'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Jennifer Lawrence attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jena Malone attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Julianne Moore attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Liam Hemsworth attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Josh Hutcherson attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Natalie Dormer attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Stanley Tucci attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Lorde attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Donald Sutherland attends an after party for the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Victoria House on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Sam Claflin attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Actress Julianne Moore poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Liam Hemsworth poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
From left, actors Lorde, Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone and Julianne Moore speak to each other upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Jena Malone poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Francis Lawrence poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
From left, actors Lorde, Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks speak to each other upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Julianne Moore poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
From right, actors Natalie Dormer, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone and Jennifer Lawrence speak to each other upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Elizabeth Banks poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Elizabeth Banks and Sam Claflin joke with each other upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Sam Claflin attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Lewis Gardner, Stewart Brock and Callum Wiseman of Prides attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Banks poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, Josh Hutcherson and Jeffrey Wright attend the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson and Stanley Tucci attend the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Natalie Dormer attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Sam Claflin attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Lizzie Cundy attends an after party for the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Victoria House on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Lorde attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Sam Faiers attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Fleur East attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Josh Hutherson attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Stanley Tucci attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Stevi Ritchie attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jade Avia attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Kimberly Garner attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jessica Wright attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Lauren Platt attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Video Blogger Rebecca Brown attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Hofit Golan attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jonathan Ross attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Edith Bowman attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Daisy Lowe attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Kimberley Garner attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Daisy Lowe attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Sinitta attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Director Francis Lawrence attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Amy Willerton attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) (L to R) JJ Hamblett, George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert and Jaymi Hensley of Union J attend the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
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NEW YORK (AP) - "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the previous installments of "The Hunger Games," but it still had the biggest 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" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $30-million-plus slide in the franchise, "Mockingjay" far surpassed the previous top weekend of the year: the $100 million debut of "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment. After initial box office receipts of "Mockingjay" rolled in Friday, forecasting a weekend below expectations, Lions Gate Entertainment's stock dipped 5 percent.

But the decision to split the final book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy into two films was clearly lucrative for Lionsgate. "Mockingjay" did even better overseas, where it made $152 million over the weekend, accounting altogether for a $275 million global opening.

"It's the biggest opening of the year, so it really illustrates the strength of the franchise," said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate, noting the North American opening was the 15th best ever.

Spitz declined to answer questions about Wall Street's reaction to the opening, or what the effect may have been of splitting the third book in two.

"It speaks for itself," Spitz said of the result.

Dividing the book pushed much of the big drama of "Mockingjay" to the second film, scheduled for release in November 2015. On the same November weekend in 2010, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" - which similarly split the series' last book into two - opened almost identically with $125 million. A year later, the second "Deathly Hallows" film debuted bigger than all previous "Harry Potter" films with $169 million.

"A little perspective is in order here," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak. He called the "Mockingjay" results "still an astonishing feat."

"I'm not worried about this franchise," Dergarabedian said.

The release calendar made way for "Mockingjay," as no other new wide releases hit theaters. In its third week of release, the Disney animated adventure "Big Hero 6" moved into second place with $20.1 million. Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar" came in third with $15.1 million, also in its third week.

Last week's top film, the long-in-coming sequel "Dumb and Dumber To," slid considerably. The Universal comedy dropped to fourth place with $13.8 million.

Box Office Top 3: 'Hunger Games' Has Biggest Weekend of 2014

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," $123 million.

2. "Big Hero 6," $20.1 million.

3. "Interstellar," $15.1 million.

4. "Dumb and Dumber To," $13.8 million.

5. "Gone Girl," $2.8 million.

6. "Beyond the Lights," $2.6 million.

7. "St. Vincent," $2.4 million.

8. "Fury," $1.9 million.

9. "Birdman," $1.9 million.

10. "The Theory of Everything," $1.5 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Premiere Looks
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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and actor Josh Hutcherson attend 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' (Los Juegos del Hambre: Sinsajo Parte 2) premiere at the Kinepolis Cinema on November 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence attend 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' premiere at Kinepolis cinema on November 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
For her first major premiere for "The Hunger Games," Lawrence decided on a fitting gold Prabal Gurung gown. The metallic number, which lit up the carpet, was on-trend with sleek cutouts and showcased her svelte physique. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

But she really turned heads when she turned her back to the camera. The Prabal Gurung gown had an amazing open back and felt very Katniss like with it's flowing train. We're sure Cinna was impressed. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Lawrence clearly had a deep affection for gold gowns while she promoted the first "Hunger Games" flick. She stepped out at the UK premiere in a snakeskin Ralph Lauren number with a black YSL belt. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

The Hollywood darling turned heads at the Paris premiere of "The Hunger Games" in a black Tom Ford zipper dress, which had a breathtaking open back. It struck a nice note of modern and sleek. (Photo by Julien Hekimian/Getty Images)

We told  you this Tom Ford dress had an amazing back. A deep red pucker polished off the style. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
In her early days, the blonde beauty loved frilly frocks. This red Marchesa dress, which featured a dropped hemline and intricate lace dealing, was sexy up front and even sexier in the back. It was a stunning style for the Berlin premiere of "The Hunger Games."(Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)

London loves a little sparkle and so do we!  Lawrence went for this candy-like Dior Couture gown with a simple white bodice and sequined panel at the UK premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Her navy Kurt Geiger pumps were the perfect pop of color to round out the ensemble. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

While the Dior Couture dress was subtle in the front, it was a winner in the back with a deep backless cutout and a flowing piece. It almost has a wing-like quality. Do you like the look? (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The stunning star suited up with a white trenchcoat dress at the Berlin premiere of "The Hunger Games - Catching Fire." The simple, sleek style from Dior was a refreshing change from her glamorous dresses. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)

Leave it to Katniss to play with a little bit of sexy and sultry. At "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" premiere in Madrid, Lawrence dazzled in a midnight blue Dior dress, which featured a daring hemline and a sheer bottom. Her messy tresses finished off the look. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

In Rome, it was all about romance. The beauty showed off her softer side in a vanilla-colored Dior Couture gown with an asymmetrical, strapless neckline and billowy folds. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
Lawrence vamped things up at the Paris "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" premiere in this pleated and angular Dior number and a simple set of Christian Louboutin heels. She polished off the style with a currant lip. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

This look is easily one of Lawrence's most famous. The edgy actress took a walk on the wild side in a Dior Coutoure dress with a black bodysuit, sheer overlay, and chunky black belt. She amped up the sexy factor with a red lip and a smoky eye. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Simple is often a good way to go. For the New York premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Lawrence rocked a Dior dress with an embellished crop top. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

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