Weekend Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Three-peats, ‘The Pyramid’ is Dead and Buried

Everyone had The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 finishing #1 right? Finishing in the top spot at the box office for a third weekend in a row, the latest installment in the Hunger Games franchise enjoyed a second weekend in which audiences showed a lack of interest in any new wide releases. Granted, while last weekend’s new releases — Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar — landed with a thud, this weekend wasn’t much more impressive with only The Pyramid, an out-of-nowhere low budget Fox horror film, arriving in 589 theaters with hardly an audience to be found. Besting this competition is hardly something Mockingjay should really be bragging about.

Mockingjay did, however, bring in $21.6 million in its third weekend, dropping -62%, as its domestic cume climbed to $257 million and its worldwide total is now over $560 million.

As for The Pyramid, it could only manage $1.3 million, but for a film Fox primarily marketed online and at the last minute I’m not sure that’s necessarily all that bad a number. I doubt they expected much and just sort of hoped for the best as I’m sure they expect it to make a little more coin on DVD and Blu-ray.

When it comes to the holdovers, Penguins is dying a quick death, dropping 56% this weekend with $11.1 million, not much better than the 2012 flop Rise of the Guardians. Meanwhile, Horrible Bosses 2 raised its lowly cume to $36.1 million, adding $8.5 million in its second weekend. To put that into comparison, the first one was already at $60.1 million in its second weekend back in 2011.

In limited release Reese Witherspoon‘s Wild generated $630,000 from 21 theaters for a $30,000 per theater average, which wasn’t enough for the per theater crown as that goes to The Imitation Game, which brought in $400,000 from eigh theaters for a $50,000 per theater average as the film’s cume climbs to $1 million.

Next weekend things will get a little more interesting as Exodus: Gods and Kings will hit theaters and Chris Rock‘s Top Five will go wide along with limited releases of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice and Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy as well as the expansion of Wild.

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for December 5 – December 5, 2014

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
    • $22.02 million
    • CUME: $258.1 million
    • THEATERS: 4,054 ($5,432 per theater)
    • BUDGET: $125 million

2. Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks Animation) – $10.9 million ($49.3m cume)

From 3,775 theaters ($2,887 avg.) / $132 million budget / 72%

3. Horrible Bosses 2 (New Line Cinema) – $8.42 million ($35.8m cume)

From 3,400 theaters ($2,476 avg.) / $42 million budget / 35%

4. Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios) – $8.04 million ($177.4m cume)

From 3,168 theaters ($2,538 avg.) / $165 million budget / 89%

5. Interstellar (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.) – $7.78 million ($158.4m cume)

From 3,028 theaters ($2,569 avg.) / $165 million budget / 72%

6. Dumb and Dumber To (Universal Pictures) – $4.27 million ($78.1m cume)

From 3,088 theaters ($1,383 avg.) / $40 million budget / 28%

7. The Theory of Everything (Focus Features) – $2.65 million ($13.5m cume)

From 826 theaters ($3,208 avg.) / $15 million budget / 80%

8. Gone Girl (20th Century Fox) – $1.47 million ($162.8m cume)

From 1,205 theaters ($1,220 avg.) / $61 million budget / 88%

9. The Pyramid (20th Century Fox) – $1.36 million

From 589 theaters ($2,309 avg.) / 7%

10. Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – $1.15 million ($18.9m cume)

From 738 theaters ($1,558 avg.) / $18 million budget / 92%


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