Weekly Box Office Round-Up: The Hunger Games Starves the Competition

This weekend, Krampus opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this past weekend's box office. 

#1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2- $18,857,547

In its third week, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 came in first place. The final installment in the young adult franchise has been doing very well for itself, having brought in over $500 million worldwide so far. Critically, this second part hasn't been received as strongly as its predecessors, and it had the lowest opening weekend of any of the Hunger Games films. However, the studio is bound to be happy with its overall haul from the final installment, though it may be lower than they were hoping for. We'll have to see how the movie fares in the coming weeks, as bigger films (a certain space opera) opens in theaters.

#2 Krampus- $16,293,325

In its opening weekend, Krampus came in second place. Surprisingly enough, I have heard a lot of buzz about this film. A week before its release, I would have been surprised that Krampus did so well. But after hearing the buzz for the film (not necessarily good word-of-mouth, but rather excitement for the movie), I am not surprised that it came in second. And it was just a couple million dollars off from overtaking Mockingjay Part 2. However, word-of-mouth is spreading and, though mixed, it is leaning more towards negative. I don't think this movie will do fantastic domestically, but it may succeed overseas, as the legend of Krampus is a popular European myth. Who knows? You can read our review of the film here

#3 The Good Dinosaur- $15,323,958

In its second week, The Good Dinosaur came in third place. The Pixar movie has been doing well, but below expectations for a regular Pixar movies. This may coincide with the fact that the film has been getting below average reviews. It's not bad reviews, just below expectations for a Pixar film. Considering Pixar's other release earlier this year, Inside Out, ended up with a 98% critics review and made over $850 million worldwide, The Good Dinosaur's $131 million in two weeks and 76% critics review is a bit disappointing. Considering the complications behind the scenes of this film, it's surprising that The Good Dinosaur isn't a total train wreck! I haven't seen the movie yet, but I look forward to it. I think this movie will end up with a small profit at the box office, below Pixar's expectations, but I do think it will end up being successful. We'll have to wait and see. 

#4 Creed- $14,989,303

In its second week, Creed came in fourth place. Despite very positive critical and fan reviews, Creed hasn't been doing spectacular at the box office. It made $45 million opening weekend, when it could have made $100 million, and has dropped in its second week. Unfortunately, Creed has made only $70 million worldwide on a $35 million dollar budget. This means the film hasn't broken even yet. This movie had the potential to be a huge smash hit, and it looks like it isn't going to be that. Maybe the worldwide market can save it, but I don't think it will be as big of a movie as I had previously thought. Whether people were against a seventh installment or they just didn't buy into the marketing, people weren't interested in Creed, and that's very unfortunate. You can read our review of the film here.

#5 Spectre- $5,523,358

In its fifth week, Spectre came in fifth place. The James Bond film has made close to $800 million worldwide which is short of Skyfall's $1 billion haul, but it still has time to catch up. I have been saying for a while now that I think Spectre will crack $1 billion, but now I'm not so sure. It has roughly $200 million to make in order to do that, and it's already in its fifth week. I think it will get very close to breaking $1 billion, but now I am not so confident that the film will in fact cross that mark. But still, this is a lot of money that the studio is making from this movie, and they should be very happy with the ultimate sum. You can read our review of the film here

To re-cap, #1 was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2, #2 was Krampus, #3 was The Good Dinosaur, #4 was Creed and #5 was Spectre

Next week, The Big Short and In the Heart of the Sea open in theaters. Here's my prediction for next week's top 5: #1- In the Heart of the Sea, #2- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2, #3 Krampus, #4 The Good Dinosaur, #5 Creed

What do you think? Are you surprised by this past weekend's box? What do you think will be number one next weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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