It was a slow weekend at the box office, as IN THE HEART OF THE SEA failed to bring anyone on board as MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 was able to claim the top spot for a 4th weekend in a row.
So, how bad was HEART’s opening? It was pretty damn bad. The Ron Howard directed epic, which has a reported price tag of $100mil, was only able to make a paltry $11mil. With STAR WARS opening on Friday, it needed a much better start to even be considered to be a mid-level hit, but now the most it could possibly make is $30mil, and that’s if it hold on well for the following weeks, and I don’t see that happening as I expect a steep drop this coming weekend.
Since HEART OF THE SEA didn’t put up much competition, MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 was able stay at the top making $11.4mil for a 4 week total of $244mil. This is still much lower than the previous film, but the studio should be happy with it’s stronghold on the #1 spot for the past 4 weeks.
It was a close race for 3rd and 4th place as THE GOOD DINOSAUR and CREED were neck and neck with DINO slightly edging out CREED with $10.3mil to its $10mil. It has been a disappointing run for GOOD DINOSAUR as it has only made $89mil so far. At this point, I don’t see it making any more than $110mil in total, which is not a great number for Pixar. The lowest grossing film in the Pixar cannon is A BUG’S LIFE with $164mil, and that was released was back in 1998 when Pixar was still making a name for itself. As Pixar has such a history of being box office powerhouses, GOOD DINOSAUR has been very much a blemish on Pixar’s strong history.
KRAMPUS performed just as I expected, falling 48%making $8.4mil with a two week total of $28.5mil. That is a slightly stronger hold for a horror film, but it seems to be a crowd favorite, and with a reported $15mil budget, the studio must be very happy with this modest hit.
MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 – $11.4mil
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA – $11mil
THE GOOD DINOSAUR – $10.3mil
CREED – $10mil
KRAMPUS – $8.4mil
Everything will change this Friday as the long awaited STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens, crushing just about every record imaginable, or so we all think.