Mockingjay Soars to $123M Debut*
*It's the biggest opening of 2014, worst for the franchise
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1."   (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
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(Newser) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay —Part 1 sent Transformers: The Age of Extinction's $100 million debut the way of the dodo, pulling down $123 million and the year's biggest opening, but utterly falling short of the franchise's two previous movies and the $145 million to $150 million expected, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Where Mockingjay outperformed: Abroad, where it captured $152 million, giving it a global total of $275 million. Splitting the book into two movies may not have helped Part 1, with critics complaining about its lack of action and a sense of being left waiting. Big Hero 6, meanwhile, pulled in a healthy $20.1 million for the No. 2 spot, while Interstellar ($15.1 million), Dumb and Dumber To ($13.8 million), and Gone Girl ($2.8 million) rounded out the top five.