CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – It was a photo finish at the box office as four movies finished within $1.2 million of each other according to estimates. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 led the pack for the weekend, but it is possible it could slide a spot when actuals are released.
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Mockingjay placed 1st with $11.3 million for the weekend, but it did so by a very small margin. Only $300k separated Mockingjay from In the Heart of the Sea. If the estimates hold however, Hunger Games will have held 1st place for four straight weekends. A difficult milestone to achieve in the busy month of November.
The god of thunder was unable to tame the sea as In the Heart of the Sea only managed a 2nd place finish. Avenger’s star Chris Hemsworth has not been a huge draw outside of his role as Thor. Movies that take place primarily on water have not fared very well at the box office. Movies such as Life of Pi and Master and Commander were able to make $100 million domestically, but they received numerous awards and nominations. Heart’s $11 million for the weekend was below the $20+ million openings of either of those movies.
The Good Dinosaur followed close behind the top two movies with $10.4 million. Despite dropping to 5th on Friday, it was able to rebound on Saturday and Sunday to take 3rd place according to estimates. Dinosaur’s $89 total gross so far is still less than the 3 day opening for Pixar’s previous effort Inside Out. If Dinosaur is unable to hold onto theaters when Star Wars opens, it will become the lowest grossing Pixar ever. 1998’s A Bug’s Life currently holds that distinction with $162 million.
Creed posted another strong hold in 4th place taking in $10.1 million. It should be able to become the 4th movie in the Rocky franchise to reach $100 million. If awards season extends its run at all, it could give Rocky IV a challenge for the title. It is a long shot at this point, but a $127 million finish is still possible.
Krampus placed a surprisingly good hold for a horror themed movie. Its 50% drop gave it $8 million for the weekend.
Spectre and The Night Before finished almost identically this weekend. Spectre’s $4 million barely passed Night’s $3.9 million. When actual numbers are released, it is possible for these two movies to be flip flopped.
The Peanuts Movie was able to place 8th for the weekend after starting in 10th on Friday. Its $2.6 million beat out Spotlight’s $2.5 million and Brooklyn’s $1.9 million. With so many movies within less than $1 million of each other, the standings could be completely rearranged when Monday’s actuals are released.
Next week’s releases: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sisters, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
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Top ten at the box office (chart provided by The Associated Press):
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” $11.3 million ($15.4 million international).
2. “In the Heart of the Sea,” $11 million ($12.6 million international).
3. “The Good Dinosaur,” $10.5 million ($14.3 million international).
4. “Creed,” $10.1 million.
5. “Krampus,” $8 million ($3.6 million international).
6. “Spectre,” $4 million ($12.9 million international).
7. “The Night Before,” $3.9 million.
8. “The Peanuts Movie,” $2.7 million ($2.7 million international).
9. “Spotlight,” $2.5 million.
10. “Brooklyn,” $2 million.