'Mockingjay' Still Leads on Wednesday with $14.55M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' Takes $6.25M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Starts Softly w/ $4.25MNovember 27, 2014 02:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Mar. 11 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 11 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Time Machine$1,779,890-71%2,944--$605$24,390,6391DreamWorks
2We Were Soldiers$1,105,771-70%3,1430$352$41,662,5542Paramount
3All About the Benjamins$817,848-71%1,505--$543$10,827,9091New Line
440 Days and 40 Nights$627,428-63%2,399174$262$23,410,0942Miramax
5John Q.$455,243-69%2,382-74$191$60,154,3384New Line
6Return to Never Land$398,522-74%2,498-120$160$41,896,3474Disney
7A Beautiful Mind$349,676-65%1,793-169$195$144,628,61510Universal
8Big Fat Liar$312,941-72%2,074-158$151$43,620,1585Universal
10The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$247,796-69%1,210-93$205$291,393,19112New Line