $158 million on the same weekend last year, according to THR. With international sales included, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 still brought $152 million total. 

Rounding out the top five movies at the U.S. box office this weekend were: Big Hero 6 at number 2 with $20.1 million. Interstellar, in its third week at the box office, took in $15 million. No.4 was Dumb and Dumber To, bringing in $13.8 million and No. 5 with Gone Girl, which has now made a total of $156 million domestically.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Have you made it out to the theaters to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 yet?

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