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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Mockingjay' Repeats, 'Interstellar' Nears $400 Million

by Ray Subers
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
 

 
November 30, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 held on to first place at the overseas box office for the second week in a row.

Playing in 86 markets, the third installment in the popular franchise fell 56 percent to $67 million, which brings its total to $254.4 million. The movie's biggest markets were the U.K. ($8.2 million), Germany ($7 million), France ($5.3 million) and Australia ($5 million).

Mockingjay has China and Japan on the way in 2015, through its still unclear if it can match Catching Fire's $440 million haul.

Interstellar
added $44.4 million this weekend for a new international total of $395.2 million. It held first place for the third weekend in a row in China with $18.1 million. To date, it has earned $106 million there, making it the highest-grossing 2D-only import ever.

In South Korea, it added $7.4 million for a new total of $61 million, and will soon become that market's highest-grossing live-action import since Avatar.

After playing exclusively in China for the past few weeks, Penguins of Madagascar began its international roll-out this weekend. The movie earned $35.6 million, which brings its early total to $62.6 million.

It had a huge $8.2 million debut in Russia, and was also impressive in Italy ($4.6 million) and Germany ($4.2 million). Next weekend, Penguins reaches eight new markets including the U.K.

Coinciding with its domestic debut, Horrible Bosses 2 opened in 42 international markets, where it earned $11.7 million. It delivered so-so results in its four major markets: Russia ($2.3 million), the U.K. ($2 million), Germany ($1 million) and Mexico ($1.13 million).

The first movie was a modest international hit with $92.1 million; based on this tepid opening, it's unclear if the sequel will be able to match that figure.

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