For the second weekend in a row, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 lead the box office weekend by a large margin. Not as large of a margin as last week, but its $56.9 million weekend proves that movie goers are still anxious to see Jennifer Lawrence prepare for a revolution.
It was a pretty good weekend to be a doughy-eyed child or child-at-heart adult as The Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 brought in some solid cash as well – $25.8 million and $18.8 million respectively. Both family fun movies have received great reviews from critics for being both funny for kids with enough moments sprinkled in for adults; the not-so-secret key to a successful animated blockbuster.
Interstellar got bumped down a spot thanks to the two animated features, but still had a solid $15.8 million weekend. A 3% bump week-over-week despite being in 349 fewer theaters. It might be hard to get into an IMAX at this point with The Hunger Games taking them all over, but if you can find one playing Interstellar, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
Rounding out the top five was the debuting Horrible Bosses 2, starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and potential bond villain Christoph Waltz. With its $15.7 million opening weekend, the film mercifully bumped Dumb and Dumber To out of the top five to number six.
The Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game, made an astounding $482,000 despite only opening in four theaters for a crazy $120,500 per theater average.
Oscar buzz is helping Foxcatcher along, as its theater prescence expanded and it brought it $1.0 million for an 117% increase over last week. Steve Carrell is expected to take home some hardware from the Academy Awards in February.
Another film guaranteed to sweep all the awards shows, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, dropped like a rock. Despite an extraordinary Rotten Tomatoes rating of 8% (that’s out of a 100%, in case you were curious), millions of theater patrons decided to ignore the true story of rock super star Kirk Cameron spin-kicking Santa Claus into a 40-foot animatronic Thanksgiving turkey and planting an American flag on its burning carcass. All told, it brought in 60% less revenue than last week.
Last year at this time we were plunged into the darkness of a world full of nothing but The Hunger Games: Catch Fire and Disney movies. The second Hunger Games movie brought in $74.2 million in its second weekend, with Frozen and Thor: The Dark World coming up right behind it making $67.4 million and $11.1 million respectively.Source: Box Office Mojo