A really slow weekend at the box office left the top four movies all scrambling for first place with earnings between 10 and 11 million. In the end, it was the Hunger Games movie that landed its fourth week on top, pulling in just a tad more than Ron Howard's epic In the Heart of the Sea, which crashed and burned with a measly opening in second place. The movie had close to a 100 million budget too, which is just the latest flop for WB this year, having opened Jupiter Ascending, Pan and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to similarly awful numbers.
The Good Dinosaur came in third with 10 million, but the movie will end up being one of Pixar's lowest ever grossers, with a total so far of just 89 million. Creed held well in fourth, also bringing in 10 million and looking to end up crossing 100 million in the end if it can withstand the pummeling all movies are going to take from Star Wars opening next weekend. And in fifth was Krampus, which fell over 50 percent and has earned 28 million for its trouble.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2- 11.3 million
- In the Heart of the Sea- 11 million
- The Good Dinosaur- 10.5 million
- Creed- 10.1 million
- Krampus- 8 million
In limited release, The Big Short had a terrific opening this weekend from 8 locations, earning a 90k pre screen average for a 720k total, second only to the opening of Steve Jobs this year. Of course, we all know what happened to that film when it expanded, so we'll have to see what happens when The Big Short goes wide on December 23rd. Next week is the big one, guys. Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally comes out and we'll see if it really does manage to break all the box office records it's being rumored to- my guess is that it actually won't beat Jurassic World, although that's a minority opinion. But I have a hunch. We'll see.