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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 remains on top in US for third straight weekend

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has remained on top of the US box office for a third straight weekend with takings of $21.6 million.

The figure brings its US total to $257.7 million, while global the penultimate chapter in the franchise has now hit $560.5 million.

In the US, the film is now poised to become the No. 2 title of the year, behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy ($332 million), thereby surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

However, while The Hunger Games continued to prosper, the remainder of the US box office suffered a tradtionally quiet weekend.

Hence, Penguins of Madagascar remained at No. 2 in with $11.1 million for a US total of $49.6 million, considerably below expectation, while Horrible Bosses 2 placed third, with $8.6 million for a US total of $36.1 million, well behind the first movie.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar rounded out the top five.

The former grossed $8.1 million in its fifth weekend to bring its total to $177.5 million, thereby marking another victory for Disney Animation Studios.

Interstellar grossed $8 million for a new total of $158.7 million.

Elsewhere at the international box office, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which Fox debuted in 10 markets ahead of the US and UK, enjoyed a strong start in several Catholic-friendly markets – namely $4.7 million in Mexico, $3.8 million in Spain and a massive $6.2 million in South Korea, the biggest opening ever for Scott.

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