US Box Office Report

No new big releases means Mockingjay Part 1 is still top dog

By Rich Matthews

The weekend after the Thanksgiving marathon is traditionally barren of major studio releases, following the logic that nothing can open well in the post-Turkey slot except more turkeys. While we'll have to continue wondering what would have happened if Warner Bros had been ballsy and opened December 17's The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies this weekend, the year's bums-on-seats decline continued, following last weekend's 20 per cent drop from Thanksgiving 2013, with a further loss of 17 per cent for even this perennially quiet period.

So, even though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 declined a massive 62 percent to bag $21,600,000, taking it's US tally to $257.7m and worldwide gross to $560m, it was still enough to stay in pole position. Plus, Mockingjay is now only a couple of million away from overtaking Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the second most successful in the US this year – with only $70m to get to catch Cap's stablemate, Guardians Of The Galaxy, at the top. With Fox only opening The Pyramid on 589 screens at number nine with $1.4m, the rest of the chart is pretty as it has been for a few weeks now.

At two, Dreamworks' Penguins of Madagascar continued to underperform when it grossed $11,100,000 (US $49.6m, $143.4m worldwide), while Warner's R-rated comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 also stayed well below the original at three with $8.6m ($36.1m, $59.2m), Disney's latest animated success story Big Hero 6 took fourth with $8.1m ($177.5m, $240m), and Chris Nolan's epic Interstellar rounded out the top five with $8,000,000 ($158.7m, $593m).

At six, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still couldn't quite stop Dumb and Dumber To's freefall with $4.2m ($78.1m, $117m), Eddie Redmayne's take on Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything hung in there at seventh with $2,.7m ($13.6m), while David Fincher and Ben Affleck's Gone Girl keeps raking it in at eight with $1.5m ($162.9m, $336.2m). Jumping The Pyramid, the chart was topped off by Michael Keaton's postmodern Birdman taking $1.2m ($19m).

Next week, Sir Ridley Scott thumps bible by making Batman plays Moses in the Christian Bale-starring Exodus: Gods and Kings, then the aforementioned Hobbit bows the Wednesday before the updated Annie and Ben Stiller's Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb make a stab for your festive buck.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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