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On the Lot: $100MM 'disappointment,' Star Wars put shivers in Hollywood competitors

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 2.
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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 2.

Mockingjay brought in more than $100 million in its opening weekend, yet that's considered a disappointment? And why Star Wars is giving the other studios ulcers.

Normally, there would be a constant racket from champagne corks popping when a movie has a $100 million opening weekend. But it's all about expectations, and the final episode of the Hunger Games franchise failed to meet them.

And, with Disney set to release the latest Star Wars movie, the rest of Hollywood seems like the cast of Game of Thrones, all muttering that "winter is coming." With $50 million already in the bank from advance ticket sales, The Force Awakens looks to be a Goliath, with some predicting it will dethrone Avatar as the biggest grossing movie of all time.

Plus, a possible end to so-called 'favor movies,' that the studios offer up to big stars so they can stay in their good graces. And a very classy British actor-director takes on a remake of Murder on the Orient Express.  The LA Times' Rebecca Keegan has all the stuff you need to know about this week in the film business.

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