Those who have been paying attention to 2014’s box office coverage know that there have been two regular refrains over the past eleven months: “Wow, this year kind of blows,” followed by, “But wait until Mockingjay hits!” In a year that offered more misses than hits, it seemed like a safe bet that the penultimate chapter of the wildly successful The Hunger Games series would provide at least one weekend of hyperbolic box office goodness. Huge crowds on opening night, maybe even a record or two? So color me confused to have to say that, after all that buildup, Mockingjay – Part 1 is not the box office savior many of us were expecting. At least not yet.
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