“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is continuing its box office hot streak.
The penultimate installment of the thriving YA film series has ruled the U.S. box office for the second weekend in a row, making turkeys out of competitors (and fellow sequels) “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Lionsgate’s “Mohckingjay – Part 1” scored $24.1 million on Friday as it heads for a weekend win with an estimated $56 million, bringing its five-day total to $82 million.
If estimates hold, the film will have earned $226 million domestically by weekend’s end. It had already crossed the $200 million mark internationally by Thursday.
However, “Mockingjay – Part 1,” which feasted on $11.1 million on Thanksgiving Day, is still behind “Catching Fire’s” record-breaking $110 million finish during last year’s five-day holiday.
“Penguins of Madagascar” came in second on Friday with $10.5 million. The spin-off of DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise is headed for $26 million in its first weekend. Its five-day total of $36 million is below initial estimates, which were as high as $44 million.
The previous installment of the $1.8 billion movie series, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” opened to $60 million in June of 2012. It ultimately hauled in $216.4 million in the U.S. ($746.9 million worldwide).
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The animated comedy-adventure, which cost $132 million to make, is voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights and Conrad Vernon.
Another newcomer, “Horrible Bosses 2,” came in fifth behind holdovers “Big Hero 6” and “Interstellar” in the holiday weekend of family-friendly fare. The R-rated comedy grossed $6.2 million on Friday and should hit $15.5 million this weekend. It will likely bring in just under $23 million by Sunday — far lower than the $35 million it was expected to make.
The first installment opened to $28 million in July of 2011 and went on to earn $117.5 million Stateside ($209.6 million worldwide).
The Warner Bros. comedy — produced by New Line for $43 million — reunites Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, and introduces Christoph Waltz and Chris Pines as villains.
“Big Hero 6,” which faced off against “Penguins of Madagascar” for family audiences, is still going strong in third place. Disney’s animated hit made $7.7 million on Friday and will likely earn $19 million in its fourth weekend for a five-day total of $26 million-plus, raising its domestic total to $168 million.
Meanwhile, “Interstellar” continues to float around in the box office stratosphere. Thanks to its Imax domination, the space epic made an estimated $6.6 million on Friday for a fourth place finish as it eyes between $16 million and $17 million this weekend. If estimates hold, Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey will have earned almost $23 million in five days for a domestic total of $148 million.
Although playing in only 802 theaters, Focus Features’ Oscar contender “The Theory of Everything” came in seventh on Friday with $1.9 million. It will cross the $5 million mark by Sunday for a five-day holiday frame gross of $6.4 million.
The Weinstein Company’s “The Imitation Game” — another biopic with plenty of Oscar buzz — opened to $181,130 on Friday in only four locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alan Turing biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch is set to earn the second best location average of the year — $129,000 — if it makes $516,000 by Sunday as expected.