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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 tops US box office as Horrible Bosses 2 flops

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 second weekend, despite competition from high-profile new releases Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2.

If anything, The Hunger Games‘ penultimate instalment waltzed the Thanksgiving weekend, earning $82.7 million to score the third-best gross of all time for the five-day holiday (not accounting for inflation).

Overall, the film has now earned $225.7 million in the US alone and $480 million worldwide, even though it still trails behind Catching Fire in terms of its American performance.

As for new entries Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2, both did less business than expected, thereby contributing to a box office weekend where, overall, revenue was down more than 20 percent from last year.

Horrible Bosses 2 fared particularly badly, falling well behind projections with $15.7 million for the weekend (rising to $23 million since Wednesday) and only managing fourth spot at the box office. It would have trailed Interstellar, which took $15.8 million for the weekend but only held onto fourth thanks to its overall performance since release.

Instead, Interstellar sits at five, and has now taken $147.1 million in the US.

Penguins of Madagascar sits in second spot but only managed $36 million for the five days since it opened – one of the lowest numbers for an animated film opening over Thanksgiving (again, not accounting for inflation).

The $132 million family film is a spin-off of the popular Madagascar franchise and is directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith. It should have fared much better.

However, part of the explanation of this could be down to the continued strong performance of another animated title, the Disney holdover Big Hero 6, which continued to prosper in its fourth weekend, hitting $26 million for the five days to come in third.

Big Hero 6 has now earned $167.2 million in the US and $224.1 million worldwide. It is still to open in the UK.

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