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Hunger Games “Mockingjay Part 1” makes an only $123 Million Debut

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 became this year’s biggest opening yet. The movie topped the box office surpassing the $100 million dollar debut of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. However, even with its $123 million dollar debut, the franchise film fell short of the Lionsgate studio’s initial projection of $130 million and even less than other forecasters’ expectations of $150-$170 Million. This same weekend last year “The Hunger Games: “Catching Fire” opened to $161 million. In March of 2012, the first Hunger Games had a $155 million debut. The 22% decline in opening weekend ticket sales became a concern for Lionsgate who also took a 5% stock drop this past Friday.  This can be a serious concern for the studio since “Mockingjay Part 1” is the opening installment of the two-part finale of the franchise.  Although they hold the record of the biggest opening weekend for two years in a row it’s unclear whether box office sales will continue to favor “Mocking Jay- Part 1”.

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