Sorry kids, but there weren’t any surprises at the box office over Thanksgiving weekend. As everyone predicted, the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” held on to first place, easily rolling over two new wide releases along the way
According to studio estimates, Mockingjay eased 53 percent in its second weekend, earning an estimated $56.9 million over the long holiday. So ar the latest installment of the Lionsgate franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence has earned $225.7 million domestically and $480 million worldwide. I guess this movie is doing just fine despite reports to the contrary.
Playing at 3,764 theaters, “Penguins of Madagascar” opened to an estimated $25.8 million this weekend. For the five-day weekend, the animated movie earned $36 million. Sounds good right? Not when you compare Penguins to the last two Madagascar movies which opened over $60 million each. And they did it over traditional three-day weekends.
According to distributor 20th Century Fox, the audience was 51 percent female and 58 percent under the age of 25. 3D showings accounted for 24 percent of sales. With an “A-” CinemaScore, solid reviews, and no new family competition for the next couple od weeks, Penguins should hold up decently, but it won’t be the blockbuster Dreamworks Animation desperately needed.
You could say DreamWorks Animation is in the middle of a slump. Four of the studios last six movies have opened below $33 million and closed below $115 million and that includes “Penguins of Madagascar.”
And the bomb of the week award goes to R rated comedy “Horrible Bosses 2.” Over the three-day weekend, “Horrible Bosses 2” had trouble making it to fifth place with $15.7 million. That’s down 45 percent from the first movie’s $28.3 million.
Even when you count the five-day weekend, the film only earned $23 million since Wednesday. And with poor reviews (35 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and mixed word-of-mouth (“B+” CinemaScore), it wouldn’t be surprising if Bosses winds up earning under $50 million when it’s all said and done.
Your top five leftovers:
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” $56.9 million
2. “Penguins of Madagascar,” $25.8 million
3. “Big Hero 6,” $18.7 million
4. “Interstellar,” $15.8 million
5. “Horrible Bosses 2,” $15.7 million