ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

It says something about the "Hunger Games" franchise that it's latest installment just had the biggest weekend opening of 2014 - and that opening is still considered to be something of a disappointment.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" has opened to an estimated $123 million this weekend. It is by far the biggest opening of the year - yet still a number that fell short of all expectations.

This is especially true when you consider that studios tend to slightly overestimate weekend numbers and the total will therefor be slightly less when final totals for the weekend are tallied.

This is a stunning development. Both the other "Hunger Games" films opened over $150 million domestically and were well-received by critics and fans.

So why the big drop for this installment? I have some ideas, which I will share soon.

What do the rest of you think?


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