‘The Hunger Games’ Rules Thanksgiving Box Office

By November 28, 2014

Last year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest grossing film ever on the Thanksgiving holiday, and it looks like that tradition is continuing with Katniss firmly in the lead this year in Mockingjay – Part 1.

According to Variety, the first half of the finale to The Hunger Games story brought in an estimated $14.6 million on Wednesday, while a later report put the Thanksgiving day total at $11.1 million. Over the course of the five-day period, analysts expect the film to earn as much as $80 million total, on top of its present gross of around $350 million worldwide, having just crossed the $200 million threshold in foreign markets. A solid number, but these projections put it pretty far below the stellar numbers of Catching Fire last year, which earned $109.9 million during the Thanksgiving period in 2013.

While there are a fair amount of choices at the box office for the long weekend, the film that came the closest to Mockingjay‘s Wednesday total was Penguins of Madagascar, which took in around $6.3 million, but is only expected to garner a little over half of the number that Mockingjay is expected to make in the same period.

Strictly adult fare is available, with the only box office contender of that variety being the R-rated Horrible Bosses 2, which brought in $4.2 million on Wednesday, with an expected total of around $30 million for the holiday period.

For more up-to-date box office information for the Thanksgiving period, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation this weekend!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.