Weekend Wrap-Up

Dumber Outsmarts Big Hero 6, Interstellar

By John Hamann

November 16, 2014

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St. Vincent is sixth as the broad comedy of Dumb and Dumber To cuts into its audience. The Bill Murray dramedy earned $4 million, giving it a drop compared to last weekend of 26%. This one cost $13 million and has now earned $33.3 million for The Weinstein Company.

Fury is seventh. The Brad Pitt tank movie earned another $3.8 million this weekend, giving it a drop of 32%. The $68 million Sony war movie has now earned $75.9 million domestically and has earned more than $50 million overseas.

Nightcrawler is eighth, as the Jake Gyllenhaal flick continues its descent. Nightcrawler earned $3 million in its third frame, but the Open Road flick looks to be securing a profit as it cost $8.5 million to make and has a domestic gross so far of $25 million.

Ouija thankfully slides from fourth spot last week to ninth this week. Ouija earned $3 million this weekend for a drop of 49%. The thriller, made for $5 million, has earned $48.1 million stateside and has crossed the $60 million mark worldwide.


Birdman finally ascends to the top ten this weekend following four weekends of limited release. Quasi-wide this weekend at 857 sites, the Michael Keaton starrer pulled in $2.5 million, giving it an increase of 6%. Made for $18 million, Birdman currently has a domestic take of $11.6 million.

In limited release, Jon Stewart’s Rosewater opened on 371 screens for Open Road. It got off to an okay start, earning $1.2 million from that smattering of screens. Rosewater earned a venue average of $3,325.

The Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum Oscar bait film Foxcatcher also debuted this weekend but only at six venues, where it picked up $288,000. That gives it a venue average of $48,000 and is a strong start for this drama, which will likely be in this column for many moons to come. Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman also opened in limited release this weekend on four screens, and earned $48,000, giving it a venue average of $12,000.

Overall, the box office this weekend was up against a tough frame from last year, as Thor: The Dark World was enjoying its second weekend and The Best Man Holiday debuted to $30 million. The top 12 last year earned $118.8 million. Given our top three this weekend earned almost $100 million, the writing was on the wall for the win, as this weekend’s top 12 brought in a strong $134.6 million.

That brings us to next weekend, where The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 opens, looking to exceed the $158.1 million that Catching Fire earned over the same weekend last year. We know it’s going out to 4,000+ theatres, just like the last two, but will this Hunger Games be able to enter into the top five openers of all time, joining Batman, Harry Potter and The Avengers? Check back next weekend to find out!

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/14/14-11/16/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Dumb And Dumber To Universal $38,053,010 New $38,053,010
2 Big Hero 6 Disney $36,010,000 - 36% $111,653,000
3 Interstellar Paramount $29,190,000 - 39% $97,810,000
4 Beyond the Lights Relativity $6,500,000 New $6,500,000
5 Gone Girl Fox $4,625,000 - 25% $152,698,900
6 St. Vincent $4,025,000 - 26% $33,257,684
7 Fury Sony $3,810,000 - 32% $75,941,000
8 Nightcrawler Open Road Films $3,037,780 - 43% $25,000,298
9 Ouija Universal $3,025,140 - 48% $48,105,205
10 Birdman FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,450,000 + 6% $11,575,400
11 John Wick Lionsgate $2,285,000 - 45% $38,977,542
12 Alexander And the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Disney $1,558,000 - 56% $62,336,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Rosewater Open Road Films $1,200,120 New $1,200,120
  Saving Christmas Samuel Goldwyn $1,011,880 New $1,011,880
  Foxcatcher Sony Classics $288,113 New $288,113
  The Theory of Everything Focus Features $738,000 + 254% $1,033,472
  National Gallery Zipporah Films $17,435 + 81% $36,771
  Citizenfour Radius/TWC $180,410 - 13% $950,551
  The Book of Life Fox $965,000 - 65% $47,353,600
  The Judge WARNER BROS. $1,060,000 - 40% $44,385,000
  Whiplash Sony Classics $800,509 + 152% $2,482,257
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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