Early overseas figures for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 are rolling in and Germany is exploding, up 42% from last year’s Mockingjay – Part 1 for a $1.5M off 621 screens, making it the top preview for a Lionsgate title in the country. Note that Lionsgate sells off foreign and that StudioCanal is handling in Germany.
In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in France, the citizens of Paris are vying to recover and head back to the cinema. Mockingjay topped the city’s B.O. charts, selling 26K tickets on Wednesday, however France totals — including Tuesday sneaks are at 205K admissions — down 20% from Mockingjay – Part 1‘s sales over the same two-day frame a year ago.
All percent hikes for Mockingjay – Part 2 are versus Part 1. Other key territories reporting are Brazil with $1.18M, up 6% at 1,245 screens. The Netherlands generated $531K for a 9% uptick. Belgium saw a 3% boost taking in close to $300K at 131 sites. Early indications from key exhibitors in the UK are that advance sales are up.
In total, the global debut for Mockingjay – Part 2 is expected to rake in $280M-$305M — which will be higher than Mockingjay – Part 1’s worldwide opening of $276.2M — with foreign delivering $165M-$185M from 33K screens and 87 markets. In regards to screens and markets, that’s the widest for a title in the series abroad and for a Lionsgate release. Plus, unlike the first Mockingjay, this one has China and Japan in the opening-weekend mix.
Revised U.S./Canada projection for Mockingjay – Part 2 now show a FSS of $115M-$120M. That’s a huge sum for Lionsgate, but if those figures stay on track, it will be the lowest opening for the franchise after Mockingjay – Part 1‘s $121.9M. The second film, Catching Fire, owns the opening record at $158.1M. Thursday stateside previews kick off tonight at 7 PM. Ticket sales also willl get a perk from Imax and PLF. Fandango reported yesterday that advance ticket sales for the second big-screen part of the last Suzanne Collins’ novel are in sync with Mockingjay – Part 1‘s at the same point in their sales cycle. According to a Fandango poll, 74% indicated that they would see the final chapter with a group of friends.
Movio, which also analyzes U.S. moviegoer data, shows that females ages 14-49 have snapped up 59% of the advance tickets to Mockingjay – Part 2. Older women pre-plan their movie visits to the cinema, while younger ones head out to the multiplex in packs. Additionally, 22% of the audience is composed of guys ages 22-39. Current average age for a Mockingjay – Part 2 audience member snapping up advance tickets is 33, because most presales activity is conducted by those ages 18-39.