The holdovers had another successful weekend, while a genre-blending Christmas flick exceeded expectations at the box office.
Coming at #1 once more is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, grossing $18.6 million in its third weekend. The finale for the young adult franchise continues to be the go-to option for moviegoers, even if the series’ appeal has lost a bit of its luster. It’s true that Part 2 hasn’t made as much as its predecessors, but the movie has been very lucrative for Lionsgate. The domestic total is up to $227.1 million.
Coming in a surprise second is Krampus (read our review), a Christmas themed horror movie that was not thought much of heading into the weekend. The film brought in $16 million during its first three days, and has already surpassed its $15 million production budget. It scored a mostly positive critical reception, which helped it bring in audiences, and the subject matter made it a timely option for the holiday season. It will be interesting to see how it performs in the next couple of weeks with some heavy-hitters on the way, but Krampus is another winner for Universal in 2015 just for doing so well straight out of the gate.
At #3 is Creed. The boxing drama held very well during its second weekend, seeing only a 47.6 percent drop from its debut. It grossed $15.5 million to raise the domestic total to $65.1 million.
Falling all the way to fourth is The Good Dinosaur with $15.5 million. The latest offering from Pixar took a colossal 60.4 percent drop when compared to its opening weekend, which is the steepest hit the studio has seen since 2011’s Cars 2. Not exactly great company. It’s a bit puzzling that the film is struggling commercially, since reviews were generally positive and the Pixar brand has a great reputation. The Good Dinosaur has made only $75.9 million (or, less than Inside Out made in its opening weekend) since it opened the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Rounding out the top five is Spectre with $5.4 million. The new James Bond movie has now made $184.5 million in its domestic run.
The Night Before once again comes in sixth, making $4.9 million during its third weekend. The comedy is now up to $31.9 million Stateside so far.
Coming in seventh is The Peanuts Movie. The family film brought in $3.5 million this past weekend to raise its domestic total to $121.4 million.
Oscar frontrunner Spotlight is still hanging around the top ten, finishing at #8 with $2.9 million. The drama is now up to $16.6 million in the U.S. and has received a nice boost from the awards buzz.
Brooklyn is #9 after making $2.4 million. The film has now grossed $11.2 million domestically and like Spotlight has enjoyed a raise in profile from the Oscar talk surrounding it.
Coming at #10 is Secret in Their Eyes with $1.9 million. It’s now made $17.2 million in its run.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 7 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo