Weekend Box Office: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Wins Again

Weekend Box Office

Although Mockingjay – Part 1 might not reach Catching Fire‘s historic heights, it is not slowing down anytime soon.

The penultimate installment in the YA film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen was number one again at the box office in its second week in theaters with an estimated $56.9 million.

The animated spin-off Penguins of Madagascar opened in second place with $25.8 million, one of the lowest numbers for an animated film opening over Thanksgiving. Another DreamWorks’ Thanksgiving miss was 2012’s Rise of the Guardians which brought in $23,7 million.

Disney’s animated romp Big Hero 6 definitely made an impact on Penguin‘s grosses and take third with $18.8 million for the weekend. It’s still possible that Penguins will walk off with an impressive final gross during the holiday season, but DreamWorks must learn their lesson after Penguins and How to Train Your Dragon — “once you’ve made your property into a TV series, people aren’t as likely to pay to see another sequel in the theater.”

The other new wide release was the R-rated sequel to the 2011 hit Horrible Bosses which made $15.8 million for the three-day weekend, putting it at No. 5 just behind Interstellar. Horrible Bosses 2 is starting this holiday marathon race a bit hobbled.

Box Office Top Ten

I think Hollywood need to think with more strategic, because just a few sequels made great business: 22 Jump Street, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Purge: Anarchy, respectively.

The awards contender from Focus Features, The Theory of Everything cracked the top ten this weekend after expanding to 802 locations, earning a first weekend total of $482,000 for a location average of $120,500, the second-best showing of the year after Grand Budapest Hotel‘s $202,000 per screen in March.

There are no wide releases set for Friday, December 5, with one slight exception — Fox Searchlight will open the Reese Witherspoon starrer Wild in just New York and Los Angeles on December 3rd.