Mockingjay easily led one of the worst weekends of the year for box office- the dreaded post-Thanksgiving week. With no new wide releases to speak of, the top five consisted of all holdovers, and that leaves not a whole lot to talk about, except the cumulative grosses of films that have been in theaters for weeks now. Mockingjay's $21 million brought its total to $258 million, leading its final prediction gross to be around $330 million (if it follows Catching Fire's trajectory from here on in). Worldwide it's done about $560 million so far...and yet the Hunger Games story this year feels incredibly redundant and unexciting. I've got to say something here- will anyone be watching any of these movies in five year's time? Will anyone remember what they were about? This is one of the dullest, most pointless franchises to exist in movie history.
The rest of the top five included Penguins of Madagascar (which fell off huge from last week), Horrible Bosses 2, which held decent but won't outgross the first one, Big Hero 6 (looking on track to end with $200 million) and Interstellar, which now seems likely to close with close to $175 million.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1- $22 million
- Penguins of Madagascar- $10.9 million
- Horrible Bosses 2- $8.4 million
- Big Hero 6- $8 million
- Interstellar- $7.8 million
In limited release, Wild opened in 21 locations for a per screen average of $28k, pretty good for the Fox Searchlight film looking to score Reese Witherspoon her second Best Actress nomination, while The Imitation Game continued to impress at just 8 theaters, earning a $48k PTA and bringing in over $1 million already before major expansion. Next week it's Chris Rock's Top Five and the limited opening of PT Anderson's Inherent Vice. See you then!