December 8, 2014 10:53 am

‘Mockingjay’ tops slow weekend at box office


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LOS ANGELES – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards season hopefuls Wild and The Imitation Game proved their might with impressive limited release showings on this sleepy post-U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.

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In its third weekend in release, Mockingjay – Part 1 earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.

And yet, even though Mockingjay – Part 1 is on track to become the second-highest grossing movie of the year by mid-week, it’s still about $78 million shy of where the previous installment, Catching Fire, was in its third weekend just last year.

Penguins of Madagascar took second place with $11.1 million in its second weekend, while the raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses 2 claimed third place with $8.6 million. The fourth and fifth place spots went to the animated Big Hero 6 and space odyssey Interstellar, which earned $8.13 million and $8.0 million respectively.

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Horror pic The Pyramid just barely cracked the top 10 in its debut weekend with a less-than-stellar $1.35 million from 589 locations.

Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, opened in 21 theatres Wednesday, earning an estimated $630,000 over three days for a strong $30,000 per-theatre average. The Oscar-winning actress has been getting lots of buzz for her soul-searching turn in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller.

The biggest success story of the weekend is the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which took in an estimated $402,000 from eight locations for a stunning $50,250 per-theatre average. Star Benedict Cumberbatch is also expected to be a major contender on the awards circuit this season.

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