It was one of the slowest box office weekends of the year, due in large part to the complete lack of wide releases, which means most of last week’s top 10 was relatively unchanged.
In at number 1 for the third weekend in a row is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with $21.6 million. Although Mockingjay is still well below most of the other Hunger Games films, it’s actually holding better than last year’s Catching Fire. So far, the sequel has grossed $257 million domestic (#4 for 2014) and $560 million worldwide.
The number 2 film is Penguins of Madagascar with $11.1 million. Fox’s animated spin-off is doing okay business, but is nothing to write home about. After two weeks the film has only grossed $49 million, off of a budget of $132 million.
Horrible Bosses 2 jumps up to the number 3 spot this weekend with $8.6 million. The comedy sequel is holding better than most but is still well below its predecessor with $42 million total.
Coming in at number 4 is Big Hero 6 with $8.1 million. Disney’s latest is doing solid business with $177 million domestic and should cross the $200 million mark when all is said and done.
Rounding out the top 5 is Interstellar with $8 million. The sci-fi blockbuster is now at $158 million domestic and a massive $593 million worldwide.
In at number 6 is Dumb and Dumber To with $4.1 million. Now at $78 million domestic, Dumb and Dumber To is likely to finish well short of the first film’s $127 million gross, which was a huge sum back in 1994.
The number 7 film this weekend is The Theory of Everything with $2.6 million. As awards buzz continues to build, this Stephen Hawking biopic has grossed a solid $13 million in limited release.
Gone Girl is the number 8 film with $1.5 million. The David Fincher-directed adaptation has grossed $162 million after 10 weeks. Given the awards talk and strong box office, it’s fair to say that Gone Girl is this year’s Gravity – a successful and critically acclaimed major release.
The low budget indie horror flick The Pyramid (read our review) is the number 9 film with $1.3 million. While a $1M opening is nothing to write home about, a very slow weekend helped The Pyramid crack the top 10.
Rounding out the top 10 is Birdman with $1.1 million, which brings its domestic total up to $18 million. After 8 weeks in limited release, the film has finally eclipsed its production budget.
[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 8th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]