Box-office roundup – Nov. 30 – “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” keeps odds in its favor

The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 - Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $56.8 million [2nd week; $225 million] – Jennifer Lawrence’s third Hunger Games maintained its dominance and easily retained its box office crown for a second weekend. Factoring in Thanksgiving tallies, the film earned $82.6 million over the last five days. While “Mockingjay” failed to measure up to the lofty opening of the first two films, its second weekend cruised to an easy win. “Catching Fire” has the highest Thanksgiving week performance with $110 million but “Mockingjay” had the third highest and held a very strong 53 percent from its opening week. Worldwide, it’s already earned $480 million. It should retain its top spot until mid-December when the final installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy arrives in theaters.

2. Penguins of Madagascar – $26 million [debut week – $36 million since Wed.] – Despite the strength of the Madagascar brand [Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Three-Disc Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD Combo + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)], Penguins didn’t exactly light the box office up or come remotely close to challenging “Mockingjay,” which was somewhat of a surprise considering the normally big weekend for family films following the Thanksgiving holiday break. “Rise of the Guardians (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + UltraViolet),” which was looked at as a major bomb, opened to $23.7 million in 2012 on its way to a gross of $103 million domestic total. Not doing much better isn’t a good sign for “Penguins” and its performance may have something to do with the third film on the Top 5.

Disney Fred, Honey Lemon, Hiro, Baymax, GoGo Tomago and Wasabi.

3. Big Hero 6 – $18.7 million [3rd week; $167 million total] Disney’s biggest hero continues to fly with audiences and it held up well despite direct competition with “Penguins,” nearly splitting the coveted family audience money. Not bad for a film that’s on its third week in theaters. In another two weeks, it will surpass Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) and trail only Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [$200 million] and “Frozen (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)” [$400 million] among the post-2005 November animated films from Disney Animation.

4. Interstellar – $16 million [3rd week; $147 million ] Also holding up well is Christopher Nolan’s space drama, which didn’t have the benefit of 3D or a popular franchise to lure audiences in with besides the impressive pedigree of its director and award winning cast.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 25. Horrible Bosses 2 – $15.7 million [debut week; $23 million since Wed.] Maybe the film’s core target demographic was too busy watching football or shopping TVs? Either way, the sequel had a terrible first weekend and limped into the Top 5, coming in well below the opening weekend take of the first film Horrible Bosses (Totally Inappropriate Edition + UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray], which earned $28 million in 2011. I still liked it, but this clearly indicates we won’t be getting a third installment.

  • keith

    yeah i was too busy sick and watching an ALL TIME GREAT BAYOU Classic. I may go today. But i avoided black friday like the plauge… #notonedime

  • Fred

    Not bad, a pretty solid second weekend by ‘Mockingjay’. Though it’s not going to reach 400 million domestic like the previous HG films it should have no problem reaching 300 million and beyond, it’s going to be a close call with this film and GOTG for domestic box office champ of 2014. But I don’t know Jeff, I don’t see ‘Mockingjay’ being number one for 4 weeks, 3 weeks yes. I think ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ will knock it from the top and be the number one film after it opens December 12.

  • Was the game worth checking out? I was out running around, but if you liked it, maybe I’ll watch it.

  • Definitely a good follow-up weekend and I really don’t see $400 million in its future either. Man, I’m terribly underwhelmed by that movie and much like “Noah,” I doubt I’ll bother watching it.

  • Fred

    I’m going to say ‘Mockingjay’ tops out between 320-340 million domestic, it’s going to be either number #1 or #2 domestic for 2014. I can’t say I’m excited about Exodus either, especially with the all white cast and no Egyptians in it. That being said Mockingjay will be in it’s 4th weekend when Exodus hits theaters and will probably be down to 16-18 million by that time and I see Exodus easily topping that number.

  • keith

    The game was one of the best I have seen. They broke the total scoring record by both thems. 99 points total. And the band marriage proposal is getting viral by now. A former fullback and now tech company owner had the band spell will you marry me for his lady. He also ask her daughter if she will accept him as his father. He is the most loved black man in america today lol. Even bleacher report trolls shut up for that. All in a great time to be had for us HBCU folks… battle of the bands of the game and the showcase are on youtube.

  • I’m definitely gonna have to check it out then. Thanks!

  • I’ll say $350M. Maybe I am sleeping on “Exodus,” but I just am not excited about that one at all.

  • Fred

    I don’t know Jeff, box office sites have said if ‘Mockingjay’ plays out like Catching fire did it will end up at around 325M, if those projections are true I definitely don’t see 350M. But this weekend will have a strong indication if I can reach 350M because Thanksgiving weekend is always a big boost to films like this. If Mockingjay is at or over 30M it will have a legitimate shot at 350M, but if it’s down in the low 20M’s forget it. “Exodus” might turn out to be nothing to write home about, but it’s still should have enough of a curiosity factor to beat out Mockingjay which will be in it’s 4th weekend by the time it releases.

  • I’ll be curious to see how it plays out. We’ll see who is right on the prognostication buddy 😉

  • Fred

    Lol yeah we will, what we definitely can both agree on is it won’t touch 400M. This will be the first year since 2011 where no film reached 400M domestic. Next year AOU is a guarantee to reach 400M and blow right pass it and I think ‘Force Awakens’ has a shot at reaching 400M domestic, I think how it holds up against ‘Mission Impossible’ the following weeks could help determine that. Since ‘Mockingjay part 2’ will be the final film in the series it will have shot at 400M, but usually after films take domestic dips in their series they never gain that money back so we’ll see. Fast and Furious 7 and James Bond 24 wl be big hits as well, but definitely nowhere near strong enough to reach 400M domestically.

  • Fred

    Jeff they need to change the color of words we type to a darker tone because it’s hard to see what you type with white words. I meant to say FF7 and JB24 ‘WILL’ be big hits as well haha.

  • Did you see that Force Awakens had more YouTube views than even Avengers? I dunno man, I’m thinking I may be right about that after all 😉

  • Fred

    I seen where Force Awakens had more Youtube views in a week, but so did Jurassic World so I wouldn’t too much stock in that my friend haha. Hell the BvS trailer might come out and get even more trailer views, t’s always the newest hottest latest attraction with people. But it’s always good when your film gets views because it means people are very interested in seeing the film. Now I think AOU first day views we’re over 34 million and Force Awakens had 20 million in a 24 hour period, it means people are looking forward to seeing these films. But I think earlier this that ‘Shades Of Grey’ film had more trailer views than any film this year, so we have to take these trailer views with a grain of salt as well. The numbers that’s really going to count Jeff is the money we spend to see these movies.

  • My bad. I see the problem but need to tinker around to figure out how to fix it for you all.

  • Lol. Good point. Next year is gonna be great for movies!

  • Fred

    Oh yeah it is, we’re going to see some big massive hits next year my friend make no mistakes about it. Ironically one of the top 2-3 films I’m looking most forward to seeing is the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton”, it obviously won’t be anywhere near one of the biggest films of 2015 but it’s easily one of my most anticipated films next year.

  • That’s probably No. 5 or 6 on my most-anticipated for next year.

  • Fred

    Jeff another thing that has me possibly even more excited about the NWA biopic is new potential new music from NWA. I would not be surprised if Cube, Dre, Ren and Yella made several new songs for the film that ends up on the soundtrack. When we hear some new music from those cats you’ll know I first called it haha.

  • Definitely. I’d be shocked if we didn’t get new music from them.

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