Katniss Everdeen will take her final bow this weekend as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the final film in the Suzanne Collins literary franchise, opens in more than 4,000 theaters in North America with another 86 offshore markets for a global opening of $285M-$305M. That’s bound to be a higher worldwide weekend than Mockingjay – Part 1’s worldwide $276.2M a year ago. Broken out, that’s $120M estimated stateside with another $165M-$185M coming from foreign cash registers.
Abroad, the games begin on Wednesday with a total suite that includes the UK, Germany, Russia, Korea, Mexico, Brazil and, importantly, China in a rare day-and-date release. France is also in that mix, but we are in a holding pattern with regard to its potential as we wait to see how the market rebounds following Friday’s terror attacks in Paris. For fans in the U.S. and Canada, the doors will open at 7 PM Thursday. Last time, Katniss didn’t get any assistance from Imax, but this time around she will along with PLF ticket prices.
Still, this is the “single largest global launch,” Lionsgate executives said on a recent earnings call. The first three Hunger Games movies collectively made $2.3B worldwide.Have you bought your tickets yet? When are you planning to watch Mockingjay Part 2? Let us know in the comments and make sure to watch the film again and again while it's in theaters to help make these figures become a reality. After all, it has always been up to us. May the odds be ever in our favor.