International Box Office: 'Mockingjay' Still Top in Germany But StudioCanal Miss Double Header
'Penguins of Madagascar' hold on to the No. 2 slot, despite a strong start for StudioCanal's 'Paddington'
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 continues to sweep all contenders before it at the German box office.
The penultimate feature in the young adult franchise took the top slot for the third weekend running in Germany, earning another $4.3 million (€3.5 million), taking its total so far to more than $30 million (€25 million).
With over 3 million tickets sold, Mockingjay is outpacing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the previous film in the franchise, which, by its third weekend, had sold around 2.6 million tickets. Catching Fire closed out at just under $40 million in Germany, a target Mockingjay could beat if it keeps up its current momentum. The film is already the second most successful title in the territory this year, just behind Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which earned $35 million in general release here.
But StudioCanal Germany, who is distributing Mockingjay, appears to have missed out on a one-two box-office knockout. Children's film Paddington, a StudioCanal production, was the most successful new entry this past weekend, taking in just under $2.3 million (€1.85 million), according to original estimates. That result puts it just behind DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar, which held on to its second-place ranking for the second weekend running in Germany, grossing $2.4 million (€1.93 million). Penguins, however, sold slightly fewer tickets than Paddington.
Rounding out the top five in Germany were Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which added $995,000 (€810,000) to its box-office take, and another new entry, the German Christmas comedy Alles ist Liebe (All Is Love), which grossed $860,000 (€700,000) in its opening weekend.
Die Mannschaft (The Team), a sports documentary about the German national squad winning this year's soccer World Cup in Brazil, continues to score. The film added another $393,000 (€320,000) to its take this weekend, finishing in eighth place. The documentary looks set to gross close than $10 million in Germany.