B.O. Roundup, November 28-30: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Rules the Roost

Sunday, 30 November 2014 09:25 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, November 28-30: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Rules the Roost

For the second consecutive year running, Americans chose to spend a few hours of their Thanksgiving holiday wallowing in the misery of a brutal dystopia on the brink of all-out war.

Yes, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is the number one movie in North America again, easily fending off two wildly different new wide releases.

The second-to-last adventure of Katniss Everdeen debuted as the biggest opener in 2014 last weekend and it continues to be a commercial juggernaut.  Mockingjay - Part 1 declined 53% over the weekend proper, grossing an estimated $56.8 million from Friday to Sunday.  If we include Wednesday and Thursday on account of Thanksgiving, the sequel made $88.7 million over the five-day extended weekend.

So, over the ten days of its release, the latest Hunger Games has raked in $225.6 million from theaters in North America. That's a whole lot, but it marks a decline from the tremendous haul of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last year; Mockingjay - Part 1 is down about $70 million from its predecessor at the same point.

Don't cry for the rebellion, however.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is cleaning up internationally, hauling in another $67 million from foreign markets, bringing its international figure up to an estimated $254.4 million.  That adds up to a global total of $480 million.

In a distant second place, we've got Penguins of Madagascar, an animated spinoff from DreamWorks Animation.  The comedy following anthropomorphized animals on a spy misadventure brought in $25.8 million over the weekend, according to current estimates.  Since the Madagascar offshoot opened on Wednesday, it has earned $36 million.

The weekend haul of Penguins is only a few million better than the 2012 November release of Rise of the Guardians, one of DreamWorks' lowest-grossing animated features.  The last entry in the Madagascar franchise from which Penguins springs opened to the tune of $60 million back in the summer of 2012.

Big Hero 6 and Interstellar both held up well in third and fourth place.  Rounding out the top five is the holiday's other new wide release, Horrible Bosses 2.  The comedy sequel brought back original stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx, adding Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine for good measure.  Despite all that starpower and the promise of familiar shenanigans, Horrible Bosses 2 collected an estimated $15.7 million over the weekend proper.  Its five day total stands at $23 million.

For comparison, the first Horrible Bosses opened with $28.3 million back in the summer of 2011.  The diminished returns are due to a combination of factors, not the least of which were overwhelmingly negative reviews and New Line's decision to make Horrible Bosses 2 the first-ever R-rated comedy opening just in time for Thanksgiving.

Overall, the top ten accounted for about $153 million from Friday to Sunday and $218 million from Wednesday to Sunday.  That's down from the same frame last year, when Catching Fire and Frozen held sway.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.......................$56.8 million...............$225.6 million

2. Penguins of Madagascar.................................................$25.8 million...............$36.0 million

3. Big Hero 6.........................................................................$18.7 million...............$167.2 million

4. Interstellar........................................................................$15.8 million...............$147.0 million

5. Horrible Bosses 2............................................................$15.7 million...............$23.0 million

6. Dumb & Dumber To.........................................................$8.2 million.................$72.2 million

7. The Theory of Everything...............................................$5.0 million.................$9.6 million

8. Gone Girl..........................................................................$2.4 million.................$160.7 million

9. Birdman...........................................................................$1.8 million.................$17.2 million

10. St. Vincent.....................................................................$1.7 million.................$39.2 million

Friday, December 5th brings nary a single wide release to offer serious competition for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, though Wild, The Pyramid, Pioneer, Comet, Life Partners, and She's Beautiful When She's Angry all provide moviegoing options in limited release.

Check back in a week to see how Mockingjay fares.  Same Rogue time, same Rogue channel.


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