Box office race is a foregone conclusion
The ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ is heading for an easy win at the North American Thanksgiving weekend box office after grossing $24m on Friday. It represents a so-so 55% fall from last week’s opening but doesn’t compare favourably with the $31.5m that its predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’, racked up on the corresponding Friday last year. The YA blockbuster should finish the five-day session around $82m.
DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ finished second on Friday with a slightly disappointing $10.5m during its third day in play. An ‘A-‘ CinemaScore from first night audiences should draw family audiences on Saturday and Sunday but the animation adventure is still unlikely to finish the long weekend much above $37m.
The session’s other wide opener, ‘Horrible Bosses 2’, made little impression. The R-rated comedy earned a poor $6.1m on Friday and will struggle to reach $24m over the five days even allowing for its reasonable ‘B+’ CinemaScore.price of zithromax z pak