'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$34,500,000-52%3,9692$8,692$137,452,8442Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$26,500,000--2,806--$9,444$26,500,0001Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,000,000--3,826--$4,443$17,000,0001Disney
4Sex Tape$16,500,000--3,062--$5,389$16,500,0001Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,000,000-45%3,224-689$2,792$226,156,8884Paramount
6Tammy$7,000,000-44%3,402-63$2,058$70,648,0963Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,500,000-31%2,229-582$2,019$180,309,1116Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,600,000-41%2,169-716$1,660$160,471,8956Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,300,000-40%2,450-780$1,347$32,019,3143Relativity Media
11Begin Again$2,500,000-11%1,302363$1,920$9,225,6664Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,670,000-30%1,030-75$1,621$11,413,6964Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,500,000-68%1,491-1558$1,006$29,183,7503Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,005,000-60%1,003-965$1,002$44,238,7205Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Edge of Tomorrow$1,004,000-45%602-501$1,668$96,518,6507Warner Bros.
2Chef$1,000,000-21%552-149$1,812$25,811,68511Open Road
3Think Like a Man Too$975,000-59%628-603$1,553$63,839,3275Sony / Screen Gems
4The Fault in Our Stars$750,000-50%557-445$1,346$121,533,0787Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$650,000-37%387-268$1,680$230,424,6629Fox
6Rio 2$290,000-26%256-29$1,133$130,225,98815Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Belle$105,000-24%92-15$1,141$10,442,68412Fox Searchlight
2I Origins$30,000--4--$7,500$30,0001Fox Searchlight