THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opened in the UK on Thursday 20th November taking an impressive total of over £12.6million from 1,460 screens at 565 cinemas this weekend.
This figure is a 4% increase on the franchise’s prior instalment marking a record breaking opening for Lionsgate UK as well as being their widest release to date. The film also accounted for 2 of every 3 cinema tickets sold this weekend.
Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa comments “We are thrilled with the weekend’s results. Mockingjay pt1 is a film that has resonated with UK cinema goers and has helped us to achieve continued record breaking numbers for the franchise as a whole. We’re excited to see how audiences will respond to the final installment – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – next November.
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, from an adaptation by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.