U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Nov 28 – 30, 2014

hunger_games_mockingjay__part_oneThanksgiving weekend hit the states and it was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One (4,151 screens) that held the crown with a crunching $56.9m for its second week. Even though that’s a 53.3% slip from last weekends gargantuan $120m+ opener, the film is cranking a $13,702 screen average and has now surpassed $225.7m domestically. The flick also staved off the new openers, one a broad family comedy Penguins Of Madagascar and the other a adult comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2. With no real competition until December 12 when Exodus: Gods & Kings opens, Katniss and team rebel are set to stay on top for a while yet and is going to stride well past $300m by the time we hit the Christmas window.

Penguins Of Madagascar (3,764 screens) grossed $25.8m for its opening weekend and $36m for its 5 day cumulative. For DreamWorks Animation that puts the film in line with 2008’s Puss in Boots, which opened to $34m and went onto gross $150m domestically. It also puts it slightly ahead of 2012’s Rise Of The Guardians that opened to $32.3m and grossed $103m. Given this spin off comes from DwA’s biggest franchise hit, Madagascar, and the hugely positive word of mouth I’d expect this film to buck the trend and be grossing strongly right through the Christmas period for a $180m finish.

Big Hero Six (3,365 screens) slips only 6.7% week  on week, even with Penguins Of Madagascar in play, to take another $18.77m on a $5,578 screen average. The film has now surpassed $167m domestically ahead of its global roll out and should be able to climb to the $230m mark before this big adventure is over.

Interstellar (3,066 screens) went up 3% week on week to take $15.8m and bring its domestic haul to $147m.

Horrible Bosses 2 (3,375 screens) as one of the first adult comedies to be released on the Thanksgiving weekend holiday, fizzled with $15.7m on a $4,652 screen average ($23m for the 5 days). The original opened to $28.3m and went on to gross $118m domestically. Plagued with bad reviews this one is looking to come in at around the $50m mark.

Gone Girl (1,174 screens) crosses $160m domestically.

The Babadook (3 screens) opened with $27k or a $9,000 screen average! Nice Work!

In Cinemas Friday December 5, 2014 – Wild (Dec 3), The Pyramid

Figures from Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 LGF $56,875,000 -53.3% 4,151 $13,702 $225,693,000 $125 2
2 N Penguins of Madagascar Fox $25,800,000 3,764 $6,854 $36,000,000 1
3 2 Big Hero 6 BV $18,770,000 -6.7% 3,365 -285 $5,578 $167,209,000 $165 4
4 3 Interstellar Par. $15,800,000 +3.0% 3,066 -349 $5,153 $147,090,000 $165 4
5 N Horrible Bosses 2 WB $15,700,000 3,375 $4,652 $23,010,000 1
6 4 Dumb and Dumber To Uni. $8,295,000 -41.1% 3,130 -58 $2,650 $72,205,000 3
7 10 The Theory of Everything Focus $5,082,000 +236.2% 802 +662 $6,337 $9,604,000 4
8 5 Gone Girl Fox $2,470,000 -12.9% 1,174 -435 $2,104 $160,757,000 $61 9
9 9 Birdman FoxS $1,880,000 +1.4% 710 -152 $2,648 $17,237,400 $18 7
10 7 St. Vincent Wein. $1,773,000 -21.2% 1,256 -451 $1,412 $39,327,000 8