|Mar 23, 2012||The Hunger Games||$80,000,000||$152,535,747||$408,010,692||$677,923,379||Play|
|Nov 22, 2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||$130,000,000||$158,074,286||$424,668,047||$864,868,047||Play|
|Nov 21, 2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||$125,000,000||$121,897,634||$337,135,885||$709,635,885||Play|
|Nov 20, 2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2||$160,000,000||$102,665,981||$146,762,341||$292,762,341||Play|
Box Office History for Hunger Games Movies
|Aug 18, 2012||The Hunger Games||$150,468,246||$67,419,052||$217,887,298|
|Mar 7, 2014||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||$59,839,524||$57,302,027||$117,141,551|
|Feb 17, 2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||$26,067,154||$40,065,569||$66,132,723|
November 25th, 2015
It appears The Good Dinosaur will win the box office race this weekend with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 being pushed into second place. Creed should have the best opening weekend of the franchise. Meanwhile, Victor Frankenstein is just hoping for a spot in the top five. I don't think it will get there. Both new releases from last year failed to meet expectations, so that gives 2015 a real shot at coming out on top of the year-over-year comparison.
November 24th, 2015
The Curse of the High Expectations strikes again. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 became the fifth film of the year to open with more than $100 million. This should be a reason to celebrate, but it marks a very steep decline from previous films in the Hunger Games franchise. The other two wide releases, The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes, both failed to meet expectations, leaving the overall box office softer than anticipated. Granted, it still grew 60% from last weekend to $173 million, but this is 10% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2015 is still ahead of 2014 by a comfortable margin of 3.6% or $320 million. It would take a sizable collapse for 2015 to not come out on top in terms of raw box office dollars. On the other hand, it wouldn't take too much for it to slip below ticket price inflation, which is about 2% this year.
November 22nd, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 is about to record the most disappointing $100 million weekend ever, based on Sunday’s estimate from Lionsgate. Why disappointing? Because its $101.025 million projected opening follows the $158 million earned by Catching Fire on this weekend in 2013 (then the sixth-biggest weekend ever), and the $122 million debut of Mockingjay—Part 1 this weekend last year. That marks a decline of 20% or so from one installment of the franchise to the next, which is the worst performance of any franchise to have recorded a $100 million start. Global numbers tell a similar story: $247 million this weekend against Part 1’s $275 million. However, once we get that troubling statistic out the way, this is also a reason for celebration: $100 million domestically and $250 million globally in one weekend is still a huge amount of money, and caps a spectacularly successful franchise for Lionsgate.
November 21st, 2015
There’s good news / bad news for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2’s Friday box office. On the positive side, it is dominating in theaters with $46 million on Friday, which is more than any other film will earn during the entire weekend. It might be more than the combined weekend hauls of the rest of the top five, in fact. On the down side, this is below expectations and puts the film on pace for about $104 million for the weekend as a whole. Granted, this is still the best opening since Jurassic World and the fifth-best opening of the year, but it is well behind Part 1, which pulled in $55 million on its opening day, so some will call this a disappointment. It is the curse of high expectations.
November 20th, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 got off to a $16 million start last night. That is the best "midnight" preview we've seen since Jurassic World earned $18.5 million this summer. However, it is a little lower than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1's figure of $17 million. Does this mean Part 2 is going to open on the low end of expectations? It's too soon to tell. Previews are not very predictive of box office success, especially when the numbers are this close. Obviously bigger would be better, but there's no reason to panic just yet.
November 20th, 2015
It should be a very busy weekend, at least at the top, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is nearly guaranteed to dominate the box office and many think it will top $100 million over the weekend. On the other hand, the other two releases are The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes, neither of which is expected to do particularly well. That said, they would have to truly bomb to not at least make the top five, but I doubt either of them will top Spectre over the weekend. This weekend last year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 opened with just over $120 million. That is the figure Part 2 will need to match to be considered a success. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic, but not everyone is.
November 1st, 2015
October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office.
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
April 7th, 2015
Just as it was on the Blu-ray Sales Chart, there was a tight race for top spot in the DVD sales chart, only the combatants weren't entirely the same. Exodus: Gods and Kings topped Annie in terms of units at 226,000 units to 202,000 units, but the pair finished in the opposite order in terms of revenue with $3.59 million to $3.38 million.
March 3rd, 2015
This is not a great week for new releases on the home market. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is by far the biggest new title and its DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack is going to sell a ton of units. However, its reviews are not up to the level required to make it our Pick of the Week. Conversely, Foxcatcher is award-worthy, but the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack doesn't have enough extras to be a Pick of the Week. It seemed like every choice for Pick of the Week wasn't quite up to the level needed, so I'm going to go outside the box and pick To Write Love On Her Arms on DVD, which is a film I've been waiting to see for about three years.
March 1st, 2015
February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month.
December 4th, 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 remained in first place with $67.0 million in 86 markets for a two-week total of $254.6 million. Its worldwide total rose to $480.3 million. I would be surprised if the film hasn't already broken even, even though it will have the lowest box office in the franchise. The film remained in first place in Australia with $7.52 million on 574 screens over the weekend for a total of $22.69 million after two weeks of release. It was pushed into second place in the U.K., but still pulled in $7.69 million in 569 theaters for a two-week total of $33.32 million.
November 27th, 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 opened in first place on the international chart with $154.3 million in 85 markets for a worldwide opening of $276.2 million. Its international opening was about 4% higher than the previously entry in the franchise. The film managed $19.8 million in the U.K. and $13.8 million in Germany. This was 5% and 9% higher than the previous film's debut in those two markets. Mockingjay, Part 1 opened 19% higher in Russia with $11.9 million. The film also topped $10 million in Mexico ($12 million) and Australia ($10.3 million).
November 24th, 2014
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 earned first place with ease pulling in more than the rest of the box office combined. On the downside, it was well below the optimistic expectations at just $121.90 million. ... It seems strange that an opening of $121.90 million is considered disappointing. Worse still, none of the other films in the top five topped predictions, so they couldn't help mitigate Mockingjay, Part 1's softer than anticipated opening. The overall box office still rose 38% from last weekend to $194 million, but this was 14% lower than the same weekend last year. There's really no way to spin that in a positive manner. Year-to-date, 2014 has earned $8.94 billion, which is 3.2% or $290 million lower than last year's pace. Again, it is hard to spin that number in a positive way.
November 20th, 2014
There is only one wide release coming out this weekend, but it is the biggest release of the year. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 should have no trouble earning the biggest opening weekend of the year so far and it shouldn't take very long before it surpasses Guardians of the Galaxy for number one film of the year. As for the rest of the box office, there's not a lot to look forward to. Dumb and Dumber To will likely take a serious hit, while Big Hero 6 should overtake it over the weekend. This weekend last year, Catching Fire led the way with $158.07 million, which could be more than the entire box office earns this year. Hopefully that won't be the case, but I don't see how 2014 comes out ahead on the year-over-year comparison.
October 31st, 2014
October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
August 22nd, 2014
Divergent is one of the latest Young Adult adaptations to hit theaters. These films usually fall under one of two sub-genres: Dystopian Future and Fantasy Romance. (There are also a growing number of Dying Girl movies, like The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay.) This film is part of the Dystopian Future genre and will inevitably be compared to Hunger Games. How is it compared that franchise? Does it work on its own?
August 4th, 2014
The first weekend of August isn't a bad weekend, at least in terms of box office numbers. Divergent earned $150 million domestically, but wasn't able to win over critics. The only wide release coming out this week that earned good reviews was Oculus, but its reviews were much better than its box office numbers were. It is certainly worth picking up, but not a Pick of the Week contender. For that honor, we have two choices. Firstly, there's Phantom Of The Paradise - Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Combo Pack, which is a cult hit that turns 40 years old this year. Then there is The Legend of Korra - Book Two: Spirits, which may or may not be coming out on DVD or Blu-ray this week. It was a close call, but in the end I went with The Legend of Korra.
August 1st, 2014
July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office.
March 20th, 2014
Another week, another pair of wide releases. That's becoming a common thing to say. It is also a good thing to say, because too many movies tend to hurt all films involved and it is much better to have one big release and the counter-programing film. This week the big release is Divergent, which the studio is hoping will be the start of a new franchise. The box office tracking for the film looks good, even if the reviews do not. The counter-programing this week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is also opening with a saturation level theater count and it looks to do as well as The Muppets did. Last year there was also a strong one-two punch with The Croods topping Olympus has Fallen $43.64 million to $30.37 million. I'm not sure that Muppets Most Wanted will hold up its end of the bargain, but Divergent is poised for an opening of at least $50 million. It looks likes 2014 will again win over 2013.
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
January 7th, 2014
The box office wasn't as boisterous as anticipated and this is partially due to the seasonal storm that hit the east coast. This is also partially due to weaker than expected numbers for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which only managed second place in its debut. This allowed Frozen to return to top spot on the chart, even though it was a little weaker than expected. The overall box office fell 27% from last weekend down to $141 million. Compared to last year, the box office was down 4%, which isn't a good result, but it is also not terrible. Had The Marked Ones merely matched expectations, it would have been a virtual tie.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Jennifer Lawrence||4||Katniss Everdeen||$2,545,189,652||$4,213,366,781||60.4%|
|Josh Hutcherson||4||Peeta Mellark||$2,545,189,652||$4,416,921,666||57.6%|
|Liam Hemsworth||4||Gale Hawthorne||$2,545,189,652||$2,884,554,171||88.2%|
|Woody Harrelson||4||Haymitch Abernathy||$2,545,189,652||$5,983,990,306||42.5%|
|Elizabeth Banks||4||Effie Trinket||$2,545,189,652||$7,465,197,053||34.1%|
|Stanley Tucci||4||Caesar Flickerman||$2,545,189,652||$7,615,491,347||33.4%|
|Donald Sutherland||4||President Snow||$2,545,189,652||$5,213,903,751||48.8%|
|Willow Shields||4||Primrose Everdeen||$2,545,189,652||$2,545,189,652||100.0%|
|Paula Malcomson||4||Katniss' Mother||$2,545,189,652||$2,547,609,321||99.9%|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||3||Plutarch Heavensbee||$1,867,266,273||$4,675,967,356||39.9%|
|Sam Claflin||3||Finnick Odair||$1,867,266,273||$3,328,073,484||56.1%|
|Jena Malone||3||Johanna Mason||$1,867,266,273||$2,755,304,103||67.8%|
|Stef Dawson||3||Annie Cresta||$1,867,266,273||$1,867,266,273||100.0%|
|Julianne Moore||2||President Coin||$1,002,398,226||$4,250,337,803||23.6%|
|Sandra Lafferty||2||Hob Vendor||$1,542,791,426||$1,542,791,426||100.0%|
|Patina Miller||2||Commander Paylor||$1,002,398,226||$1,002,398,226||100.0%|
|Toby Jones||2||Claudius Templesmith||$1,542,791,426||$5,968,855,196||25.8%|
|Erika Bierman||2||Snow's Granddaughter||$1,574,503,932||$1,715,711,942||91.8%|
|Judd Lormand||2||Peacekeeper #3||$1,542,791,426||$1,752,572,455||88.0%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Nina Jacobson||4||Producer (4)||$2,545,189,652||$2,755,283,233||92.4%|
|Jon Kilik||4||Producer (4)||$2,545,189,652||$3,223,133,760||79.0%|
Executive Producer (4)
Story Creator (4)
|Philip Messina||4||Production Designer (4)||$2,545,189,652||$3,670,651,722||69.3%|
|Larry Dias||4||Set Decorator (4)||$2,545,189,652||$4,854,998,724||52.4%|
Art Director (2)
Set Designer (2)
|Ve Neill||4||Makeup Designer and Department Head (4)||$2,545,189,652||$4,599,285,752||55.3%|
|Francis Lawrence||3||Director (3)||$1,867,266,273||$2,790,728,166||66.9%|
|Allison Shearmur||3||Executive Producer (3)||$1,867,266,273||$2,482,469,829||75.2%|
|James Newton Howard||3||Composer (3)||$1,680,321,605||$15,750,520,329||10.7%|
|Debra Zane||3||Casting (3)||$1,680,321,605||$10,794,458,734||15.6%|
Associate Editor (2)
Post-Production Supervisor (2)
Production Supervisor (1)
Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Re-recording Mixer (3)
|Jim Hewitt||3||Set Designer (3)||$1,867,266,273||$1,867,266,273||100.0%|
Sound Designer (2)
Re-recording Mixer (1)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
|Easton Smith||3||Set Designer (3)||$1,867,266,273||$8,602,780,128||21.7%|
|Sam Hargrave||3||Stunt Coordinator (3)||$1,867,266,273||$1,931,743,324||96.7%|
|Danny Strong||2||Screenwriter (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,179,423,724||85.0%|
|Peter Craig||2||Screenwriter (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,154,965,107||86.8%|
|Jo Willems||2||Director of Photography (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,265,990,846||79.2%|
|Alan Edward Bell||2||Editor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$2,005,845,495||50.0%|
|Mark Yoshikawa||2||Editor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,090,889,015||91.9%|
|Joe Drake||2||Executive Producer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$2,007,956,243||49.9%|
|Kurt and Bart||2||Costume Designer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,067,391,778||93.9%|
Executive Producer (2)
Unit Production Manager (1)
Executive Producer (2)
Unit Production Manager (2)
Visual Effects Supervisor (2)
Second Unit Director (1)
|Bryan Unkeless||2||Co-Producer (2)||$1,542,791,426||$1,542,791,426||100.0%|
|Donna Sloan||2||Executive in Charge of Production (2)||$1,157,630,388||$1,416,936,639||81.7%|
|Aldric La'auli Porter||2||
First Assistant Director (2)
|John Saunders||2||Second Assistant Director (2)||$1,542,791,426||$1,688,808,214||91.4%|
|Mika Saito||2||Production Supervisor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,002,398,226||100.0%|
|Cameron MacConomy||2||Associate Producer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,002,398,226||100.0%|
|Dan Webster||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$1,002,398,226||$3,376,270,120||29.7%|
|Andrew Max Cahn||2||Art Director (2)||$1,002,398,226||$2,684,557,847||37.3%|
|Priscilla Elliott||2||Art Director (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,061,419,386||94.4%|
|John Collins||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$1,542,791,426||$1,896,671,044||81.3%|
|Lauren Polizzi||2||Art Director (2)||$1,002,398,226||$3,696,902,893||27.1%|
Stunt Coordinator (2)
Second Unit Director (1)
|Lauren Clark Carroll||2||First Assistant Editor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,002,398,226||100.0%|
|Lara Khachooni||2||Assistant Editor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,002,398,226||100.0%|
|Linda Flowers||2||Hair Designer and Department Head (2)||$1,542,791,426||$4,005,003,678||38.5%|
|Madelaine Jereczek||2||Assistant Editor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,103,054,019||90.9%|
Apprentice Editor (1)
Assistant Editor (1)
|Mark Weingarten||2||Sound Mixer (2)||$1,542,791,426||$2,907,691,553||53.1%|
|George R. Lee||2||Set Designer (2)||$1,542,791,426||$2,719,417,390||56.7%|
|Robby Baumgartner||2||Second Unit Camera (2)||$1,542,791,426||$1,543,171,861||100.0%|
|Walter Garcia||2||Visual Effects Producer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,520,685,829||65.9%|
|Ana Maria Quintana||2||Script Supervisor (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,015,217,727||98.7%|
|Jose Antonio Garcia||2||Sound Mixer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$5,999,794,968||16.7%|
|Karl Martin||2||Set Designer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,086,419,107||92.3%|
|Jim Tocci||2||Set Designer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,177,209,041||85.2%|
|Ernie Avila||2||Set Designer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$3,312,043,635||30.3%|
|Al Hobbs||2||Set Designer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$3,215,463,584||31.2%|
|George Lee-McDonnell||2||Set Designer (2)||$1,002,398,226||$2,671,542,142||37.5%|
|Nikoletta Skarlatos||2||Make up (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,225,556,499||81.8%|
|Conor McCullagh||2||Make up (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,215,285,777||82.5%|
|Camille Friend||2||Hairstylist (2)||$1,002,398,226||$2,047,372,802||49.0%|
|Kim Santantonio||2||Hairstylist (2)||$1,002,398,226||$2,321,426,829||43.2%|
|Barbara Cantu||2||Hairstylist (2)||$1,002,398,226||$1,002,398,226||100.0%|
|R.A. Rondell||2||Supervising Stunt Coordinator (2)||$1,002,398,226||$5,159,906,314||19.4%|