‘Mockingjay’ tops ‘Penguins,’ ‘Horrible Bosses’

By Derrik J. Lang, AP

LOS ANGELES–Moviegoers wanted another helping of ��The Hunger Games.��

��The Hunger Games: Mockingjay �X Part One�� ruled the Thanksgiving holiday box office for a second weekend in a row with US$56.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The total haul for the latest installment of the Lionsgate dystopian series starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands at US$225.7 million in the U.S. and US$254.4 million internationally.

��Penguins of Madagascar�� opened in second place with a chilly US$25.8 million. The animated spin-off centers on the penguin characters from DreamWorks Animation’s ��Madagascar�� franchise. ��Penguins�� fared better overseas, where the film earned an additional US$36 million.

Disney’s animated romp ��Big Hero 6�� and Paramount’s space-time saga ��Interstellar�� respectively held onto the third and fourth positions with US$18.7 million and US$15.8 million in their fourth weekend at the box office. The U.S. total for ��Big Hero 6�� has ballooned to US$167.2 million, while filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s ��Interstellar�� is orbiting US$147 million.

The Warner Bros. comedy sequel ��Horrible Bosses 2�� with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprising their roles from the original 2011 movie debuted in fifth place with US$15.7 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak, noted the overall box office was down 21 percent from last year when ��The Hunger Games: Catching Fire�� and ��Frozen�� dominated the box office.

��It was a situation where there was no way the box office could live up to the strength of the marketplace a year ago at Thanksgiving,�� said Dergarabedian. ��We had two unusually strong films at the top last year that completely knocked it out of the park.��