As expected, the final chapter of the Hunger Games saga Mockingjay: Part 2 took a big chunk of the weekend check-ins.
At 26.9%, Hunger Games had an easy first place, but it was surprising to see the movie not break into the 30% range. There’s a lot of good movies out there now, including some Oscar contenders like Spotlight and Carol, which may be the cause.
Second and third were the other wide releases of the weekend: holiday comedy the Night Before took #2 with 18.2% and Secret in Their Eyes in #3 with 9.3%.
With an extra 537 theaters, Spotlight landed at a solid fourth place with 8.6% followed by Spectre, which dropped off 68% to land at 4.5%.
At the box office, Hunger Games was the overwhelming victor, with $101M for the weekend. The top 3 were then rounded out with hold overs from the previous two weekends: Spectre took #2 with $14.6M after dropping 57%, and the Peanuts Movie wound up at #3 with $12.8M after dropping 47%.
The other releases went the same route as the check-in numbers: the Night Before took fourth with $10.1M and Secret in Their Eyes took fifth $6.6M. Not strong openings by any means, but without blockbuster budgets, the studios can’t be too upset.
What’s next weekend? Thanksgiving is finally here (hope everyone has a great one!), and along with the usual feasting tradition, a trip to the movies is sometimes in the cards for families. We’ll see how that plays out for the new releases: we’ve got Creed, the Good Dinosaur, and Victor Frankenstein all releasing early this week on Wednesday. We’ll also see Eddie Redmayne in the Danish Girl release in 4 theaters.
My bet is on Creed taking first with Good Dinosuar coming in second. I haven’t seen much marketing done for Victor Frankenstein, so Hunger Games could make a comeback and hold on for third.
What will you be seeing next weekend? Keep us in the loop your comments below.