Monday, December 8, 2014

Mockingjay dominates the slowest box office weekend of the year

With only one new release this weekend, The Pyramid, and everything else falling, the overall domestic box office generated a little below $80 million, resulting in the slowest selling weekend of the year.With an estimated $21.6 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 stayed in the number one spot for the third consecutive weekend, bringing the movie to a total of $257 million domestic and $560 million worldwide. While these numbers don’t look bad at all, it is still well behind last year’s Catching Fire ($424 million domestic and $864 worldwide).

The weekend’s number 2 movie was the animated adventure of The Penguins of Madagascar, which generated $11.1 million, down 56% from its opening last week. The movie isn’t a huge hit and it only gathered close to $50 million domestic against a $132 million budget (worldwide, however, it made more than $140 million).

The number 3 spot was taken by Horrible Bosses 2, the Bateman, Sudeikis, Day movie that is trying to establish a comedy franchise. Despite recording a 44% drop, the movie still made $8.6 million and moved up two places compared to last week. It is followed by computer animated comedy Big Hero 6 with $8.1 million, the Disney movie being on track to cross the $200 million mark within the next weeks (it’s already at $177 million domestic). Close in fifth comes Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, with $8 million, bringing the super production’s total box office revenue to almost $600 million worldwide (out of which $158 million is domestic).

With half of what Interstellar made, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ Dumb and Dumber To comes in sixth, getting $4.1 million, followed the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, with $2.6 million. The two movies retained their positions from last week, and so did David Fincher’s Gone Girl with $1.5 million, bringing the movie’s total box office to $162 million in 10 weeks.

The week’s only new release, The Pyramind, opened at number 9, with $1.3 million and probably only the slow weekend helped it crack the top 10. And finally, Michael Keaton’s Birdman rounds up this weekend’s top 10 box office performers with $1.1 million, bringing the movie to a total of $18 million, which is exactly the production budget.

Other movies that performed decently but didn’t make the top 10 were Bill Murray’s St. Vincent, Reese Witherspoon’s drama Wild and Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game. As for next weekend, we’ll get the chance to see the opening of Ridley Scott’s new biblical movie Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley and also Chris Rocks’ new comedy Top Five, so let’s hope things will look better in the box office.


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