Cartoons at the box office: “Mockingjay” rakes in $123 million

Although everyone knew it’d be a foregone conclusion, the next-to-last “Hunger Games” film, “Mockingjay: Part 1,” has pulled in the biggest opening weekend of the year. “Mockingjay,” based on the final “Hunger Games” book, opened with $123 million. While it’s a massive hit, it didn’t make nearly as much money as its previous few films’ opening weekends. Box Office Mojo guesses it might be the result of splitting the final book into two films and/or being the least-popular book in the series. I’d wonder if the snowstorm that hit out east might’ve impacted things, as well—a sizable number of people unable or unwilling to go to the movies. Not that it matters—the film’s also already earned $152 million overseas, for a global total of $275 million. It also only cost $125 million to make, according to Forbes, so it’s already made a profit.

Elsewhere, “Big Hero 6” came in second place, earning $20.1 million (-42.1% from last weekend). Its totals to date stand at $135.7 million domestic, $49.5 million overseas, and $185.2 million globally. Forbes notes that while it’s no “Frozen,” it’s doing better than “Wreck-It Ralph,” which is good news.

“Interstellar” came in third place with $15.1 million (-46.7%). Its totals stand at $120.7 million domestic, a lopsided $329 million overseas (73% of its take to date), and a global total of $449.7 million.

“Gone Girl” dropped to fifth place, earning $2.8 million (-38.3%). Its totals to date stand at $156.8 million domestic, $170.9 million overseas, and $327.7 million globally. If curious, fourth place was “Dumb and Dumber To,” which dropped 61% in box office from last weekend.

“Birdman” rose to ninth place, earning $1.9 million (-24.9%). It’s earned a total of $15.2 million to date.

“The Theory of Everything,” a biopic about the life of Stephen Hawking, got slightly wider distribution this weekend, rising to tenth place at the box office. “Theory” earned $1.5 million this weekend (+104%), and has earned $2.8 million to date.

That finishes the biggest grossing weekend of the year. Next weekend’s the Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US, with two films opening: comedy sequel “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Madagascar” spinoff “The Penguins of Madagascar.” The latter should be a big hit overseas—two-thirds of the “Madagascar” films’ box office take come from outside North America. Here, however, “Big Hero 6” will still provide the penguins with competition.

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