B.O. Roundup, December 5-7: 'Mockingjay' Repeats During Ho-Hum Weekend

Sunday, 07 December 2014 12:39 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, December 5-7: 'Mockingjay' Repeats During Ho-Hum Weekend

The box office this weekend was a lot like your fridge over the last week: full of leftovers.

With no new nationwide releases to offer any real competition, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was the reheated turkey sandwich of the leftover competition, easily claiming first place on one of the slowest weekends of the year.

The post-Thanksgiving frame is almost always ho-hum, what with Americans busily shopping and/or partying their brains out whilst wearing silly sweaters and all.  Just one movie in the top ten avoided falling 39% or more from last weekend, but we'll get to that exception shortly.

First up, Mockingjay - Part 1 reigned supreme for the third consecutive frame, earning an estimated $21.6 million from 4,054 theaters in the United States and Canada.  That brings its domestic haul to a whopping $257.7 million, which still trails Catching Fire by about $78 million. 

Don't cry for Katniss, however, because The Hunger Games: Mockingjay once again ruled the international box office as well, hauling in another $31.6 million for a foreign total of $302.8 million before even opening in China or Japan.  At this point, Mockingjay - Part 1 has now amassed a global total of $560.5 million.

Penguins of Madagascar declined 56% but held on to second place, while Horrible Bosses 2 managed to hop from fifth place to third in its second weekend.  The sequel held pretty well this frame, shedding 44% of its audience, but since it opened lower than anticipated, Horrible Bosses 2 is destined to live in its predecessor's shadow, having earned $36 million so far, roughly half the haul of Horrible Bosses at the same point in its release.

No big surprises throughout the rest of the top ten, which was down almost 5% from the corresponding weekend last year.  The only real wrinkle here is The Pyramid, a horror movie that 20th Century Fox dropped in 589 theaters, just shy of the 600 that would classify it was a "wide release."  It was a sharp release strategy, keeping overhead low and bringing in an estimated $1.3 million in ninth place, wedged between Gone Girl and Birdman.

Wild, meanwhile, opened in just 21 theaters, earning an estimated $630,000.  The well-received drama (read our interview with Reese Witherspoon and director Jean Marc Vallée here) will expand to roughly 800 locations by Christmas Day.  Speaking of limited releases with awards season potential, The Imitation Game expanded to eight theaters, from which it earned an estimated $402,000.

Check out the top ten movies in North America for the weekend of December 5th through 7th:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1....................$21.6 million..............$257.7 million

2. Penguins of Madagascar..............................................$11.1 million..............$49.5 million

3. Horrible Bosses 2.........................................................$8.6 million................$36.0 million

4. Big Hero 6.....................................................................$8.1 million................$177.5 million

5. Interstellar.....................................................................$8.0 million................$158.6 million

6. Dumb & Dumber To.....................................................$4.1 million................$78.0 million

7. The Theory of Everything............................................$2.6 million................$13.6 million

8. Gone Girl.......................................................................$1.5 million................$162.8 million

9. The Pyramid..................................................................$1.3 million................New Release

10. Birdman.......................................................................$1.1 million................$18.9 million

Coming up are two very different wide releases: Chris Rock's acclaimed, deeply personal comedy-drama Top Five and Ridley Scott's whitewashed Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.  Will either one unseat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1?


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