Hunger Games sequel tops US chart with US$123 million on opening weekend

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.--PHOTO: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.--PHOTO: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The third instalment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence tallied US$123 million (S$160 million) in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts, according to studio estimates.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 scored the year's biggest US opening and added a further US$152 million at overseas box offices for a global tally of US$275 million.

Walt Disney's animated action film Big Hero 6 was second, with ticket sales of US$20.1 million for the three days from Friday through Sunday pushing its three-week total to US$135.7 million.

Director Christopher Nolan's space adventure Interstellar was third with US$15.1 million at US and Canadian box offices. It has taken in US$120.6 million since opening on Nov. 5.