Thanksgiving, which was once a holiday dominated by TV specials, family meals, and little to no businesses open, has now become a day for an alternative activity: going to the movies.
For those not interested in spending the entire day at home, Thanksgiving marks two new studio releases and the second week of Katniss Everdeen.
Box analysts predict that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” will continue to hold the top spot in the box office and take in another $54 million.
Meanwhile, new releases “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Horrible Bosses 2” are expected to take the number two and number three spots respectively.
Recently Collider talked to “Horrible Bosses 2” star Jason Bateman about how he kept it together through all the hilarious scenes that would make anyone else die of laughter.
“Yeah, there was a lot of messing up, a lot of giggles, but we – it’s like you can’t make your kids laugh, we can’t make each other laugh that way,” explained Bateman.
“We know each other’s fast ball and we know when it’s coming. We’re just kind of used to it. We were pretty serious about wanting to make this thing not suck.” Commitment to performance is perhaps the advice acting coaches give in the case of successfully executing a comedy, but based on this quote from Bateman, it helps when you’re close with your co-stars.
That closeness is perhaps why box office analysts at Box Office Pro predict that the comedy will take in $25 million through its early release and Thanksgiving day.
By Sunday, projections put “Horrible Bosses 2” at an estimated $47 million.
The top two places in the Thanksgiving box office will belong to franchise films, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Dreamworks’ spin-off from the main “Madagascar” animals is predicted to take in between $41-$45 million over the course of the Thanksgiving weekend according to Deadline .
Finally, any “Hunger Games” holdouts wanting to save the movie for a Holiday activity are expected to make “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” the number one film in its second week.
The Jennifer Lawrence dystopian YA movie is expected to take in another $65 million.
For those looking to escape forced family activities related to Thanksgiving, there’s plenty to see at movie theaters.