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Mockingjay tops box office again

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One has ruled the Thanksgiving holiday box office with 56.9 million dollars (£36.4 million), according to studio estimates.

The total haul for the latest instalment of the Lionsgate dystopian series, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, stands at 225.7 million dollars (£144.3 million) in the US and 254.4 million dollars (£162.7 million) internationally.

Penguins of Madagascar opened in second place with a chilly 25.8 million dollars (£16.5 million). The animated spin-off centres on the penguin characters from DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise. Penguins fared better overseas, where the film earned an additional 36 million dollars (£23 million).

Disney's animated romp Big Hero 6 and Paramount's space-time saga Interstellar respectively held onto the third and fourth positions with 18.7 million dollars (£11.9 million) and 15.8 million (£10.1 million) in their fourth weekend at the box office. The domestic total for Big Hero 6 has ballooned to 167.2 million dollars (£107 million), while filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is orbiting 147 million dollars (£94 million).

The Warner Bros comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprising their roles from the original 2011 movie, debuted in fifth place with 15.7 million dollars (£10 million).

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak, noted the overall box office was down 21 per cent from last year when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen dominated the box office.

"It was a situation where there was no way the box office could live up to the strength of the marketplace a year ago at Thanksgiving," said Dergarabedian. "We had two unusually strong films at the top last year that completely knocked it out of the park."

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