Box-Office results, Hunger Games Mockingjay pt 2 opening hits $101M

With several new films hitting the box-office this week, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 2” leads the new releases with $101M domestically. The highly anticipated finale of the “Hunger Games” franchise opened across an estimated 4,175 locations to take the top-spot overall on the charts. The Lionsgate film was directed by Francis Lawrence, working off a screenplay written by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth star in the long-running YA franchise.

Dropping from first to second this weekend was Sony Pictures’ latest James Bond installment “Spectre,” earning $14.6M over the weekend. The film screened across 3,659 locations and has now earned almost $154M domestically since its release three weeks ago. “Spectre” was directed by Sam Mendes, working off a screenplay written by John Logan and Neal Purvis. Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux star in the film.

Third-place overall went to the animated hit “The Peanuts Movie” from FOX studios. The film earned an additional $12.8M domestically, raising its three-week total to a little less than $100M.

“The Night Before,” also from Sony Pictures, earned $10.1M in the film’s opening weekend to take fourth-place overall on the domestic charts. The holiday comedy opened across 2,960 locations and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Jillian Bell. Jonathan Levine directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Kyle Hunter.

Wrapping-up the top five this weekend was another new release, “The Secret in their Eyes” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. The remake earned STX $6.6M over the weekend across an estimated 2,392 locations. Billy Ray directed the film, working off a screenplay that he wrote with Juan José Campanella.

The winner at the specialty box-office this weekend was the Oscar-buzzing hit “Carol” from the Weinstein Company. The film earned $248,149 across four locations this week as it prepares for an Oscar run. Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson star in the film, which was directed by Todd Haynes. Phyllis Nagy wrote the screenplay, the film is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel about a woman in the 1950s that falls in love with an older, married woman.

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