Penguins & “Bosses” Flop, “Imitation” Soars

It was an interesting holiday weekend at the U.S. box-office with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” holding the top spot thanks to a $57 million second weekend haul. After ten days of release, the film currently stands at a worldwide gross of $480 million

Katniss and her rebels easily walked over the bodies of the weekend’s two big newcomers – Dreamworks Animation’s “Penguins of Madagascar” and the comedy sequel “Horrible Bosses 2”.

Budgeted at $132 million, “Penguins of Madagascar” came in second with $25.8 million for the three days and $36 million since it opened on Wednesday. That makes it one of the lowest earning Thanksgiving openings for an animated feature, and not far off the disastrous $32.3 million five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend haul of DWA’s “Rise of the Guardians” two years ago.

It is also being shown up by Disney’s “Big Hero 6” which, after three weeks of release, managed a further $18.8 million and so far sits at $167.2 million domestically – a total gross ‘Penguins’ probably won’t get close to.

“Horrible Bosses 2” meanwhile was far down the line with a fifth place opening and a $15.7 million three-day haul, just over half the solid $28.2 million opening of the first film. It also opened on a Wednesday, so the five-day haul of $23 million isn’t as bad in comparison.

On the limited release front, two films made waves. First up,”The Imitation Game” hit four screens and nabbed a jaw-dropping $120,500 per screen average, the second highest for the year behind only Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.

Meanwhile the Aussie horror thriller “The Babadook” scored a very healthy $9,000 per screen average (third highest of the weekend behind only ‘Mockingjay’ and ‘Imitation’), which is extra impressive when you consider the film is also available to rent on VOD services like iTunes and Amazon.

Source: Box-Office Mojo