'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

November 23, 2014 4:54 PM

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"Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the last installment of "The Hunger Games," but it still set the highest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate's "Mockingjay" opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire." But the decision to split the final book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy into two films clearly paid off. "Mockingjay" did even better overseas,...

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