Hunger Games Scores $101M— Still Falls Short
Its final opening is weakest yet for the franchise
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2015 11:39 AM CST
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Clafin as Finnick Odair, Evan Ross as Messalia, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."   (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)
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(Newser) – Sometimes even when you're winning, you're losing. Such is the case of the final installment of the Hunger Games, which kicked aside James Bond and handily won this weekend's box office in its hefty $101 million debut—yet, as USA Today notes, Mockingjay—Part 2 managed to come in dead last in comparison to the franchise's openings. (Last year's Part 1 grossed $122 million, while the first two movies were in the $150 million-plus range.) Spectre slipped to a distant No. 2 with $14.6 million, while The Peanuts Movie scored $12.8 million. Seth Rogen and Co. eked out $10.1 million with The Night Before, while the star-studded Secret in Their Eyes pulled in only $6.6 million in fourth and fifth place, respectively.