Sunday, April 14, 2024

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Opens to Series Low at $101 Mil, Drags Lions Gate Stock Price


“The Hunger Games–Mockingjay Part 2” opened to a series low this weekend with $101 million. This is down 36% from the original film. It’s also way off from the numbers that were being suggested last week by LionsGate– up to $134 million.

What happened? Hubris. This film had good reviews. But there was little interest left in this enterprise to start with. The studio just left it up to the fans, and the fans were ambivalent. Still, LionsGate makes money from the whole thing. It’s just that they end on a down note.

For Jennifer Lawrence, it was a great pay day. And now she comes with David O. Russell’s “Joy,” which looks very very promising for Oscar season.

On Friday, Lions Gate stock ended down $1.20 or 3.31% at $35.02. That’s not too bad off its high for the last year, but we’ll see how it does on Monday based on this information.

Elsewhere, Oscar certain “Spotlight” and “Carol” each did very well over the weekend. Brad and Angelina’s “By the Sea” is now at $312,597 total.

DOA: “The Secret in their Eyes” starring Julia Roberts, with Nicole Kidman. It made $6,633,000 in wide release. DOA, VOD, etc. I could really get into a whole megillah about this, but why bother? It’s over.

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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