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NORTH AMERICA: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Maintains First Place Lead with $2.33M on Wednesday; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Adds $1.08M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' Takes $0.65M on December 04, 2014

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Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $2.33 million on Wednesday, bringing the film's total domestic gross to $233.8 million through 13 days of release. That puts the penultimate series chapter 24 percent off the pace of last year's Catching Fire. On its current trajectory, Mockingjay - Part 1 will end up grossing between $310 million and $320 million by the end of its domestic run.

Horrible Bosses 2 took in $1.08 million in second place yesterday. WB's comedy sequel has pulled $26.4 million since bowing on Wednesday of last week, placing it 45 percent behind its predecessor's gross at the same point.

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar added $0.85 million in third place on Wednesday, giving the space epic an overall domestic haul of $149.8 million to-date.

Fox reports that Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.65 million in fourth place yesterday. The Madagascar spin-off has earned $37.84 million through its first eight days. That puts the toon 9 percent ahead of the pace of Rise of the Guardians, 15 percent behind The Muppets, and 25 percent behind Puss in Boots.

Rounding out the top five, Disney's Big Hero 6 posted $0.47 million yesterday. Its domestic tally now stands at $168.9 million--12 percent ahead of the pace of Wreck-It Ralph. The film is poised to ultimately end its run north of $200 million domestically.

Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything took in $0.34 million from 802 locations, giving it a solid $430 per-theater average. Its domestic take thus far is $10.62 million.

On the platform front, The Imitation Game pulled a strong $31,567 from 4 locations yesterday. That represents a per-screen average of $7,892. The film's six-day total stands at $579,249.

 

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Leads Tuesday with $3.16M on December 03, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $3.16 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a twelfth consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence increased 20 percent over Monday and was down 74 percent from last Tuesday's inflated pre-Thanksgiving performance. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $231.48 million in twelve days, which places the film 24 percent behind the massive $303.71 million twelve-day take of Catching Fire.

Horrible Bosses 2 held steady in second place with $1.46 million. The R-rated comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was up a healthy 33 percent over Monday. While Horrible Bosses 2 has displayed very solid midweek holding power the past two days, the film is still off to a soft seven-day start of just $25.34 million. That places the film 40 percent behind the $42.37 million seven-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday).

Paramount's Interstellar took in $1.05 million to remain in third place. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up 23 percent over Monday and down 57 percent from last Tuesday. Interstellar has grossed $148.93 million through 26 days and is set to surpass the $150 million domestic mark on Thursday.

Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.939 million to continue to claim fourth. The 3D computer animated spin-off from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up a solid 16 percent over Monday. Penguins of Madagascar continues to perform below pre-release expectations with a seven-day start of $37.19 million. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $34.08 million seven-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 15 percent below the $43.63 million seven-day start of 2011's The Muppets.

Disney's Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.633 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was up a slim 3 percent over Monday and down a sharp 81 percent from last Tuesday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $168.47 million in 26 days, which places the film 12 percent ahead of the $150.38 million 26-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

The Theory of Everything placed in seventh with $0.427 million. In the process, the awards season hopeful from Focus surpassed the $10 million mark yesterday. For the day, The Theory of Everything earned a healthy per-location average of $533 from 802 locations.

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Remains #1 on Monday with $2.64M on December 02, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $2.64 million on Monday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence has now led the daily box office for eleven consecutive days. Mockingjay - Part 1 was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 71 percent from last Monday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 76 percent on its second Monday to gross $3.40 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $228.32 million in eleven days, which places the film 24 percent behind the massive $299.69 million eleven-day take of Catching Fire.

On the heels of its lackluster fifth place debut over the weekend, Horrible Bosses 2 moved into second place on Monday with $1.10 million. The R-rated comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 65 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. While Horrible Bosses 2 appears as though it will perform relativity stronger on weekdays, the film is still off to a soft six-day start of just $23.88 million. That places the film 40 percent behind the $39.50 million six-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday).

Paramount's Interstellar claimed third place with $0.848 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was down 72 percent from Sunday and down 51 percent from last Monday. Interstellar continues to perform below expectations with a 25-day take of $147.88 million. That leaves the film $2.12 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.

Penguins of Madagascar placed closely behind in fourth with $0.811 million. The 3D computer animated spin-off from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 85 percent from Sunday, which is a sure sign of how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. Penguins of Madagascar continues to perform below expectations with a six-day start of $36.25 million. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $33.18 million six-day start of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 15 percent below the $42.59 million six-day start of 2011's The Muppets.

Disney's Big Hero 6 rounded out Monday's top five with $0.613 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios fell 85 percent from Sunday and a sharp 72 percent from last Monday's inflated pre-Thanksgiving performance. Big Hero 6 continues to perform very well with $167.83 million in 25 days. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $149.84 million 25-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Mockingjay – Part 1' Remains #1 Over Thanksgiving with 5-Day Take of $82.7M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' a Distant Second with $35.4M 5-Day Start; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Struggles with $22.8M in 5 Days on December 01, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 comfortably remained in first place this weekend with a three-day take of $56.97 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence took in $82.67 million over the five-day frame. Mockingjay - Part 1 was down a very reasonable 53 percent from last weekend. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 53 percent in its second weekend to gross $74.18 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 surpassed the $200 million mark this weekend and has grossed $225.68 million in ten days. While Mockingjay - Part 1 is already the seventh highest grossing domestic release of 2014, the film is running a significant 24 percent behind the $296.29 million ten-day take of Catching Fire.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with $25.45 million over the three-day frame. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation has grossed $35.44 million in its first five days, which is below pre-release expectations. Compared to previous Thanksgiving family releases, Penguins of Madagascar opened 10 percent ahead of the $32.34 million five-day start of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 15 percent below the $41.52 million five-day start of 2012's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar is set to mark another underwhelming domestic performer for DreamWorks Animation; as it joins the likes of 2012's Rise of the Guardians, 2013's Turbo and to a lesser extent this year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Penguins of Madagascar received an A- rating on CinemaScore.

Horrible Bosses 2 was off to an even softer start this weekend with a fifth place take of $15.46 million over the three-day frame. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. took in $22.77 million over the five-day frame, which was well below expectations (which had already been scaled back a bit due in part to the film's poor critical reviews). Horrible Bosses 2 opened 37 percent behind the $36.13 million five-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday) and 51 percent behind the $46.05 million five-day Thanksgiving start of 2008's Four Christmases. Horrible Bosses 2 was clearly hurt by its poor reviews, though the film may be going over a bit better with moviegoers, as it received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore.

The combined performances of Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 this weekend argue very strongly that moviegoers continue to have sequel fatigue in 2014.

Thanks in part to the softer than expected starts of both Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2, Disney's Big Hero 6 and Paramount's Interstellar both held up very nicely this weekend. Big Hero 6 placed in third for the weekend with $18.82 million, which was down a very slim 6 percent from last weekend. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios took in $26.02 million over the five-day frame. Big Hero 6 has grossed $167.22 million through 24 days of release. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $149.28 million 24-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

Interstellar claimed fourth place over the weekend with $15.74 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up a terrific 3 percent over last weekend. Interstellar took in an estimated $21.96 million over the five-day frame and has grossed $147.04 million through 24 days of release. While Interstellar continues to perform below expectations, the film is displaying very solid holding power, due in part to good word of mouth, continued IMAX grosses and from skewing heavily towards older moviegoers.

Universal's Dumb and Dumber To took sixth place with $8.36 million over the three-day frame. Despite the poorer than expected performance of Horrible Bosses 2, Dumb and Dumber To still took a hit this weekend, as it was down a sharp 41 percent from last weekend. Dumb and Dumber To took in $11.66 million over the five-day frame and has grossed a solid $72.24 million in 17 days.

The Theory of Everything had a very promising expansion this weekend with a three-day take of $5.01 million. That placed the awards season hopeful from Focus in seventh place among all films this weekend. The Theory of Everything earned a per-location average of $6,248 from 802 locations. The film has grossed $9530 million in 24 days and should continue to hold up well going forward.

Fellow awards season hopeful The Imitation Game was off to a very strong platform start this weekend with $479,352 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Weinstein Company drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch generated a massive per-location average of $119,838 for the frame. That represents the second largest per-location average for platform releases thus far in 2014 (behind only The Grand Budapest Hotel). The Imitation Game looks to be in store for a lengthy box office run throughout the awards season.


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