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NORTH AMERICA: Thursday Estimates: 'Mockingjay – Part 1' Easily Leads Thanksgiving Day with $11.05M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' a Distant Second with $3.95M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' #3 with $3.06M on November 28, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $11.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 24 percent from Thursday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 28 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $14.95 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $168.61 million through its first week of release. That places the film 24 percent behind the massive $222.12 million seven-day start of Catching Fire. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed an estimated $25.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be headed for a five-day weekend take in the area of $79 million based on past Thanksgiving weekend trends.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with an estimated $3.95 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 37 percent from Wednesday. Family films tend to fall off sharply on Thanksgiving Day, but the daily decline for Penguins of Madagascar was even larger than usual for a family film on Thanksgiving. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed an estimated $10.20 million in two days. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the $8.57 million two-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 17 percent behind the $12.28 million two-day start of 2011's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar currently appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $37 million.

Horrible Bosses 2 grossed $3.06 million to land in third. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 28 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Yesterday's percentage decline was a concerning sign, as films aimed at adult audiences tend to hold up better on Thanksgiving Day. Horrible Bosses 2 is off to a modest two-day start of just $7.31 million. That places the film a very disappointing 51 percent behind the $14.98 million two-day start of 2008's Four Christmases. Unless Horrible Bosses 2 rebounds in an unexpectedly big way today, the film appears to be on course for a lackluster five-day debut in the area of $24 million.

Disney's Big Hero 6 followed very closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $3.056 million. That was down 27 percent from Wednesday and up 166 percent over last Thursday. Big Hero 6 placed in second for the week with $32.82 million. That was down just 18 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 21-day total to $148.44 million. Big Hero 6 is currently taking advantage of the slower than expected start of Penguins of Madagascar and has grossed an estimated $7.24 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That places the film on course for a five-day weekend gross in the neighborhood of $26.5 million.

Paramount's Interstellar rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $3.04 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film held up much better than other films in the top five on Thursday, as it fell just 4 percent from Wednesday. Interstellar placed in third for the week with $25.69 million. That represented a 30.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's domestic total to $131.29 million after 21 days of wide release. Interstellar has grossed an estimated $6.21 million on Wednesday and Thursday and appears to be headed for a five-day holiday take in the area of $21 million.

The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Thursday with an estimated $0.727 million from 749 locations. The awards season hopeful from Focus was up 17 percent over Wednesday. The Theory of Everything has grossed an estimated $1.35 million on Wednesday and Thursday. The film's 21-day total stands at $4.52 million.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Mockingjay' Still Leads on Wednesday with $14.55M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' Bows to $6.25M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Starts Softly w/ $4.25M on November 27, 2014

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Please note that all grosses for Wednesday, November 26 are estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported after the holiday.

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 earned an estimated $14.55 million on Wednesday, up 20 percent from Tuesday. That brings the sequel's domestic tally to $157.56 million through six days of release--24 percent off the pace of last year's Catching Fire.

Fox/DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar bowed to an estimated $6.25 million for its opening day yesterday. That's generally on par with The Muppets' $6.5 million pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday opening three years ago, and 29 percent ahead of DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians pre-Thanksgiving first day take of $4.8 million.

Warner Bros. reports that Horrible Bosses 2 took in an estimated $4.25 million on Wednesday, including Tuesday's $1 million from early shows. With no R-rated comedy sequels having opened over Thanksgiving weekend in the recent past, comparisons this early may be futile. That being said, the best samples may be that of last year's Anchorman: The Legend Continues ($8.1 million opening Wednesday, one week before Christmas) and 2008's Four Christmases ($6.1 million opening Wednesday before Thanksgiving). Warner Bros. also reports the Bosses sequel earned a "B+" CinemaScore.

Disney's Big Hero 6 posted $4.18 million yesterday, up 28 percent from Tuesday. The toon's domestic total now stands at $145.4 million.

Rounding out the top five, Interstellar added $3.17 million on Wednesday for a 31 percent increase from Tuesday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has now taken in $128.25 million domestically up to this point.

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Passes $140M Mark After $12.13M Take on Tuesday on November 26, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $12.13 million on Tuesday to easily top the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence increased 35 percent over Monday's performance. Daily increases in general were especially strong on Tuesday thanks in part to the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire increased 29.5 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $15.96 million. Mockingjay- Part 1 surpassed the $140 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $143.01 million in five days. While Mockingjay - Part 1 is off to the largest five-day start of 2014, the film is also performing below pre-release expectations and is running a significant 23 percent behind the massive $186.36 million five-day start of Catching Fire.

Disney's Big Hero 6 held steady in second with $3.27 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios held up especially well yesterday, as it was up 50 percent over Monday and up 93 percent over last Tuesday. Big Hero 6 also surpassed the $140 million mark yesterday and has grossed $141.20 million in 19 days. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $126.50 million 19-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. Even with added competition from Fox's Penguins of Madagascar, Big Hero 6 is highly likely to hold up very well over the Thanksgiving holiday frame.

Paramount's Interstellar took in $2.42 million to remain in third place. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film increased 40 percent over Monday and was down a slim 9 percent from last Tuesday. Interstellar has grossed $125.08 million after 19 days of wide release. That places the film 27 percent behind the $171.22 million 19-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World. Interstellar should be able to stabilize this weekend thanks to the holiday frame and continued IMAX grosses.

Dumb and Dumber To grossed $1.66 million to continue to claim fourth. Universal's long awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels was up 39 percent over Monday and down 31 percent from last Tuesday. Dumb and Dumber To surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $60.58 million in twelve days. The film is likely to continue to fall off quickly over the holiday frame, especially with added competition from Warner's Horrible Bosses 2.

The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Tuesday with $0.215 million from 140 locations. That gave the awards season hopeful from Focus a per-location average of $1,533 for the day, which was the second highest per-location average among films in the top ten yesterday (behind only Mockingjay - Part 1). The Theory of Everything has grossed $3.17 million through 19 days of platform release. The film will be playing in 749 locations today and on Thursday and in 802 locations beginning on Friday.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Horrible Bosses 2' Posts Healthy Tuesday Haul on November 26, 2014

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Warner Bros. reports that Horrible Bosses 2 got off to a great start on Tuesday evening by delivering a solid $1 million haul from evening shows. The comedic sequel is entering a typically crowded holiday marketplace, so this strong debut bodes well for its chances over the next several days.


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