Hunger Games' Mockingjay disarms Penguins to retain top spot at US box office

Jennifer Lawrence stars as reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which continues to fight off challengers such as the Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 to top the North American box office. -- PHOTO: CATHAY-KERI
Jennifer Lawrence stars as reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which continues to fight off challengers such as the Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 to top the North American box office. -- PHOTO: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the third film in the dystopian action series starring Jennifer Lawrence, collected US$56.9 million (S$74.2 million) to hold off advances by animated films Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 and claim victory at the US holiday weekend box office.

Penguins of Madagascar, the fourth in the series of Madagascar films, took second place with ticket sales of US$25.8 million at US and Canadian theatres for the three days ending on Sunday, according to tracking firm Rentrak.

Walt Disney's Big Hero 6, the box office champion three weeks ago, was third with US$18.8 million in ticket sales. The film has generated US$167 million since its Nov 7 release.

Mockingjay, in which Lawrence plays the young archer who leads a rebellion, recorded US$82.7 million in ticket sales over the five-day Thanksgiving Day weekend. It has generated more than US$225 million since opening on Nov 21.