×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Rules Black Friday With $24.1 Million as ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Stumbles

“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).

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Between Worlds Nicolas Cage

    Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff to Star in Pulse Films’ Truffle Hunter Movie ‘Pig’

    Nicolas Cage is a truffle hunter who wants his pig back in “Pig,” which started production Monday in Oregon. The film, which Michael Sarnoski will direct from his own script, will also star Alex Wolff (“Hereditary”). Pulse Films, BlockBox Entertainment, Valparaiso Pictures and Cage’s Saturn Pictures are producing in association with Escape Artists and Sweet [...]

  • Sid Haig Dies Devil's Rejects

    Sid Haig, Horror Actor in Rob Zombie Trilogy, Dies at 80

    Sid Haig, known for his role as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” trilogy, died Saturday. He was 80. His wife announced the news on Instagram. Haig had a fall several weeks ago and suffered serious breathing complications after arriving at the hospital. He died of a lung infection. “On Saturday, September [...]

  • France Boasts Europe's Highest Number of

    France Still Boasts Europe's Highest Number of Theater Screens Per Capita

    France, Europe’s No. 1 movie-going nation, still boasts the continent’s highest number of screens per capita, according to a new study conducted by the French National Film Board (CNC). As of last year, France had 2,040 theaters and 6,000 screens – 69 more screens than in 2017. Out of the 2,040 theaters, 226 are multiplexes. [...]

  • Arab Genre Film

    Arab Genre Films Get Boost From Beirut's Maskoon Lab (EXCLUSIVE)

    Just as Netflix tries to gain traction in the Middle East by backing local genre series, such as its first Arab original, “Jinn,” from Jordan, and Egypt’s upcoming “Paranormal,” Beirut’s Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival is launching the region’s first platform dedicated to genre films. Five Arabic-language projects, ranging from a zombie comedy to a supernatural [...]

  • Simon Yam in "Little Q"

    China Box Office: Hong Kong Dog Film 'Little Q' Leads the Pack

    As China gears up for a big political anniversary and national holiday, its box office has been dominated by innocuous animal films and local fare capable of keeping censors happy but unable to make that huge of a splash. None of the top four weekend titles has scored more than 7 out of 10 on [...]

  • Vendrá-la-muerte-y-tendrá-tus-ojos

    Watch Trailer for ‘Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    SAN SEBASTIAN — “Death Will Come And Shall Have Your Eyes” Italy’s Cesare Pavese wrote memorably in a poem that enchanted Chilean film director José Luis Torres Leiva a decade or so back. Now he delivers a film of that title which world premieres at San Sebastian in main competition and talks about death without, [...]

  • Ad Astra Box Office

    Box Office: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Ad Astra' and 'Rambo' Prove Power of Older Audiences

    Older audiences still care about going to the movies. That’s the takeaway after Hollywood profited by providing cinephiles of drinking age with compelling content last weekend. Three new nationwide releases — Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey,” Disney-Fox’s “Ad Astra” and Lionsgate’s “Rambo: Last Blood” — catering to these crowds enjoyed a promising start. Most notably, “Downton Abbey,” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content