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Box office report: 'The Hunger Games' wins the weekend (and the year)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 predictably topped this weekend’s box office — but less predictably didn’t do as well as the previous films in the franchise.

The previous Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, also opened on the weekend before Thanksgiving, but ended its weekend with $158 million. Mockingjay, though, grossed $123 million. Compared to $158 million, and to the original Hunger Games‘ $152.5 million opening in 2012, $123 million is disappointing. But in the context of 2014, it’s amazing: Mockingjay had a stronger opening than any other film this year, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $100 million debut.

And while Catching Fire’s domestic opening beat Mockingjay’s, Mockingjay takes the prize for foreign totals: Lionsgate premiered the film in 85 international markets this weekend and made an estimated $152 million in those markets — four percent more than the $146 million Catching Fire brought in internationally its opening weekend. READ FULL STORY

Friday box office: everyone's going to see 'Mockingjay'

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 looks like it just had the best opening day of the year.

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Box office preview: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' is here

The odds are definitely in The Hunger Games‘ favor this weekend: The third film in the trilogy is expected to surpass the $100 million mark at this weekend’s box office, and will for sure take the No. 1 spot by a long shot.

The first two Hunger Games films proved the franchises’ ability to make big bank, with the first film making $152.5 million its first weekend and the second film, Catching Fire, grossing $158 million its opening weekend. This means this film is likely to follow in their footsteps, especially because it’s the only wide release this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Dumb and Dumber To' beats 'Big Hero 6'

Dumb and Dumber fans flocked to theaters for the long-awaited Dumb and Dumber To this weekend. The sequel made an estimated $38.1 million for a strong debut — one that beat out Disney’s Big Hero 6.

Audiences first met Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ foolish alter egos in 1994′s Dumb and Dumber, a film that grossed $127.1 million in the U.S. and became an icon of low-brow comedy. Judging by this weekend’s box office, audiences’ tastes haven’t changed too much — even despite the critics’ consensus that the 20-years-later sequel is, well, not great.
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'Dumb and Dumber To' leads Friday box office with $14.2 million

Surprising most critics, the poorly-reviewed Dumb and Dumber To is leading the weekend box office by a wide margin, earning an estimated $14.2 million Friday. According to Box Office Mojo, the film is well on its way to making more than $35 million this weekend.

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Box office preview: 'Dumb and Dumber To' faces off against 'Big Hero 6'

Last week’s major releases were Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, two films with huge expectations. This week’s biggest release is Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to 1994′s Dumb and Dumberand expectations aren’t quite as high.

When Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels first portrayed the Dumb and Dumber pair 20 years ago, audiences couldn’t get enough: The film grossed $127.2 million domestically and $247.3 worldwide. But those same audiences proved to be picky, because 2003′s prequel, When Harry Met Llyod, had a sad runit made $26.3 million domestically and never cracked the top five.
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Why 'Big Hero 6' beat 'Interstellar' at the box office

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Heading into last weekend’s box-office battle royale, the big new movies in wide release arrived as heavyweight contenders from opposing ends of the pop-cultural spectrum. In one corner, you had Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s $165 million sci-fi mind-trip—a 169-minute movie freighted with Big Ideas, serious actors, and sky-high commercial expectations thanks to months of mounting buzz. In the other corner: Big Hero 6. The CG-animated film, based on an obscure Marvel comic book, hit theaters with less name-brand recognition but substantially bolstered by its Disney pedigree—drafting on the blockbuster success of the studio’s 2013 smash Frozen.

One film was family-skewing, the other, fanboy-friendly. Interstellar basically monopolized the country’s IMAX theaters while Big Hero 6 made use of 3-D. According to pre-release audience awareness surveys, both movies were on track to do massive business. But when the box-office receipts were tallied, Big Hero 6 hauled in $56.2 million in its opening three days, handily edging out Interstellar’s $47.5 million gross for a surprise upset. READ FULL STORY

What 'Big Hero 6' could have learned from 'The Incredibles'

Ten years ago this month, Brad Bird’s animated adventure film The Incredibles debuted—and with its winning, funny story about a married pair of washed-up superheroes trying to raise kids and save the world at the same time, it immediately joined the canon of Disney/Pixar insta-classics.

Almost exactly one decade later, Disney released Big Hero 6, another story about a team of animated heroes. It’s not hard to spot connections between the two: They share similar color schemes and aesthetics, for example, and they both feature a titular group of crime-fighters trying to get (or regain) a grip on their abilities while battling a self-styled supervillain out for revenge.

But there’s plenty that separates the two films, besides a decade of animation advancements—and Big Hero 6 may have done well to lift more from its predecessor.

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Box office report: 'Big Hero 6' tops 'Interstellar'

Audiences were slightly more interested in visiting Disney’s San Fransokyo than Christopher Nolan’s outer space this weekend, as Big Hero 6 ($56.2 million) nabbed the No. 1 spot over Interstellar ($50 million).

Interstellar made its IMAX debut Nov. 5 ahead of its wide release on Nov. 7. In those first two days, the film took in $2.2 million and set the pace on Friday evening with $17 million to Big Hero 6‘s $15.8 million. But Big Hero 6 benefited from families heading to the theater on Saturday–and from those who aren’t parents heading to the theater throughout the weekend.

“It really is something that’s as appealing for an older audience as it is for a younger audience,” Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Disney, told EW. “Audience demos that we dive in and take a look at are encouraging in that big portions of our audience are the not-a-parent range.” READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Interstellar' and 'Big Hero 6' blast off

Christopher Nolan’s mysterious and cerebral blockbuster Interstellar and Big Hero 6, the latest film from Disney’s resurgent in-house animation studio, are in a tight race for the weekend box office crown. Friday’s estimates show Interstellar taking the early lead with $17 million, with Big Hero 6 close behind at $15.8 million. Interstellar got a two-day head start thanks to its arrangement for IMAX and 35mm screenings on Wednesday (which raise its total earnings to $19,151,000), but Big Hero 6 can be expected to benefit from big family business on Saturday, and it may well win the weekend.

Rounding out the top 5 and closely bunched in earnings on Friday were horror film Ouija; David Fincher’s Gone Girl; and Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

  1. Interstellar $17,000,000 ($19,151,000 domestic total)
  2. Big Hero 6 $15,830,000
  3. Ouija — $1,900,00 ($39,355,000 domestic total)
  4. Gone Girl — $1,860,00 ($141,188,000 domestic total)
  5. Nightcrawler — $1,695,000 ($15,940,000 domestic total

Check back tomorrow for final estimates for the three-day weekend.

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