It was a biggish weekend at the box office, but not the huge one that many pundits were expecting. Here’s what went down:
As predicted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened in first place with an estimated $100 million. Any time you can open with that sort of number is good news; however, this was lowest opening weekend for any of the films in the franchise. Perhaps audiences have tired of Katniss and company, as comparable films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 both had opening weekends that outperformed the previous entry in each franchise. However, $100 million is still a very solid opening, and Mockingjay Part 2 should play well over the coming weeks.
As for the rest of the top five, Spectre hit second place with $14.4 million, raising its total to $153 million. The Peanuts Movie was in third place with $12.6 million – the film is just $2 million away from crossing the $100 million mark itself. The new Seth Rogen film The Night Before debut in fourth place with $10.5 million, while another new film, Secret in Their Eyes, closed things out in fifth place with $7 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – $135 million
2) The Night Before – $18 million
3) Spectre – $15 million
4) The Peanuts Movie – $13.5 million
5) Love The Coopers – $6 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – $100 million
2) Spectre – $14.4 million
3) The Peanuts Movie – $12.6 million
4) The Night Before – $10.5 million
5) Secret in Their Eyes – $7 million
Next weekend sees the release of Creed, The Good Dinosaur and Victor Fankenstein. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!