Without a single new nationwide release, the domestic box office took a nosedive this weekend. The Top 12 movies earned an estimated $70.4 million, which is essentially tied for the second-worst weekend of the year. But to be fair, the post-Thanksgiving weekend is known to be a slow one for the movie business.
With no competition, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” easily retained the top spot in its third weekend. Mockingjay fell 62 percent to an estimated $21.6 million. That drop looks and sounds steep, but it’s actually a small improvement over Catching Fire’s 65 percent drop over the same weekend last year. To date, Mockingjay has earned $257.7 million domestically, and over $302 million from international markets.
“Penguins of Madagascar” took second place with $11.1 million, down 56 percent from its opening over the Thanksgiving holiday. After 10 days, the Penguins have earned $143 million domestically.
Meanwhile, “Horrible Bosses 2” added $8.6 million, which is off a light 44 percent. That’s pretty good for a movie with terrible word-of-mouth and poor reviews. To date, Bosses has earned a little over $55 million.
And at the bottom of the pile we find 20th Century Fox’s horror movie “The Pyramid.” The studio released the movie at only 589 theaters this weekend. Noy surprisingly “The Pyramid.” earned an estimated $1.35 million, which put it in ninth place behind fellow Fox movie “Gone Girl” (now in its 10th weekend).
Speaking of “Gone Girl,” this crazy movie continues to impress at the box office. To date, the drama has earned over $336 million worldwide.
Your top five request and dedications:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 – $21.6 million
2. Penguins of Madagascar – $11.1 million
3. Horrible Bosses 2 – $8.6 million
4. Big Hero 6 – $8.1 million
5. Interstellar – $8 million