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'Mockingjay' Devours Thanksgiving Turkey and Leftovers Too - Weeks 4 & 5

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Big Hero 6
Dumb and Dumber To
The Penguins of Madagascar
Horrible Bosses 2
Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday in America. A time to give thanks for the many blessings we have. A time to remember those First World Problems are just that. A time when Broadway sends all their latest musicals against the Macy's Day Parade wall only to see none of them stick. Most importantly, we get to forget all these altruistic feelings once Black Friday sales start as early as Thursday Night. It's a good thing too, as, truth be told, being thoughtful for a whole day is asking a lot.

What used to also be a tradition was flocking to movie theaters. Maybe it's the cyber sales or the actually good football games scheduled, but this was a season when none of the new films gained much flight. Perhaps this makes a lot more sense when you consider one of the films featured birds who can't fly.

Penguins of Madagascar is the second spin-off series attempted by DreamWorks after 2011's Puss in Boots which did so "just ok" that its sequel is still four years away. (Apparently, seven years is enough space for people to be ready for a second film to a franchise they weren't excited about in the first place. I guess this is what happens when accountants plan your release schedule instead of, I don't know, ideas.) Penguins followed up that spinning success by opening with a five-day $35.4 million. This figure might not seem so disheartening until you realize that places it right between the classics Flubber and The Haunted Mansion on the Thanksgiving five-day total chart. Suffice to say, I don't think even DreamWorks is going to schedule a sequel seven years from now after these Penguins have turned out black & white & red all over.

In its second weekend Penguins continued to lose air by dropping 56% and now is swimming with a $49.6 million total. The only way this film makes the Top Five now is if we have a theater strike and no new movies open. On a bigger scale, has anyone sent medical attention over to DreamWorks yet? I'm getting really worried for them. They've only had two movies gross more than $20 million more than their production budgets in their last ten films. For a studio that was literally rolling in green with Shrek, they've been adrift for years now.

Horrible Bosses 2 hoped its sleeper summer success could translate to that stuffing and gravy crowd. That idea was more horrible than their bosses. With a five-day severance package of $22.8 million, Horrible Bosses 2 snuggled right in for a nice cup of cocoa with other Thanksgiving Openings as Old Dogs and Oliver Stone's Alexander. Well done on your business plan, gentlemen. Over-expanding too soon has been the death of more than one small business.

To its credit, Horrible Bosses 2 only dropped 44% in its second weekend. However, with a $36.1 million 10-day total, which is what Dumb and Dumber To pulled off in three days, they can consider this their two-week notice. It'll be off screens once all the Hobbits, Annies, Museums, and other Xmas time films have hit the multiplexes.

Given the lack of competition, it's not much of a surprise that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 continued to soar, even if the flight path has been slightly changed.

The good news? Mockingjay fell an almost identical 53% over Thanksgiving weekend as Catching Fire did last year. Nicely done, District 13. Way to represent! The bad news? Since Mockingjay was already off from Catching Fire's start, that amounted to almost $30 million less than the previous Turkey Day. Now, $82.6 million is a mighty five-day haul by normal standards for Mockingjay. Nothing's been normal about The Hunger Games though as it's a movie series that's truly trumped all preconceived expectations.

As it flew into its third weekend, Mockingjay swooped 62%. Again, almost an identical descent as Catching Fire, yet any economist can tell you, you can't make up for starting with less. The third entry currently stands tall with $258.1 million in 17 days. The reality that this is now $80 million less than Catching Fire caught in the same time span just shows how much less The Capital can make without District 12 around.

As to our other leftovers from the feast, Big Hero 6 continues to show it's the kids film of the season. In its fifth weekend it still made only a few million less than the much fresher Penguins and now Big Hero 6 is very heroic with a $177.5 million total. Interstellar has stayed grounded, even if that's a good thing in this case. $158.4 million is not a bad piece of work for a three-hour Sci-Fi opus featuring the dustiest farmlands since The Grapes of Wrath. Dumb and Dumber To stayed true to its dumbness and has a lower IQ than average with a $78.2 million gross. Looks like we're going to cross the nine-year mark since Jim Carrey last starred in a live-action $100 million hit. Don't call me a Liar Liar!

The Top Five If Today Was Martin Luther King Jr. Observance:
#1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - $258.2 million
#2. Big Hero 6 - $177.5 million
#3. Interstellar - $158.4 million
#4. Dumb and Dumber To - $78.2 million
#5. Penguins of Madagascar - $49.4 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/09/2014

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Big Hero 6, Dumb and Dumber To, Horrible Bosses 2, Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The Penguins of Madagascar
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