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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Photograph by Murray Close/Lionsgate/Everett Collection

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.

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