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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.

Fandango: 'The Hunger Games - Mockingjay - Part 1' & 'Penguins of Madagascar' Lead Holiday Weekend Sales; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Outpacing Predecessor on November 26, 2014

nov26.pngLOS ANGELES - November 25, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, fans continue to flock to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," which amassed a high-flying 90 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, and ranks as this weekend's top advance ticket-seller. Thanksgiving openers are looking solid, with "Penguins of Madagascar" and "Horrible Bosses 2," scoring 87 and 84 points, respectively.

"Penguins" is outselling "The Croods" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," while "Horrible Bosses 2" is outpacing "Horrible Bosses" and "We're the Millers" at the same point in those films' sales cycles.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Penguins" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 85% have seen all three previous "Madagascar" films with their kids;

· 83% plan to see the movie as part of a Thanksgiving weekend family outing;

· 65% claim Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich in the voice cast made them more excited to see the movie.


"For the new releases this holiday weekend, adult audiences will eat up the raucous, fast-paced comedy ‘Horrible Bosses 2,' featuring Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a villain you love to hate, while families with young children will be thankful for the lighthearted laughs, non-stop action and positive themes in the animated adventure ‘Penguins,' co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the grey wolf leader," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "In limited release, Cumberbatch fans will want to check out his award-worthy performance in ‘The Imitation Game,' one of the year's very best pictures."

On Fandango's weekly movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down the new releases and catches up with "Horrible Bosses 2" stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. When asked to describe why "Bosses" makes sense as a Thanksgiving movie, Sudeikis playfully points out that "laughing burns calories!" The full episode can be viewed at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

 

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Passes $130M Mark After $8.98M Monday Take on November 25, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $8.98 million on Monday to easily lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 65 percent from Sunday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 64 percent on its first Monday to gross $12.32 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 surpassed the $130 million mark on Monday and has grossed $130.88 million in four days. While Mockingjay - Part 1 is off to the largest four-day start of 2014, the film is performing below pre-release expectations and is running a significant 23 percent behind the massive $170.39 million four-day start of Catching Fire.

Disney's Big Hero 6 placed in second with $2.18 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down 64 percent from Sunday and up a strong 67 percent over last Monday, as the approaching Thanksgiving holiday is already providing a boost to the film and the marketplace in general. Big Hero 6 continues to perform well with $137.93 million in 18 days. That places the film 11.5 percent ahead of the $123.69 million 18-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

Paramount's Interstellar claimed third place with $1.73 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film fell 60 percent from Sunday and a healthy 20 percent from last Monday. Interstellar has grossed $122.66 million after 18 days of wide release. That places the film 27.5 percent behind the $169.28 million 18-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 took fourth place with $1.19 million. Universal's long awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels continues to display signs of significant front-loading, as the film was down 66 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. Dumb and Dumber To has grossed $58.92 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $60 million mark today. While Dumb and Dumber To is running in line with expectations, the film is highly likely to continue to lose momentum quickly going forward.

Trailer News: First 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Launch In 30 North American Theaters Over Thanksgiving Weekend on November 24, 2014

sw.pngDisney and the official StarWars.com website officially announced the 30 theaters that will screen the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, exclusively from Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30.

The site also reports the teaser will be 88 seconds long and will begin screening in theaters around the world after the coming weekend.

Check out the full list of participating theaters at the link above.


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