Weekend Box Office: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Wins Thanksgiving Day By A Long Shot, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ And ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Complete Top 3

Thanksgiving is a day for family, friends, and most of all eating.

But once done eating, there’s always the danger of a food induced coma (and or nap).

Based on the box office numbers from yesterday, it looks like Jennifer Lawrence and a dystopian future are the only remedy for food comas.

The box office numbers for Thanksgiving are in, and as most analysts predicted “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” took the top spot by a landslide.

It was a bit of a close call for the remaining two spots in the top three but Dreamworks’ “Penguins of Madagascar” managed to hold off “Horrible Bosses 2” with a solid $3.95 million.

Although Benedict Cumberbatch is getting Oscar buzz for his lead role in “The Imitation Game,” he’s also a voice actor for Classified in “Penguins of Madagascar.” Recently he spoke to Collider about his role in the “Madagascar” spin off movie, specifically how his character evolved over the course of recording.

“For Classified I had an artist impression literally from them.

And we sort of talked about rough outlines,” he said.

“Maybe there was much more of a script than I was aware of, but we sort of did it in piecemeal form with an idea of what the whole story would be.

We just did a lot of improvisation and stuck with takes that we liked.” Perhaps that improvisation with a star like Cumberbatch helped bolster “Penguins of Madagascar” in the Thanksgiving box office.

According to Deadline , the animated comedy took in an estimated $3.95 million, making its domestic cumulative $10.2 million total.

In some ways “Penguins of Madagascar” is a winner this weekend, if only because it beat the only other major studio release this week, “Horrible Bosses 2.” Speaking of that adult comedy, the Jason Bateman movie took third place with $3.06 million on Thursday.

A quick explanation for the somewhat low numbers is possibly the fact that critical reception for the “Horrible Bosses” sequel is mostly negative.

It’s currently got 36% on the Rotten Tomato meter , with the consensus being that it’s only appealing if you liked the first film.

To no one’s surprise, the top box office performer on Thanksgiving was “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” The YA novel adaptation won by a strong lead with an estimated $11.05 million.

Based on these results, it seems that franchise tent poles will continue to be solid choices for Holiday releases.     

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