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Mockingjay Part 1, the first half of the final installment in the Hunger Games franchise, struck gold at the box office this weekend, debuting at No. 1 with $123 million — but that's still a steep drop from its predecessors, Box Office Mojo reports.

It seems strange to call a $123 million opening (the biggest of the year and 15th of all time) disappointing, but Mockingjay certainly fell short of expectations this weekend. By comparison, the previous Hunger Games film, last year's Catching Fire, opened to $158 million, while 2012's original film opened to $152 million. (Mockingjay is also the first film in the franchise that didn't open in IMAX theaters.) The film also fell short of similar sequels in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.

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Big Hero 6 and Interstellar held steady at No. 2 and 3, with $20 million and $15.1 million, respectively. But last week's top film, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth place with $13.8 million, a dropoff of more than 60 percent from its opening weekend.

In its eighth week in theaters, Gone Girl also retained its spot at No. 5 with $2.8 million.

In sixth place was Beyond the Lights with $2.6 million, followed by St. Vincent at No. 7 with $2.3 million.

With $1.9 million, Fury finished at No. 8, edging out Birdman's $1.8 million.

And, after expanding to 140 theaters, The Theory of Everything sneaked into the Top 10 with $1.5 million.

 

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