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Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office is Left Hungry

December 14th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 remained in first place for the fourth weekend in a row, which is terrible news for the box office. A film repeating on top happens a lot, but to get to four weeks in a row, it means the new releases have been particularly weak. That was the case this week, as In the Heart of the Sea had to settle for second place with well below expectations. Overall, the box office fell 21% from last weekend to $78 million. This is 7.2% lower than the same weekend last year. Had In the Heart of the Sea merely matched predictions, then 2015 would have won in the year-over-year competition. Year-to-date, 2015 has earned $9.79 billion, putting it almost exactly $400 million ahead of last year's pace.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 earned first place with just over $11 million, instead of just under $11 million, as we previously predicted. To be more precise, it pulled in $11.41 million over the weekend for a total of $244.60 million after four weeks of release. It should get to $250 million over the coming weekend, unless Star Wars: The Force Awakens is even bigger than the hype.

In the Heart of the Sea just bombed. The film only managed $11.05 million over the weekend on a $100 million budget. The reviews were not good at 42% positive; however, they weren't as bad as this box office opening.

The Good Dinosaur was close behind with $10.50 million over the weekend for a total of $89.67 million after 19 days of release. It will get to $100 million before Christmas, but it won't get too much further beyond that.

Creed earned $10.12 million over the weekend for a total of $79.32 million, also after 19 days. This is more than Rocky Balboa finished with, so that's reason to celebrate.

Krampus rounded out the top five with $8.42 million over the weekend for a ten-day total of $28.56 million. It fell less than 50% during its second weekend of release, which is great for this genre. If it can get past $50 million, then it will likely break even before the home market.

- Weekend estimates
- In the Heart of the Sea comps
- Krampus comps
- Creed comps
- Mockingjay Part 2 comps
- The Hunger Games franchise details

Filed under: Weekend Wrap-up, In the Heart of the Sea, The Good Dinosaur, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens, Krampus, Creed, Hunger Games