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NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Estimates: 'Mockingjay – Part 1' Easily Leads Thanksgiving with 5-Day Take of $82.7M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' a Distant Second with $36.0M 5-Day Start; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Struggles with $23.0M in 5 Days on November 29, 2014

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Sunday Update:

By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 comfortably remained in first place this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $56.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence took in an estimated $82.69 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 zoomed past the $200 million mark this weekend and has grossed $225.69 million in ten days. While Mockingjay - Part 1 is already the seventh highest grossing domestic release of 2014 so far, 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 an estimated $25.8 million over the three-day frame. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation has grossed an estimated $36.0 million in its first five days, which is below pre-release expectations. Compared to previous Thanksgiving family releases, Penguins of Madagascar opened 11 percent ahead of the $32.34 million five-day start of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 13 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 an estimated $15.7 million fifth place take over the three-day frame. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. took in an estimated $23.01 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 36 percent behind the $36.13 million five-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday) and 50 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 an estimated $18.77 million, which was down a very slim 7 percent from last weekend. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios took in an estimated $26.01 million over the five-day frame. Big Hero 6 has grossed $167.21 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 an estimated $15.8 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up a terrific 3 percent over last weekend. Interstellar took in an estimated $22.01 million over the five-day frame and has grossed $147.09 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 an estimated $8.3 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 an estimated $11.6 million over the five-day frame and has grossed a solid $72.21 million in 17 days.

The Theory of Everything had a very promising expansion this weekend with an estimated $5.08 million over the three-day weekend. 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 $6,337 from 802 locations. The film has grossed $9.60 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 start this weekend with an estimated $482,071 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Weinstein Company drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch generated a massive per-location average of $120,518 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.

Saturday Update:

By Shawn Robbins

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to the holiday weekend. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday, December 1.

Lionsgate reports The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $24.1 million on Black Friday, bringing its 8-day domestic haul to $192.7 million. Although pacing 24 percent behind its predecessor, the penultimate franchise chapter is on pace to easily win its second consecutive weekend. BoxOffice projects $56.6 million 3-day and $81.9 million 5-day frames.

Fox/DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar pulled another $10.5 million in second place yesterday, giving the animated spin-off $20.7 million in the bank through three days of release. Early word of mouth is decent for the target audience, generating a 74 percent Flixster user score so far. The flick is trending 16 percent ahead of the most recent Thanksgiving release from DreamWorks, Rise of the Guardians. BoxOffice projects 3-day and 5-day openings of $26.9 million and $37.1 million, respectively.

Disney's Big Hero 6 moved back into the top three on Friday with $7.74 million. The toon has amassed $156.2 million to-date, 12 percent more than Wreck-It Ralph through the same point. Look for respective 3-day / 5-day numbers around $19.4 million / $26.6 million.

Moving up one spot to fourth place yesterday was Interstellar. Paramount reports the Christopher Nolan epic added $6.6 million to its domestic haul, giving it $137.9 million to-date. BoxOffice projects $15.9 million for the 3-day weekend and $22.1 million for the 5-day.

Rounding out the top five on Black Friday, Horrible Bosses 2 continued to under-perform as it fell two spots and earned $6.2 million. The comedy sequel has earned $13.5 million since opening Wednesday and is off the pace of its predecessor by 52 percent. Unfortunately, with a 36 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and 64 percent Flixster score, the pic's long-term prospects aren't encouraging. BoxOffice is projecting $15.5 million for the 3-day weekend and $22.8 million for the overall 5-day opening.

In limited release, Focus Features' The Theory of Everything took in a solid $1.93 million yesterday. That brings the Stephen Hawking biopic up to $6.4 million domestically as it prepares to ride a wave of great buzz through the holiday and awards season. BoxOffice projects $5.1 million and $6.55 million for the 3-day and 5-day frames, respectively.

Last, but not least, TWC's The Imitation Game got off to an excellent start in its 4-theater debut yesterday. The Alan Turing biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch bagged $181,130 to begin its platform release--netting a stellar per-theater average of $45,283 in just one day. That bests the 4-location Black Friday opening of 2011's The Artist by a whopping 140 percent, while also eclipsing Birdman's $135,602 4-location opening day in October. Genre-wise, a noteworthy comparison is 2001's A Beautiful Mind--it earned $108,163 from 11 theaters ($9,833 per location) on opening day (however, the eventual 2001 Best Picture Oscar-winner opened four days before Christmas that year). Regardless, The Imitation Game is well-poised to enjoy a long holiday run thanks to fantastic awards buzz and early word of mouth. BoxOffice projects the film will net around $480,000 this weekend.

The projected weekend top 10 is:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ($56.3 million 3-day / $81.9 million 5-day)
2. Penguins of Madagascar ($26.9 million 3-day / $37.1 million 5-day)
3. Big Hero 6 ($19.4 million / $26.6 million)
4. Interstellar ($15.9 million / $22.1 million)
5. Horrible Bosses 2 ($15.5 million / $22.8 million)
6. Dumb and Dumber To ($8.4 million / $11.7 million)
7. The Theory of Everything ($5.1 million / $6.45 million)
8. Gone Girl ($2.3 million / $3.1 million)
9. Birdman ($1.86 million / $2.4 million)
10. St. Vincent ($1.85 million / $2.4 million) 

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.


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