Magazine article Screen International

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Retains UK Box Office Lead with $6.8M

Magazine article Screen International

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Retains UK Box Office Lead with $6.8M

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Falling around 50% (excluding previews), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 still had more than enough to retain top spot at the UK box office over a busy weekend of new releases.

Lionsgate's climactic chapter in the young adult franchise took a further non-final $6.8m (£4.53m) for an 11-day tally of $29m (£19.32m). At the same stage, Catching Fire stood at $32.4m (£21.59m) and Mockingjay - Part 1 had grossed $31.9m (£21.25m).

By the end of next week, Mockingjay - Part 2 should be close to overtaking The Hunger Games' $36m (£24m) UK haul, but Part 1's $46.7m (£31.1m) result could well be a trickier target to match.

Also for Lionsgate, Brooklyn added $299,000 (£199,177) for $6.5m (£4.35m) after four weeks in play.


The week's highest new entry came in the form of Disney's The Good Dinosaur as it beat spies and gangsters to chart second.

Pixar's second outing of 2015 took $4.4m (£2.9m) from its 519 sites which does rank as the second lowest Pixar debut, ahead of only Cars' $4m (£2.67m) from its 513 sites.

However, with Christmas just around the corner and no family competition until The Peanuts Movie on Dec 21, The Good Dinosaur is far from extinct at the UK box office and is likely to have a lengthy run.


Falling 44% in its fifth weekend, Sony's Spectre shot to a further $3.3m (£2.2m) as it dropped to third.

The latest James Bond mission is now up to a mighty $132.7m (£88.4m) after 35 days in play. However, after putting up a decent fight, it's now tracking further behind Skyfall which stood at $137.3m (£91.49m) at the same stage.

Also for Sony, The Lady in the Van fell a respectable 41% on its way to a $1.4m (£950,000) third weekend for a terrific $13.6m (£9.05m) to date. It's still posting strong midweek numbers, adding over $2.4m (£1.6m) over the past Mon-Thurs.

Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Perfect Guy have grossed $29.3m (£19.5m) and $341,000 (£227,000), respectively.


Charting fourth on its UK bow was Fox's Bridge of Spies with a non-final $2.5m (£1.68m) from its 531 sites, including just over $300,000 (£200,000) in previews.

In terms of Steven Spielberg outings in the UK, that's on par with Lincoln's $2.5m (£1.66m) from 472 sites and ahead of the likes of The Terminal ($2. …

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