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"Mockingjay" is tops at box office again

Moviegoers wanted another helping of "The Hunger Games."

Holiday moviegoers flock to "The Hunger Games"

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One" ruled the Thanksgiving box office for a second weekend in a row with $56.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The total haul for the latest installment of the Lionsgate dystopian series stands at $225.7 million domestically and $254.4 million internationally.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Bank and Woody Harrelson all returned for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," as bow-wielding heroine Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) becomes the face of the revolution against the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

"Penguins of Madagascar" opened in second place with a chilly $25.8 million. The animated spin-off centers on the penguin characters from DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar" franchise. "Penguins" fared better overseas, where the film earned an additional $36 million.

Disney's animated romp "Big Hero 6" and Paramount's space-time saga "Interstellar" respectively held onto the third and fourth positions with $18.7 million and $15.8 million in their fourth weekend at the box office. The domestic total for "Big Hero 6" has ballooned to $167.2 million, while filmmaker Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is orbiting $147 million.

The Warner Bros. comedy sequel "Horrible Bosses 2" with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprising their roles from the original 2011 movie debuted in fifth place with $15.7 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak, noted the overall box office was down 21 percent from last year when "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" dominated the box office.

"It was a situation where there was no way the box office could live up to the strength of the marketplace a year ago at Thanksgiving," said Dergarabedian. "We had two unusually strong films at the top last year that completely knocked it out of the park."