The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Tops Box Office for Second Straight Weekend

Posted on December 3, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore in a scene from The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 dominated the box office during its second weekend in theaters. The film followed its $121 million opening last weekend with a $56.9 million weekend. It easily fended off weak threats from openers Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2.

The big second weekend gives the third entry in the Hunger Games franchise a shot at eclipsing Guardians of the Galaxy for the top earning domestic film of the year. Guardians made over $331 million this year and Mockingjay Part 1 has already made over $230 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the top earning film in 2013 with a total gross of $424 million. The first Hunger Games film made $408 million in 2012 but finished third behind Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

The Penguins of Madagascar opened in second place and made $25 million. This was a weaker than expected opening for Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar franchise. Penguins was followed by Big Hero 6 which made $18.8 million during its fourth weekend in theaters. Interstellar finished fourth and added $15.7 million during its fourth weekend in theaters.

Horrible Bosses 2 had a weaker than expected opening. It made $15.4 million which was much smaller than the $28 million opening Horrible Bosses had in 2011. Horrible Bosses 2 was followed by Dumber and Dumber To which made $8.3 during its third weekend in theaters to bring its total gross to $72 million. Dumber To was followed by The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, Bird Man and St. Vincent. You can see the box office chart for the weekend here.

Mockingjay Part 1 has a shot at winning the box office for a third consecutive weekend this coming weekend. The horror film The Pyramid is the only new wide release challenge Mockingjay will be up against.

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