‘Mockingjay’ maintains iron grip on box office

Power-mad President Snow would be impressed with Mockingjay‘s unbending rule.

For the third week in a row, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 has led the box office, earning $21.6 million, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.

The third film in the Hunger Games franchise was aided by the notoriously slow post-Thanksgiving release weekend. There were no serious challengers.

The Hunger Games is too mighty for any movie entering the arena,” says Rentrak analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “Mockingjay steamrolls along and everyone gets out of the way.”

The movie passed Transformers: Age of Extinction ($245 million) among top domestic box office performers of the year with $257.7 million. It barely trails Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.8 million) and The Lego Movie ($257.8 million).

“But Mockingjay will leapfrog both of them soon to get to number two,” says Dergarabedian.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy remains the top domestic grossing movie of the year at $332.5 million.

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