“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2” came out the big winner at the box office this holiday weekend. The finale to the popular “Hunger Games” franchise debuted with over $100 million last weekend; this weekend it dropped by almost half of that, grossing $51.6 million (that’s not factoring in grosses from Wednesday and Thanksgiving day, when many people were off work and school and headed to the theater).
There were several new movies out in theaters this last Wednesday, most notably “The Good Dinosaur”, which is the latest animated film from Disney/Pixar. Compared with what most of us usually expect from a Pixar film, however, “The Good Dinosaur” was a disappointment, both critically and financially. It had the lowest wide release debut of any Pixar movie since their first feature, 1995’s “Toy Story”, coming in second at the box office with $39.1 million (factoring in Wednesday and Thursday, it has grossed around $55 million, which would still put it behind “Mockingjay”). Compare that with the studio’s hit film from this summer, “Inside Out”, which had their second-highest debut of all time. Word of mouth regarding the film’s seriousness and scariness for the little ones likely deterred some families who would have checked it out otherwise.
“Creed” followed in third with $30.1 million ($42.6 million over the five day weekend). That film is a new installment in the series following Sylvester Stallone’s boxer Rocky Balboa, who actually takes a supporting role in this film that centers around the son of his former nemesis Apollo Creed. “Creed” has been receiving rave reviews, and evne some Oscar buzz for Stallone; as a result, it had the highest opening weekend of any “Rocky” film to date. To compare, the last “Rocky” film, 2006’s “Rocky Balboa”, opened with only $12 million.
“Victor Frankenstein” was the weekend’s final new wide release, and it just barely cracked the top twelve. The film grossed only $2.3 million Friday-Sunday, and $3.4 million including Wednesday and Thursday. That’s a massive failure for a film that has been pretty heavily marketed, and that stars two popular actors—James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. It has received mostly negative reviews, but the timing of its release could also have contributed to its failure; this is the kind of movie that could have performed better in September or October, not in the middle of the holiday blockbuster and awards season.
Speaking of awards season, some movies that have been receiving some positive buzz did very well at the box office this weekend. The dramas “Spotlight” and “Brooklyn” both expanded to more theaters this weekend. “Spotlight” remained in eighth with $4.4 million, while “Brooklyn”, which follows a young Irish immigrant in America, went from twelfth to ninth with $3.8 million. “Trumbo”, a drama revolving around blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, just barely missed making the top twelve, grossing $1.5 million as it also expanded to more theaters nationwide.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2”: $51.6 million
2. “The Good Dinosaur”: $39.1 million
3. “Creed”: $30.1 million
4. “Spectre”: $12.8 million
5. “The Peanuts Movie”: $9.7 million
6. “The Night Before”: $8.2 million
7. “The Secret in Their Eyes”: $4.5 million
8. “Spotlight”: $4.4 million
9. “Brooklyn”: $3.8 million
10. “The Martian”: $3.3 million
11. “Love the Coopers”: $3.05 million
12. “Victor Frankenstein”: $2.3 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.