“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was the biggest hit of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, raking in $56.9 million on just the weekend and $82.7 million over a five day stretch. The film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen and which was adapted from the popular book series, is the third installment of the movie series.
Even still, according to reports, the film’s opening was seen as somewhat of a disappointment even though it crushed all of its competition, which included new releases such as two other sequels, “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Horrible Bosses 2” starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day. Last year, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” banked $110 million and was released at the same time of the year, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In total, “Mockingjay Part 1” was down 20 percent from last year.
Other movies that remained in the top 10 at the box office included “Interstellar”, the latest film from “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan , “Big Hero 6” and the Farelly brothers’ follow up to their 1994 smash hit, “Dumb and Dumber To”. Susan McGalla is hoping to catch all of the movies at some point. Last year’s “Hunger Games” sequel had the third best Thanksgiving holiday weekend of all time.