If you watched the new you might not know there were multiple movies opening this weekend. Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the box office shattering records, as was expected. The film earned an estimated $238 million domestically and $279 million internationally to give it a total of $517 million after less than a week.
I won’t rehash all of the records crushed by the film, you can read those here. The big questions now, 1) How quickly will the film reach $1 billion; 2) Will it top Avatar as the top grossing domestic film; 3) Will it top Avatar as the top grossing film of all time not adjusted for inflation?
There were other films that opened this weekend!
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip came in second place and earned an estimated $14.4 million. That’s far less than the previous film’s debut of $23.2 million and continues a decline for the film series.
Sisters opened in third and brought in $13.4 million, about the same as This is 40 which also opened against a big film and both had similar reviews.
Two Bollywood films opened too. Diwale came in ninth earning $1.875 million and Bajirao Mastani came in tenth earning $1.66 million.
For films already playing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was fourth with an estimated $5.7 million, and Creed was fifth adding $5.1 million to its total.
Four weeks in the box office, and for weeks number one at the box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 remained in first place adding an estimated $11.3 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $244.49 million domestically and $564.59 million globally in its run so far. It will likely be bumped from first place this coming week as Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts in theaters.
New film In the Heart of the Sea hit a stormy patch as the film earned an estimated $11 million, a disappointment. The film is rumored to have a budget around $100 million and needed to open around $30 million to be considered healthy.
The Big Short also debuted earning an estimated $720,000. The film opened in only 8 theaters which gives it a very health $90,000 per theater average.
For the rest of the top five for the weekend. The Good Dinosaurwas in third with $10.5 million earning, Creed was fourth adding $10.12 million, and Krampus was fifth with $8.01 million.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 held on to first place in its second week at the box office. The film added an estimated $51.6 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $198.3 million in two weeks and $440.7 million worldwide. The film dropped 49.7% from its first week, making it the only Hunger Games film to drop less than 50%.
Two movies debuted this past week coming in second and third, and a third debuted coming in at number 12 for the weekend. The Good Dinosaurcame in second and earned $39.2 million, while Creed debuted in third with $30.1 million. Victor Frankenstein was dead on arrival, earning $2.35 million. The Good Dinosaur did well for the time period it opened, but compared to other Pixar films, it didn’t do so well.
The Good Dinosaur and Creed bumped Spectre to fourth with $12.8 million and The Peanuts Movie to fifth with $9.7 million.
Here’s this year’s top five films domestically and worldwide so far:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 topped the box office with an estimated $101 million. That’s the fifth movie to open above $100 million this year. The film opened $20 million below the first part though. Of course people are calling the film a flop due to that lower opening, even though it was still above $100 million. There’s much debate as to the reason for the “lowish” opening.
Worldwide the film earned $247 million, which is $27.8 million behind Part 1’s $273.8 million. It is a bit apples and oranges comparison due to the film opening in different territories.
Spectre continued to earn, coming in second this weekend and bringing in an estimated $14.6 million. It has earned $153.7 million domestically in the three weeks its been open.
The Peanuts Movie came in third and brought in an estimated $12.8 million to bring its total to $98.9 million in three weeks.
Two new films were fourth and fifth. The Night Before was fourth bringing in an estimated $10.1 million, and fifth was The Secret in their Eyes which earned $6.6 million.
In other geeky films, Minions added $111,930 after 20 weeks.