Good morning to all of our Bleary-Eyed fans that actually have to go to work today. Sadly, being unemployed, I have a lot of time to shower, so I find myself with the hot water turning frigid while I rock and cry myself to numbness. It’s especially embarrassing since I had Jennifer Lawrence in the there this morning.
Those of you brave enough to comfort me, hop on in and lend me your body heat while we go over the pre-Thanksgiving Box Office Top 5 from last weekend:
1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2- $101M
Surprising no one except your pet goldfish named “Startles”, the final film in the dystopian young adult series took the number one spot. Interestingly enough, this was about $20M less than Part 1 did last year around the same time frame. I’m just hoping we’re done with the “two-part final act” to make more money tactic. Look forward to this having a shorter run than its predecessors due to Thanksgiving releasing a new Pixar film (first time we’ve ever had two in a year) and then The Force Awakens releasing in less than a month (I know, me too). I don’t envy Lionsgate having to explain to their shareholders next year why they’re down by about a $100M compared to this year.
2) Spectre- $14.6M ($153.7M Total)
Finally getting knocked off the top spot was 007’s latest adventure, Spectre. It had a good two week run at the #1 spot, but after being out for three weeks, it had no chance against an event film like Mockingjay Part 2. The Master Spy is still raking in a respectable $153.7M total domestic box office gross, with another $524M coming from the Foreign markets. This was largely helped by it releasing in England, Japan, and South Korea over the past few weeks. Make no mistake, the Foreign market is becoming a lot more important to Hollywood right now as American’s continue swimming in debt and iPhones. Wouldn’t be surprised if the next Bond film catered a little more to those markets.
3) The Peanuts Movie- $12.8M ($98.9M Total)
Charlie Brown and the gang are in for some trouble as when Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur drops this week, so their box office $$’s will turn to figurative peanuts (I couldn’t help myself, I think I have a problem). For a film based on an over 50 year old property, $98.9M isn’t too bad (considering the budget was $99M) in three weeks. The 3D definitely helps, but as that wanes from the public’s collective attention, other films like The Peanuts Movie won’t be so lucky.
4) The Night Before- $10.1M
Releasing in almost half the theaters that The Hunger Games debuted in, the new comedy with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie did about as well as you’d expect considering the competition. This being the opening weekend and a ton of new movies piling on top of it, The Night Before isn’t going to become a Christmas Classic in theaters, but it’ll find it’s following when it’s released on Blu-Ray/OnDemand early next year.
5) Secret in Their Eyes- $6.6M
A pretty forgettable Julia Roberts crime drama takes the final spot on our countdown. She really hasn’t stared in anything since 2010’s Eat, Pray, Love, which is a shame since she’s talented, but maybe she’s just not auditioning for anything. I honestly didn’t even give this any consideration or remember it released this week. Film companies often dump a movie they don’t believe in during a week an Event Film comes out or in January when everyone’s currency has been converted to gift cards.
That’s it for the Top 5 and I believe my tears have frozen to my face and I should probably stop rocking in the fetal position in front of Jennifer Lawrence. We’ve got kind of a lull with films over the next few weeks after Thanksgiving. You’ll have your choice to watch a possible cult Christmas horror film with Krampus or the account that “inspired” the legend of Moby Dick. I personally have to check out both of them, but my red and puffy post-crying eyes will likely enjoy the Thor lead whale movie better.
We here at I Watch Too Many Movies wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to avoid your extend families by spending them in the comfort of a dark theater. Also, Manchicken is dubbed Manturkey for the duration of the week in honor of the Holiday. And don’t forget, no discount is worth your life: stay home on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. There is this new thing called the “Internet” that doesn’t usually trample anyone to death.