Weekend Box Office: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Chases ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ For Highest Grossing Film Of The Year, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ And ‘Big Hero 6’ Round Off Top 3Settling down


Settling down in a movie theater after the craze of Black Friday shopping may sound like a good idea at first.

One might find however that it’s not such a good idea if the movie is a giant snooze fest.

Luckily this weekend’s top films are anything but.

After a relatively slow Thanksgiving box office, the weekend numbers from Black Friday and estimates for the rest of the weekend have been released.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” continues its reign in the number one spot as it chases “Guardians of the Galaxy” for the title of highest grossing film of 2014.

Meanwhile, tis the season for animated films as Dreamworks’ “Penguins of Madagascar” and Disney’s “Big Hero 6” complete the top three in this weekend’s box office.

Last year around the time that “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was being released, director Francis Lawrence talked to i09 about his decision to slightly change Peeta’s character.

“Yeah we made an effort to change Peeta a little bit.

We just felt that he was a little too helpless.

At times he can feel like a piece of baggage,” said Lawrence.

“We wanted to make sure that he was a little more vital.

He can’t injured all the time, he can’t be getting carried around all the time, he can’t be getting saved all the time.” Fans who read “The Hunger Games” novel series by Suzanne Collins probably saw this as foreshadowing for Peeta’s ultimate transformation in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Without spoiling too much, let’s just say that Josh Hutcherson had his work cut out for him in this installment.

In fact, this is likely what will help “The Hunger Games” have the staying power necessary to compete with Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy” for the number one box office spot of 2014.

There’s only one month to go for latest “The Hunger Games” franchise film, but since it is already #10 in the yearly box office according to Box Office Mojo , perhaps it’s not hopeless yet.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is expected to add another $56.3 million by Sunday.

The rest of the weekend box office is one of animation as “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Big Hero 6” round off the top three.

According to Box Office Pro , the Dreamworks “Madagascar” spin off is expected to finish the weekend with $26.9 million in second place.

Finally, Disney’s teenage superhero group should take another $19.4 million in its third weekend.

As the holiday season continues, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” will likely continue to reign supreme until it runs into Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and the next “Hobbit” installment.     

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