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Hunger Games film unchallenged at North American box office

Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence with other cast members of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Image copyright Film company
Image caption Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence with other cast members of the third Hunger Games film

The latest Hunger Games film has stayed at the top of the US and Canada box office chart after a slow weekend for North America's cinemas.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took $21.6m (£13.8m) between Friday and Sunday to stay the top draw for a third straight weekend.

Cartoon spin-off Penguins of Madagascar took second place with a second weekend tally of $11.1m (£7.1m).

Comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 climbed two places to three.

But its second weekend takings of $8.6m (£5.5m) were not much to shout about in a weekend described as "boring" by box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

The only new entry in this week's Top 10 was The Pyramid, a horror film about a group of archaeologists exploring a cursed tomb.

The Inbetweeners' James Buckley has a supporting role in the film, which made its debut in ninth place with a haul of $1.4m (£896,000).

With little to remark upon further up the chart, it was left to some of this year's awards hopefuls to make a splash further down the countdown.

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as code breaker Alan Turing, took in an estimated $402,000 (£257,184) from eight locations.

Reese Witherspoon's Wild, meanwhile, opened in 21 cinemas on Wednesday and made an estimated $630,000 (£403,000) between Friday and Sunday.

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