The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is off to a fast start ahead of the weekend. The film opened in nine markets on Wednesday, including Brazil and France, before expanding to 59 more markets on Thursday. The UK, Germany, Australia, Italy, and South Korea formed the core of key markets from Thursday’s overseas expansion. The latest installment in The Hunger Games saga opens in 17 more markets on Friday to reach a day-and-date presence across a total of 85 markets and making it the widest release in Lionsgate history.
Current overseas estimates put the film at $33 million with #1 premieres across virtually every market. UK came in with $3.6 million including previews, up 12% from the previous installment in the franchise. UK was the previous film’s biggest overseas territory and is expected to perform well in the coming weeks.
Mockingjay posted the biggest opening day of 2014 in Germany with $2.9 million, 11% ahead of Catching Fire. France has a two-day cume of $3 million while russia posted a 2D opening record among 2014 releases with $2.7 million. Australia recorded a single-day gross of $2.4 million to also become the biggest premiere of the year to date.