No. 12 ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ – 2015 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

Hunger Games Mockingjay 2 Profit

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn’t about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources.


Lionsgate brought out the finale for Katniss Everdeen, the pride of District 12 who leads a revolt against President Snow and his oppressive regime. As was done with The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter and The Hobbit, the final book was split into two movies, both of which were directed by Francis Lawrence. These splits rarely worked in favor of the audience but generally allowed the financing film companies to reap an extra event and hundreds of millions in extra global revenues. Let’s see how it worked out here.

Here are the costs and revenues as our experts see them:

Even though there was continuity in Lawrence directing both legs of the finale, this picture still gets debated. It was undeniably a financial success and it largely got good reviews, but Philip Seymour Hoffman died shortly before completing his scenes for the finale (two of those scenes were rewritten), and the picture had the bad fortune to open globally when the world was preoccupied with the terror attacks in Paris. The studio actually blamed that for a drop-off in performance, along with the Death Star that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which scooped up so many screens that it obliterated any film in its path. Some viewed the latter assertion with a raised eyebrow, because movies like these tend to perform in a compressed revenue run, and it was open for a month by the time Star Wars launched. Still, the picture did a $102M domestic opening weekend, and, opening day-and-date in 87 countries, brought in $247M globally in its opening weekend. That was good for the 25th-biggest global opening ever. Still, it was the lowest global gross for the franchise, but some of those variables Lionsgate blamed could have factored into that total. On the ledger side of things, it certainly looks good. The picture turned in a net profit of $134.3M, and a Cash on Cash return of 1.43.

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