How the Newest Hunger Games Movie Scared Off the Box Office Competition

November 21, 2014 11:23 AM

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How the Newest Hunger Games Movie Scared Off the Box Office Competition

There’s a simple way for a movie studio to win a box-office battle: Make sure the competition is weak. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is expected to garner somewhere around $150 million in movie ticket sales this weekend—far more than any other film this year—largely because no one in Hollywood was brave enough to take it on.

Although a number of movies will make their debuts today, the Hunger Games installment is the only wide release, an industry term for when a film blankets thousands of U.S. theaters, rather than only showing only in certain cities or regions. Typically, two or three movies open wide in any given wee...

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