Mockingjay Scores Whale of a Win


While the numbers aren’t final yet, it looks as though Katniss Everdeen traded her bow for a harpoon this weekend and brought down a beast of a newcomer, leaving it to (ahem) blubber.

In a super-crowded box office competition (estimates suggest that just $1.2 million separated No. 1 from No. 4), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 earned $11.3 million to win its fourth straight box office crown. All told, Mockingjay 2 has collected about $244.5 million—enough to do a little redecorating in Katniss’ mansion, I’d imagine—and is 2015’s sixth-most popular movie (trailing Minions by about $90 million).

That all sounds impressive. And, of course, it is. But Mockingjay 2 lags well behind its franchise cohorts in terms of earnings. Maybe moviegoers, like the citizens of Panem, just got a little tired of all those Hunger Games after a while.

I wish people would get tired of our movie, is what the folks behind In the Heart of the Sea might be saying right now. Alas, not enough people saw it for that to happen. In the Heart of the Sea was beached on the treacherous multiplex shores this weekend, earning just $11 million for second place. I guess whaling movies just don’t have the appeal they used to. (Thanks a lot, Free Willy.)

Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur feels In the Heart of the Sea’s pain, suffering its own lackluster debut a couple of weeks ago. But the animated Dinosaur hasn’t gone extinct quite yet: It earned another $10.5 million, bringing its total haul to about $89.6 mil.

Creed, the well-regarded Rocky sequel, continues to fight inside the Top 5, earning a $10.1 million purse. Krampus, in its second weekend, finished at No. 5 with $8 million.

And this, my friends, will surely be the last time we’ll talk about a Hunger Games movie being at the top of the box office (unless, of course, Suzanne Collins starts writing more books). Say farewell to Katniss and Peeta and Gale. Bid adieu to President Snow and that foul-tempered cat. Next weekend comes a force not to be denied—a force rumbling through space like a gigantic Imperial cruiser.

Yes, that’s right: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is coming to town. Oh, and another little movie, too.

Final figures update: 1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, $11.4 million; 2. In the Heart of the Sea, $11.1 million; 3. The Good Dinosaur, $10.3 million; 4. Creed, $10.1 million; 5. Krampus, $8.4 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Kal El More than 1 year ago
Thankfully I finally got to see Mockingjay Pt 2 for myself tonight! Glad to see its been doing well.

Btw, we may not be totally saying goodbye just yet: Lionsgate has already revealed they are toying with spinoff and prequel possibilities. Now if only they'd do the same for The Twilight Saga...