REFILE-UPDATE 1-"Mockingjay" rumbles on to lead slow post-Thanksgiving weekend

Sun Dec 7, 2014 1:15pm EST
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By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Dec 7 (Reuters) - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1", starring Jennifer Lawrence as the young archer who rallies the downtrodden citizens of a dystopian society, collected $21.6 million to lead the box office charts for a third consecutive weekend.

DreamWorks Animation's "Penguins of Madagascar" was second with $11.1 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters during a slow post-Thanksgiving weekend, when moviegoers traditionally turn their attention toward shopping.

"This weekend will wind up down versus the same weekend a year ago, when 'Frozen' topped the chart with $31.6 million," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at tracking firm Rentrak.

"Horrible Bosses 2", starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as entrepreneurs who help to stage a kidnapping to get ahead, was third with $8.6 million in sales for the three days from Friday through Sunday, according to Rentrak estimates.

"Mockingjay" has collected $257.7 million since its Nov. 21 release, according to Rentrak. Based on author Suzanne Collins's best-selling book, the movie has a global total of more than $560 million. The film's performance put it on track to become the year's second-highest grossing film, behind only "Guardians of the Galaxy," early this week, Rentrak said.

But "Mockingjay" will likely finish below last year's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", according to Box Office Mojo, which said November's overall box office total was down 4 percent from 2013's. For the year it forecast a 3 percent drop from the $10.6 billion recorded last year.

Rounding out this week's top five, Disney's "Big Hero 6" was fourth with $8.1 million. It has totaled $177.5 million since its Nov. 7 release. Director Christopher Nolan's space adventure "Interstellar" was fifth with $8 million. The film starring Matthew McConaughey has total domestic sales of $158.7 million.   Continued...