This week, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I” hit theaters with a bang – in fact, it was the biggest movie debut of the year. Opening weekend saw a total grossing of $123 million.

 

Unfortunately, though, this number was lower than expected. After analyzing trends from earlier “Hunger Games” releases, BoxOffice.com predicted that the film would gross $150 million. The first two “Hunger Games” releases both exceeded $150 million on their opening weekends.

 

In the latest "Hunger Games," Katniss Everdeen becomes the "Mockingjay." (wegotthiscovered.com)

In the latest “Hunger Games,” Katniss Everdeen becomes the “Mockingjay.” (wegotthiscovered.com)

In “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I,” Katniss Everdeen is taken to District 13 after her home district, District 12, is destroyed. She meets President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebels fighting against the Capitol, and Coin asks Katniss to become the “Mockingjay,” the rebel’s symbol. She declines at first, but agrees after seeing the destruction that had been inflicted upon District 12.

 

The rest of the film follows the escalating fight between the rebels and the Capitol. However, many were left disappointed by the action (or lack thereof) and Jennifer Lawrence’s acting.

 

Many fans were frustrated by the franchise’s decision to split the final movie into two parts, claiming that it was a move of greed to increase profits. In fact, splitting a movie in half is almost always a bad idea.

 

“Mockingjay,” the Suzanne Collins novel that the film is based on, was obviously not split in half. Collins presented the novel as a single, self-contained work of art that told a particular story in a particular way, the way she intended. Splitting the novel in half for a movie adaptation, though, splits the story’s narrative arc and deviates from Collins’ intentions as an author.

 

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