‘Mockingjay pt 2’ creeps over $100 million to dominate box office

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There were three movies that were set to come out this weekend, but it was really one movie that was on everybody’s minds. The final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay part 2, had a lot of expectations this weekend, but was unable to reach that high standard that was set by the previous three movies. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t by the end of its run.

Mockingjay part 2 premiered over the $100 million mark, which is only the 5th movie to do that this year, with an estimated $101 million. The $101 million opening is the lowest of the series, even though it had the highest expectations. It also holds the lowest approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes for the series at 71% and it makes you start to wonder if the movie is not going to live up to the expectations.

The other two new movies to come out this week are the new Christmas movie with Seth Rogen called The Night Before called $10.1 million and The Secret in their Eyes with an estimated $6.6 million. These two movies did what they could to give Mockingjay part 2 a run for it’s money, but were unable to do so.

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Spectre falls from the top spot, but brings in an estimated $14.6 million. With everyone flooding to the movies to see Mockingjay, there is a dramatic drop for the third week. While James Bond is a household name, the movie is having a hard time making money. It’s not likely that it will reach its $245 million budget. The Peanuts Movie brought in an estimated $12.8 million over the weekend and should cross over the $100 million mark this week. For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

Mockingjay part 2 has some competition this week as Disney’s latest movie The Good Dinosaur is set to come out on Thanksgiving. Even if Mockingjay does win this week, it will be short lived as the new Star Wars movie is set to come out at the beginning of December.

What movie did you see this weekend?


Review: ‘Mockingjay pt 2’ – Katniss prepares the rebels for the final battle with Snow


The time is finally upon where we get to see the finale of the world-wide phenomenon The Hunger Games. Mockingjay Part 2 has promised to tie up all the loose ends that the series has created and give us a feeling of peace as the war between Katniss and Snow takes head. There is a final battle between what is right and wrong as we get to see who the real people are of these characters that we have come to known.

There is no right or wrong way to begin this review. As a fan of the book, it’s hard to separate the feelings of what you expect and what actually shows up on the screen. Of course, there are going to be differences. It’s hard to make an adaptation and have every single thing from the book in it. With the final book being split into two movies, they had the luxury of time to really tell the ending of the story. Like with Harry Potter, it was a good decision.

The final movie, while it focused a lot on the war, also showed the ugly side of it. Countless lives are lost, both those of the war and innocent ones. As Katniss gets knee deep into the war, she finds that she sees the true character of those around her and it makes her question everything that she knows. It is time of turmoil that people’s true colors appear.

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The story takes center stage, as it should. It touches on a lot of issues that we have in our world today. This movie once again proves just why it should be watched and understood fully. Yes, it has its moments of ‘cinematic adventure’ but don’t let that overshadow the point of the story. It’s meant to make us see how self-destructive we can be towards each other and the kind of disastrous world it can be with war. It’s imperative now more than ever to take the theme of this movie to heart and really embrace it.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson once again step up their games in this movie. By far, it was Hutcherson’s best acting in a movie I have ever seen. We got to see the character of Peeta transform from that caring, sweet, beautiful soul into a broken shamble mess. What makes it so perfect is that it’s not over the top. It’s the right kind of torment that we see in the book and your heart breaks as he tries to figure out who he is. Lawrence of course, is flawless as Katniss. It is a role she was born to play and once again proves why she was the perfect cast for the movie.

There were other glimmer spotlights for a lot of the other actors in the film. Sam Claflin had a very heartbreaking scene in the movie as Finnick and Jena Malone steals the few scenes that she is in. Donald Sutherland, like Lawrence, proves why he is a perfect cast as Snow and becomes that villain that we all hate.

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Director Francis Lawrence outdoes himself in this movie with the CGI and graphics. Of course this movie has all those amazing things, but Lawrence does a great job at mixing the backstory in with what’s going on right now. He is able to give the story a full circle feel. You get to see the story from all angles and there is no emphasis one part of the story over the other. He uses images to show the story instead of just words, even though author Suzanne Collins’s words are beautiful.

You would be hard-pressed to find a series that is as powerful as this one is. This one isn’t just about the entertainment of things blowing up, but more about the story. The movie is far beyond just a story of a young girl volunteering to save her sister, but more about standing up for what’s right and never accepting anything less.

Mockingjay Part 2 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, and Elden Henson and is rated PG-13. You can view the movie in IMAX theaters and regular theaters everywhere.

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Two new clips for ‘Mockingjay pt 2’ have been released

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With the final movie in the world wide phenomenon, Mockingjay pt 2, set to come out in about two weeks, we are starting to get new footage from the movie in preparation. The promotion tour is officially under way as the movie begins its release tour and two new clips have been released on the movie’s YouTube page to help hold fans over (or make them more anxious).

In the first clip, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is talking with Johanna (Jena Malone) about how she is ready for action. Johanna, of course, has been ready to go back to war ever since she got saved from the Capital and got to District 13. Now that she has her energy, she’s even more prepared.

In the second clip, it’s a lot softer as Katniss and Peeta are talking about what they did to him. If you’ve read the book, you know how important this scene is to their relationship and there are very subtle hints to what it’s like now that he’s back. Peeta explains how they turned his memories of her against him and got him to want to kill her. We get that first glimpse of the ‘Real, not real’ game they created and it’s pretty much a word for word adaptation from the book. Fans of the world rejoice to this news.

All the images and footage we have seen from the movie have shown that it’s very much going to be a final battle between Katniss and Snow (Donald Sutherland). What Francis Lawrence has been able to do is keep to the heart of the story while enticing them to keep coming back from more. We all know (whether or not you have read the books) that this movie is going to be a powerful one that you are going to be talking about for days and hopefully it will make splitting the final book into two parts worth it.

The tickets for the final movie are already on sale and are expected to sell out at many theaters. The series has already made $1.1 billion worldwide and is expected to set new records when it comes out later this month. If it didn’t have to compete against the new Star Wars movie, it would likely have been the movie of the year.

Mockingjay pt 2 stars Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Hutcherson, Malone, and Sutherland and is set to come out November 20th with a special 8pm showing on November 19th at select theaters.

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‘The Star Squad’ prepare for battle in first ‘Mockingjay pt 2’ clip

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The first official clip from the upcoming film from Mockingjay pt 2 has been released. This is the same clip that was given in advance to the people who bought their tickets in the first 24 hours of them going on sale. Fandango had set up the launch and sent out the clip. Entertainment Weekly helped with the launch while also releasing twelve stills from the movie that will be featured in this week’s edition of the magazine.

The rest of the world got to see the clip earlier today when it was released on the movie’s YouTube page, along with the social media websites. In the clip, we see Finnick return early from his honeymoon to help Katniss, Gale, and the rest of the rebels prepare for war. They are going to be known as the ‘Star Squad’ which means they will be videotaped and photographed so the other districts can see. Gale of course, is not too happy about it, but accepts his orders.

The final movie is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. It’s expected to break a lot of records and will likely be compared to the Harry Potter series in regards to success. The final movie is set to come out November 20th officially, but many theaters will have either a double feature showing on Thursday night with the final movie being shown at 8PM.

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Twelve new images released for ‘Mockingjay pt 2’

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Today marks the day that the tickets for Mockingjay pt 2 to purchase. This is the final of the Hunger Games movie and is looking to be breaking some records. Today is also is the day that Lionsgate released twelve more stills from the movie through Entertainment Weekly. The movie is going to be the center topic in this week’s edition, which is set to go on the shelves tomorrow.

In the stills, we see the rebels getting ready for war. As we know the final film is going to mainly be the war between the rebels and the capital. Snow is looking ready for the war as he prepares his garden in a few of the pictures and the rest of the rebels are looking to make a dent into the stronghold that Snow has on the government.

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If you buy your tickets in the first 24 hours on Fandango, you will unlock a code to download a digital form of Mockingjay pt 1 but you also unlock an exclusive clip from the second part. Sounds like a win, win, win. There will be a special double feature showing on November 19th that will have both parts of the finale back to back. If not, there will be a special showing at 8pm on Thursday the 19th.

The movie franchise has made $1.1 billion so far and is looking to shatter records when it come out November 20th. The first part of the finale didn’t do as well as the other two movies, only making $337.1 million, but this was also true for the first half of Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter. When the second part came out, it shattered record after record. Expect this to happen when the final movie comes out.

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Prim and Katniss will make you cry in new ‘Mockingjay pt 2’ trailer

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It’s a big day for news from the Mockingjay front. But the biggest comes from the latest trailer that comes Lionsgate. It’s a two minute, forty five second trailer that reminds us where the whole rebellion begin. We start from the beginning of The Hunger Games and work our way through Catching Fire and the first part of Mockingjay. The story starts with Katniss volunteering as tribute for her sister, Prim, who was selected as the most unlikely candidate. Since then, it’s snowballed (pun intended) from there. The trailer ends with Katniss and Prim dancing as they tell each other that they love each other.

And cue the waterworks.

The trailer is not the only thing that was released, but also a new movie poster that sparks (yes another pun intended) emotion. It has Katniss looking forward in her war gear with a Mockingjay on her shoulder. The tag line reads ‘A creature as unquenchable as the sun’. The creature is obviously Katniss as she refuses to back down from the rebellion until Snow is taken down. That would be the reference to unquenchable. If you’ve read the book, you will know that this line is straight out of the book.

The best news though to come from Lionsgate today is the news about the pre-order of tickets. Because that November release date is right around the corner. The tickets will go on sale October 1st and if you purchase your ticket in the first 24 hours, you will get a special downloaded edition of the first part of the movie. Lionsgate and Fandango didn’t state whether or not they would have a marathon like they did for the last three movies, but it’s highly likely. We will likely find that out come October 1st when the tickets go on sale.

The trailer is likely to be shown before the Scorch Trials on Friday. The final movie of the worldwide phenomenon is set to come out November 20th. Make sure to buy your tickets on October 1st because this movie is likely to sell out quickly.

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The first offical trailer for ‘Mockingjay pt 2’ shows first look at the war

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The moment has finally come. The first official trailer for the final movie in the blockbuster series, Mockingjay pt 2, has been released. And it is one you are going to add to your YouTube favorites and watch over and over again.

In the two and half minute trailer, we see the rebels not only preparing for the war but actual footage of the war itself. At the beginning Snow talks to Katniss about how the Games are going to end. We then see someone talking about the Rebels plan of attack on the Capital followed by Peeta asking Katniss to rethink about her plan to kill Snow. As the trailer comes to an end, Katniss asks the people of Panem to turn their weapons to the Capital as we see quick looks at the final battle at the Capital.

After watching this trailer, it will put some ease on the minds of those fans who didn’t want the movie to be split. Director Francis Lawrence has put together a great story and will be looking to get the same kinds of results the final Harry Potter film did (where it was mainly the final battle). No doubt, we will get scenes that were not in the book as they will likely show more of Snow’s side of the story.

It’s been a busy month for Mockingjay as it has been releasing a lot of images and footage from the final film in the blockbuster hit. A few weeks ago, the first official teaser was released for the film along with an image of Katniss sitting on Snow’s thrones, and some of the movie posters that they will be using.

Mockingjay pt 2 is set to come out November 20th. Pledge to support the rebels with #Unite..

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