Cartoons at the box office: No new releases leads to another “Hunger Games” win

As I noted last week, there’s not a single wide new release for this weekend (a few limited-release films don’t count). As such, this is one of the slowest weekends of the year.

Topping the box office is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” which earned $21.6 million (-62.1% from last weekend). Its totals now stand at $257.7 million domestic, $302.8 million overseas, and $560.5 million globally. Forbes notes it’s tied for the third top-grossing film of the year with “The LEGO Movie,” and should surpass “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”‘s $259.8 million this week to become the second domestic top-grossing film of the year (after “Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Elsewhere, “Penguins of Madagascar” came in second place again, earning $11.1 million (-56.4%). The film’s earned $49.6 million domestic and $93.8 million overseas, for a global total of $143.4 million. While it’s doing well overseas as long predicted, domestically, it’s doing not as well—even “Rise of the Guardians” and “Turbo” had both¬†earned more than “Penguins” by this point, according to Forbes.

“Big Hero 6” came in fourth place, earning $8.1 million (-56.8%). The superhero film’s earnings so far stand at $177.5 million domestic and $62.8 million overseas, or a global total of $240.3 million. Forbes states “Big Hero 6” should soon surpass what “Wreck-It Ralph” made domestically.

“Interstellar” came in fifth place, earning $8 million (-49.2%). Its totals stand at $158.7 million domestic, $434.4 million overseas, and $593.1 million globally.

“The Theory of Everything” stayed in seventh place, earning $2.7 million (-46.8%). The Stephen Hawking biopic has made $13.6 million to date.

“Gone Girl” has yet to disappear, coming in eighth place again and earning $1.5 million (-39.2%). Its totals stand at $162.9 million domestic, $173.4 million overseas, and $336.3 million globally.

Finally, “Birdman” came in tenth place (behind low-budget horror film “The Pyramid” opening in ninth place), earning $1.2 million (-38.6%). It’s pulled in $19.7 million so far.

Next weekend sees one big release, the Biblical-themed (yet not ethnically diverse) film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

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