Despite a rather slow post-Thanksgiving weekend for this year, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” now showing on its third weekend, was able to garner $21.6 million in the domestic box office. This means that the movie now has earned $257.7 million domestically. In addition to this, it also garnered $31.6 million in the international market.
Though most considered this to be quite an accomplishment for a movie hit, hardly anyone in the movie industry has been cheering for joy. Because, despite it being just a few steps away in becoming the second-highest grossing movie of 2014, “Mockingjay Part 1” is about $78 million shy from the earnings its predecessor, “Catching Fire,” was able to get last year on its third weekend.
In addition to this, according to box office tracker Rentrak, with the overall domestic box office generating between $77M and $79M, this may be considered to be the lowest post-Thanksgiving day December frame since 1998’s $72.8M.
Aside from “Mockingjay,” other films currently showing in the movie houses include “Penguins of Madagascar” earning $11.1 million in its second weekend, “Horrible Bosses 2” with $8.6 million, “Big Hero 6” earning $8.13 million, and “Interstellar” with $8.0 million. Also joining in the top 10 are “Dumb and Dumber To” with $4.17 million, “The Theory of Everything” with $2.67 million, “Gone Girl” with $1.5 million, and “Birdman” with $1.15 million. In its debut weekend, the movie “The Pyramid” has earned $1.35 million from its 589 opening locations.
“It's one of those status quo, boring weekends. But it's not boring in the specialized or indie world. For me that's where the excitement is,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst of Rentrak.
Fortunately for the movie industry, some big hopefuls are soon to be expected for movie release, among of these are “Annie,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Into the Woods,” “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and “Unbroken.”
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