Similar to the book from which it was based, Mockingjay: Part 2 has not lived up to the expectations as its previous films in the box office. Falling short of Mockingjay: Part 1 by 20.9 million, this puts Part 2 at a 35% decline since Catching Fire, which claimed the zenith of box office revenue at $158 million in 2013.
However, this is not to say the movie did poorly. It has still made itself a spot among the 34 films to open with $100 million in the US, and $247 million worldwide, the fifth highest in 2015.
This may be due to how true it stayed to the book, which was a somber, not-so-glamerous look on a war based around rebellion. Mockingjay, the novel, sold 9 million copies, 1 million less than its predecessor, Catching Fire, and 8.5 million less than the book that started it all, The Hunger Games.
Despite Mockingjay: Part 2 being somewhat of a let down in the box office, considering, there is still talk of further installments to the world of Panem and the 73 games that preceded the events of The Hunger Games. Director Francis Lawrence has expressed a desire to delve into the world behind the games, such as opportunities for prequels or sequels.
“The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is,” he said. And even Josh Hutcherson accidentally revealed, during an interview on “Conan”, that this new story may be in its early makings. But for now, it does not look like they are allowed to indulge the public with any further information. Thanks for the slip up though, Josh!