The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, courtesy of Lionsgate, is the 28th film since May 2002 to open above $100 million over its Fri-Sun debut frame. It stands alongside the Harry Potter and the Twilight series as the only franchise to have three such debuts. It stands utterly alone as the only franchise to have three consecutive $100m+ debut weekends. So when we all take stock at the fact that the third Hunger Games film opened with $125 million this weekend, as opposed to the $152m earned by The Hunger Games‘ debut weekend in March of 2012 and less than the $158m debut earned by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend last year, we should remember that we’re still dealing with a stunningly consistent top-tier blockbuster franchise. I hate that I’m in the position of having to explain and defend a film that earned $123m in a single weekend. Yet, with the off-chance that others try to spin these numbers as some kind of sign of doom, I think it’s worth taking a moment to defend a film that just pulled off the fiftheenth-biggest domestic debut of all-time.