Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay” Still Number 1, But 25% Behind “Catching Fire”


Katniss and friends are still kicking ass at number 1, but not as much as they did last year. “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” has a robust $168 million in the bank so far domestically. On Thanksgiving the third film in the series of four made $11 million– way more than anything else playing in a movie theater.

But by day 7 last year, “Catching Fire” was already at $222 million. The new movie is 25% off the pace of the last one, and the gap is widening. Still, no one associated with “The Hunger Games” is going hungry, or losing sleep, or worrying about their water bill. They’re just quietly preparing for next year’s finale and a hopeful return to form.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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