Tickets for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” went on sale Wednesday, and early projections are already indicating that the film will be the biggest box office success of 2014.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the third installment in the popular film franchise could open between $130 million and $160 million. That would be enough to beat the current 2014 box office record-holder, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which brought in $100 million during its opening weekend.
Although the film doesn’t open until Nov. 21, Fandango and MovieTickets.com offered advance tickets starting Wednesday. Deadline reports that both sites saw a huge demand for the film, based on Suzanne Collins' young adult novels, further hinting that it will be the biggest film of 2014.
MovieTickets.com told International Business Times via email that the sales have trumped any other movie of 2014 since going on sale just two days ago. Meanwhile, Fandango confirmed that “Mockingjay” tickets made up 80 percent of its daily traffic on Oct. 29, the day the advance tickets went on sale.
These numbers aren’t necessarily surprising as the second installment in the franchise, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” produced similar advance sales before its debut in 2013. At this point it looks like “Mockingjay, Part 1” could meet the same $158.2 million opening weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
According to the Wrap, "The Hunger Games" franchise has brought Lionsgate $1.5 billion thus far. The first film earned $408 million domestically and $691 million worldwide. "Catching Fire" raised the bar, taking in $424 million domestically and $864 million worldwide. After "Mockingjay" the franchise will have one more film to go, "Part 2," due out the same month next year.
“Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore.