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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, as expected, took the box office by storm this weekend. With $123 million it was easily the number one movie of the weekend and, in what's been a slow box office year, had the largest opening of the year to date, trumping this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut.

Despite that small coup, the movie's opening doesn't stand up to its franchise predecessor, Catching Fire which hit $158 million this same time last year. As young adult adaptation franchises go, it's also a weak showing, well below the openings for both parts of the final Harry Potter film and both parts of the final Twilight entry.

Last weekend's number one Dumb and Dumber To took a hard hit, dropping over 60% to fourth place, while popular small release entries Birdman and The Theory of Everything enjoyed small boosts, edging up into ninth and tenth places respectively.

Speaking of this year being a slow one, even with Mockingjay's boost, sales are still down almost $350 million compared to this same time last year. 2014 still has a couple of big hitters lined up, including the final Hobbit installation and Ridley Scott's latest historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, but those might not be enough to pull the year out its slump.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 * $123,000,000 Total: $123,000,000 LW: N
THTRS: 4,151
Big Hero 6 $20,086,000 Total: $135,708,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 3,650
Interstellar $15,100,000 Total: $120,692,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 3,415
Dumb and Dumber To $13,820,000 Total: $57,473,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 3,188
Gone Girl $2,815,000 Total: $156,823,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 1,609
Beyond the Lights $2,630,000 Total: $10,124,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 1,766
St. Vincent $2,354,000 Total: $36,613,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 1,707
Fury (2014) $1,900,000 Total: $79,150,000 LW: 7
THTRS: 1,720
Birdman $1,855,000 Total: $14,407,000 LW: 10
THTRS: 862
The Theory of Everything $1,500,000 Total: $2,796,000 LW: 17
THTRS: 140

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