Box-office roundup – Dec. 7, 2014 – “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” has easy three peat

The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 - Donald Sutherland as President Snow1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $21.6 million [3rd week; $257.7 million]  For a third weekend, Katniss and company had an easy victory in retaining its box office spot. At this rate, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” will need a strong showing to topple it next weekend, but it may be a hard sell domestically and Chris Rock’s “Top 5” could also make for a tight race for the top spot.  My money is still somewhat leaning toward Katniss.

2. Penguins of Madagascar – $11.1 million [2nd week; $49.6 million] The latest entry in the Madagascar series looks like it will have the dubious distinction of being the only one to not make at least $100 entry. The series has been a popular one with families as the previous lowest grossing was the second installment, which earned $180 million.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 23. Horrible Bosses 2 – $8.5 million [2nd week; $36.1 million] While it had a respectable hold since its Thanksgiving week debut, the “Bosses” sequel just isn’t proving that attractive a movie option for audiences this time around. By its second weekend, the original film had earned $60 million.

4. Big Hero 6 – $8.1million [4th week; $177.5 million] Hiro and Baymax have kept audiences packing the theaters and it wouldn’t be that shocking to see it remain in the Top 5 after the interest in “Penguins” fades. It’s currently sitting as the fourth highest-grossing Disney Animation film, but it’s starting to cool down a bit and may actually not be able to catch “Wreck-It Ralph” with its $189 million total.

5. Interstellar – $8 million [4th week; $158.7 million] The sci-fi drama is holding well and is cruising for another solid week.