Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Weekend Box Office: Hunger Games Devours Competition, But Opens to Franchise Low

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 11/22/15 at 08:30 PM CT

Katniss and crew certainly didn't have any problem wrapping up their little series on top - but the result didn't quite as have as much fire as many were expecting. Meanwhile, a raunchy Christmas-themed comedy opened a bit soft while an adult thriller opened to even more disappointing numbers. One Oscar-worthy limited release got off to a blistering start while Bond took larger-than-expected tumble (though the super spy continues to dominate worldwide). All told it was an excellent weekend, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't expecting a bit more.


The Hunger Games franchise has been a smash hit and Mockingjay Part 2 continued the run with a $101 million opening. It is only the fifth film in 2015 to hit that mark on opening. But that total is the lowest yet for the series - $20 million below Mockingjay - Part 1. It also opened lower than Part 1 world wide - $247 million compared to $273.8 million. Yet even if franchise fatigue or Star Wars anticipation or any number of factors caused it to open lower - it is still going to be a huge film. It may not reach the lofty numbers of Catching Fire, but it will land well in the $275-$280 million range. The lower opening may be a bit disappointing, but the franchise is still one of the most popular in history (all four films opened to $100 million plus after all) and the downturn, while unexpected, shouldn't diminish the impact it has had on the cinematic landscape (or the rising star power of Jennifer Lawrence). Certainly fans of the series should check it out - even if it ends on a somewhat bleaker note.


With the Hunger Games clearly in control of the box office, Spectre had to settle for second place. The James Bond film took a larger-than-expected tumble - down over 56% - for a $14.6 million weekend and a new $153.7 million total. It crossed the $150 milestone with ease but it is now running only $12.3 million ahead of Quantum of Solace instead of the $20 million lead it enjoyed last weekend. Granted, it still will probably hit $200 million - but it is now looking like the real success Spectre is going to show is in the international market. With $524.1 worldwide, it has already topped the totals for Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Taking into account both domestic and international numbers it has earned $677.8 million - putting it on the fast track to topping Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation ($682.33 million) and even giving Inside Out ($850 million) a run for its money. We'll see how close it gets to Skyfall's $1.1 billion - but certainly it's going to get closer than many predicted.


Likewise dropping a spot due to The Hunger Games onslaught, The Peanuts Movie also took another hard hit, as the animated film lost 46.7% of its audience. The $12.8 million gives it a new total just below $100 million for a $98.9 million total. That is a bit worrying - as it The Good Dinosaur is going to eat up what audience it has left over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Peanuts Movie will open in more foreign territories during December, so we'll see if it gets a bit of good will overseas. Still, it will wind up making money - just maybe not as much as most animated films usually count on. It will still cross $100 million - and may near $125 million but will likely fall short of $150 million, at least in the states.


I was actually expecting a bit more from The Night Before - big-name stars, a good marketing push (that actually made it look funny) and the Christmas theme - but all that only amounted to a $10.1 million opening weekend. Granted, there is a better-than-average chance The Night Before plays well throughout December - especially as it seems to be the only kid on the block (unless you count Love the Coopers - but, really?). Anyway, the film has a relatively small budget ($25 million) and despite marketing costs this will be a money-maker - it just might take a bit longer to get there than I originally would have predicted.


The movie based on the Oscar winning Spanish film has an outstanding cast but didn't exactly light up theaters with just a $6.6 million debut. A lot of that has to do with the stiff competition - adults just have a lot to choose from - not only from the popular Hunger Games and Spectre, but also the continued run from the likes of Bridge of Spies and The Martian. Secret in Their Eyes also got just mixed reviews and, essentially, got lost in the mix. Once again, an all-star cast doesn't necessarily mean an outstanding result. This is only the second release from STX (their first, The Gift, actually opened better to $11.3 million) and I think it mostly suffered because of bad timing. This won't stick around long - expect this to be lucky to hit $25 million.

Outside the top five: Expanding to nearly 600 theaters, Spotlight continued to run a wave of good reviews and awards talk and jumped 166% from 12th to 8th place with $3.6 million and a new total of $5.87 million. We'll see if it continues to expand, but results so far point to a great run.

Another recent expansion for immigrant drama Brooklyn (from 23 to 111 theaters) also gave it a nice boost - up nearly 140% and a jump from 21st to 12th place. This is another film earning raves and potential awards contention and I fully expect this to continue to expand as well.

Newly opened Carol (already prompting awards talks, especially for Cate Blanchett) had the third-best per-theater average of the year, opening to four theaters with $248,149 and a smoking $62,037-per-theater average. That's an excellent start for the period drama and we'll see if it plays like Spotlight and Brooklyn on its expansion.

In milestone news Goosebumps crossed the $75 million mark with a $1.76 million (11th place) take and a new total of $76 million.

It's going to be an early box office preview next week as, with Thanksgiving on Thursday, most films are dropping on Wednesday, including Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, the Rocky spinoff Creed and the ham-tastic Victor Frankenstein. We'll see how The Hunger Games holds up against the stiff competition.


Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

Recent Blog Posts

All Posts

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Movies I Want To See by Rod
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost
Movies I Want To See by OracleElizabeth
movies of 2019 by skater4159
Movies First Seen in 2018 by royaluglydudes
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
Best films of 2009 by Daniel
The Films of the Coen Brothers by SIngli6




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?