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'Mockingjay' Soars Over 'Penguins Of Madagascar' In Box Office Battle Of The Birds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers wanted another helping of “The Hunger Games.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part One” ruled the Thanksgiving box office for a second weekend in a row with $56.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The total haul for the latest installment of the Lionsgate dystopian series starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands at $225.7 million domestically and $254.4 million internationally. “Penguins of Madagascar” opened in second place with a chilly $25.8 million. The animated spin-off centers on the penguin characters from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise. “Penguins” fared better overseas, where the film earned an additional $36 million.

Disney’s animated romp “Big Hero 6″ and Paramount’s space-time saga “Interstellar” respectively held onto the third and fourth positions with $18.7 million and $15.8 million in their fourth weekend at the box office. The domestic total for “Big Hero 6″ has ballooned to $167.2 million, while filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is orbiting $147 million.

The Warner Bros. comedy sequel “Horrible Bosses 2″ with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprising their roles from the original 2011 movie debuted in fifth place with $15.7 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak, noted the overall box office was down 21 percent from last year when “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” dominated the box office.

“It was a situation where there was no way the box office could live up to the strength of the marketplace a year ago at Thanksgiving,” said Dergarabedian. “We had two unusually strong films at the top last year that completely knocked it out of the park.”


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,” $56.9 million ($67 million International).

2. “Penguins of Madagascar,” $25.8 million ($36 million international).

3. “Big Hero 6,” $18.7 million ($4.8 million international).

4. “Interstellar,” $15.8 million ($44.4 million international).

5. “Horrible Bosses 2,” $15.7 million ($11.7 million international).

6. “Dumb and Dumber To,” $8.2 million ($4.5 million international).

7. “The Theory of Everything,” $5 million.

8. “Gone Girl,” $2.4 million ($10.5 million international).

9. “Birdman,” $1.8 million.

10. “St. Vincent,” $1.7 million.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” $67 million.

2. “Interstellar,” $44.4 million.

3. “Penguins of Madagascar,” $36 million.

4. “Horrible Bosses 2,” $11.7 million.

5. “Women Who Flirt,” $11.5 million.

6. “Paddington,” $8.5 million.

7. “The Best, The Lost,” $8 million.

8. “Fury,” $7.9 million.

9. “Rise of the Legend,” $5.5 million.

10. “Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods,” $5 million.


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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