Hunger Games slays box office
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Hunger Games slays box office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has held on to the top spot at the US box office.

The dystopian drama, which debuted at number one last week, raked in nearly $56.9 million at the weekend, according to early estimates.

The third feature in the Lionsgate franchise based on a trilogy of novels written by Suzanne Collins, once again stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, as she questions whether to become the figurehead of a revolution.

Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson join her in the feature.

Animated adventure Penguins of Madagascar meanwhile debuted at two with $25.8 million.

Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich are among stars lending their voices to the film, which a group of penguins fighting to stop an evil villain from destroying the world.

Big Hero 6 fell from two to three with close to $18.8 million.

The animated Disney picture centers on the tight bond between scientific prodigy Hiro Hamada and his inflatable robot Baymax as they form a dynamic group of superheroes.

Interstellar slid from three to four with $15.8 million.

The sci-fi drama, directed by Christopher Nolan, boasts an all-star lineup including Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo and Ellen Burstyn.

Horrible Bosses 2 debuted at five with $15.7 million.

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz lead the star-studded cast, who tell the story of a group of guys whose plans to start their own business are marred by a savvy investor.


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