Now that the Thanksgiving holiday box office stretch has wound down, a clear winner can be declared. Unsurprisingly, it’s Katniss Everdeen.
According to reports at Variety, the first part of Mockingjay took in just over what it was expected to by bringing its weekend tally to $82.7 million in the stretch from Wednesday – Sunday. While not as high as last year’s staggering $110 million for Catching Fire, the Hunger Games franchise is still proving to be a strong contender, easily pushing out other weekend offerings like Horrible Bosses 2 and even Penguins of Madagascar. The good news for Mockingjay doesn’t stop there either, as new reports detailing the foreign box office take for the film show that it pulled $67 million from 85 overseas markets, for a full worldwide total of $480 million and counting.
Other positive box office news is centered on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi mind-trip Interstellar, which picked up $44.4 million at the international box office, pushing its worldwide total past the $500 million mark, with the current tally standing at just over $542 million. Its popularity is even potent in China, where its earned over $100 million there alone.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, the top three films were the aforementioned The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($109.9 million), Frozen ($93.5 million), and Thor: The Dark World ($15.5 million). Overall, the box office did bigger business this year when compared to last, but the vast majority of that rests on the shoulders of Mockingjay. We’ll have to see if the series’ grand finale can hold onto the Thanksgiving crown next year, too.
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