Monday, December 1, 2014

'The Hunger Games' Gobbles Up Thanksgiving Weekend

Audiences hungry for a movie on Thanksgiving weekend opted for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 over new releases Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2, both of which underperformed with $25.8 million ($35 million over the five-day weekend) and $15.7 million ($23 million for five-day), respectively. Compare that with Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted's opening weekend haul of $60.3 million and Horrible Bosses' $28.3 million.

With Thanksgiving weekend's $56.8 million gross, Mockingjay - Part 1 has earned $225.6 million so far. Matching its predecessor Catching Fire's domestic gross of $424.6 million is looking pretty well unlikely by this point. Or, put another way, the odds are not in its favor.

Big Hero 6 and Interstellar both hung onto their top five spots, the latter's box office actually increasing 3% from last weekend, even though it lost 350 theaters.

Coming out on top of a small crop of limited releases was Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which took in $482,000 in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, for a per-theater average of $120,500. That's the year's second-best per-theater debut, after Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel ($202,792). The Theory of Everything likewise had a good weekend, expanding from 140 theaters to 802 and seeing its box office jump more than 230% as a result.

Also making modest waves among new limited releases were Chinese rom-com Women Who Flirt ($80,000), the documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice ($32,000), horror film The Babadook ($27,000), and swimming doc Touch the Wall ($6,200).

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