Weekend box office: The Hunger Games holds on to the top spot

The week after Thanksgiving is traditionally slow at the weekend box office.  If your movie was popular enough, it would have opened over the holiday break and if it was good enough, it would open closer to Christmas in the normal Oscar push season.  The only new movie of the weekend was the found-footage film PYRAMID, which couldn’t even crack the top ten.  WILD opened in a very limited release and it did somewhat well, continuing the case for Reese Witherspoon to get some Oscar love for her performance.  But the weekend belonged to THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1, which repeated again at the top of the box office, hauling in another $22 million.  The film has made over $250 million at the box office so far.

Next week sees the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE.  I don’t think the film will do well at the weekend box office (not that type of movie), but I’m anxious to see if other critics follow with the positive reviews the film has been getting.  We also get Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE, which looks pretty funny and a nice return to form for the comedian.  I assume he paid for the film with all that GROWN UPS money he’s been earning.  Finally, we get the Biblical epic EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS from director Ridley Scott.  I know I should be more excited for a Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton starring film, but the previews don’t do anything for me.  It just looks like something we’ve seen before.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $21.6m

2. Penguins of Madagascar $11.1m

3. Horrible Bosses 2 $8.6m

4. Big Hero 6 $8.1m

5. Interstellar $8m

6. Dumb and Dumber To $4.1m

7. Theory of Everything $2.6m

8. Gone Girl $1.5m

9. Pyramid $1.3m

10. Birdman $1.1m



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