Weekend Movie Guide: Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes open in movie theaters around St. Louis this weekend. The Walk and Pan make their way to Keller 8, while Jurassic World and Paper Towns are now available to rent at Redbox. Catch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 beginning tonight and The Night Before starting tomorrow at  MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes all open in movie theaters around St. Louis this weekend.

Recapping Last Weekend

Spectre again easily took the weekend box office crown, earning about $33.7 million in its second weekend of release. The Peanuts Movie was a distant second with $24 million in ticket sales. Love The Coopers finished third with $8.3 million in its debut weekend. The Martian stayed in the top five with $6.7 million in its seventh weekend of release. The 33 rounded out the top five with $5.8 million in its debut.

The Martian has now topped $478 million in worldwide ticket sales.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Jennifer Lawrence ends her reign as Katniss Everdeen as The Hunger Games franchise comes to a close with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Vulture calls this film “a potent conclusion to the franchise”. Other reviews, like this one from The Verge, aren’t high on the film by itself, but still say it is a great finale for the series.

Heading into the fourth and final movie of the franchise, The Hunger Games has made more than $2.3 billion dollars. Jennifer Lawrence, still just 25, has been a tremendous choice to lead the franchise.

Tood M. Thatcher predicts a domestic opening of $124.2 million for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Deadline is saying the film could land a worldwide debut between $285 million and $305 million.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 trailer

The Night Before

A.V. Club calls The Night Before a “more grown-up Superbad“. Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anothony Mackie star as three childhood friends that get together every Christmas Eve. Jillian Bell, Mindy Kaling, Ilana Glazer and Lizzy Caplan provide the female laughs. The Night Before isn’t for everyone, like Kyle Smith of the New York Post, but it definitely will appeal to many.

Todd M. Thatcher is predicting a $16.6 million opening for The Night Before.

The Night Before trailer

Secret in Their Eyes

Secret in Their Eyes is an English-language remake of El Secreto de Sus Ojos, which won an Oscar in 2010 for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. From there, you would assume that we know that this story translates well to the screen. Justin Chang of Variety calls this a “workmanlike Hollywood retooling” of the Argentine drama and speaks glowingly of Julia Roberts’ performance in this film. The Billy Ray-directed film also stars Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Todd M. Thatcher is predicting a $5.1 million opening for Secret in Their Eyes.

Secret in Their Eyes trailer

Catch It Before It’s Gone

The Walk and Pan both make their way to the second-run Keller 8 Cinema in South County this weekend.

The Walk trailer

Make It A Redbox Night

Jurassic World and Paper Towns both make their way to Redbox this week. Jurassic World was massively successful at the box office with over $1.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

Jurassic World trailer
 

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Ryan is a weird dude. He doesn't cook, yet owns a plethora of kitchen gadgets. He rationalized buying a SodaStream while unemployed. He counts Step Up 2: The Streets as one of his favorite movies along with Footloose, Rent, Grease and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He loves Mizzou but only wants them in the SEC so he can tailgate in Nashville. He owns a ShakeWeight and AbLounger, but still loves him some John Donut and Billie's Fine Foods. You can get more of Ryan at iLoveSoulard.com or just check the stool on the far end of the bar at iTap in Soulard.

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