ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

What will undoubtedly be the biggest film of the Holiday Season - and likely of 2014 - hits in four short days.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" has been tracking for a $130 million opening weekend.

To put that in perspective, that is more than hits "The Fault In Our Stars" ($124 million) and "Lucy" ($126 million) have made in their entire domestic runs.

A $130 million opening will also be, by far, the year's biggest debut, well ahead of the $100 million that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” opened with in June.

To give you an even better idea of just how huge the franchise has been, a $130 million opening would make it by far the lowest debut domestically for a "Hunger Games" movie.

“The Hunger Games” debuted with $152.5 million in March of 2012. Its sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” opened to $158 million in November of last year.

The first part of the finale in the action-adventure series starring Jennifer Lawrence will open nationwide in four days.

There has been a HUGE marketing and advertising push the past two weeks and Lawrence has been hitting the talk-show circuit hard.

The consensus from the trailers and marketing material is that this tale of Katniss Everdeen is darker, bleaker and better - and Lawrence seems to REALLY be in kick-ass mode.

If the material is as effective as it looks, it could push "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" to a $150 million domestic opening.

If that happens, it will mark the first time THREE films in a franchise opened to $150 million or more.

The first two “Hunger Games” movies have taken in $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. “The Hunger Games” totalled $408 million at the domestic box office and $691 million globally in 2012. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” rung up $424 million in the U.S. and $864 million last year.

If all goes right, the franchise and Jennifer Lawrence's star will both reach even greater heights.


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