Mockingjay Is the New Thanksgiving Bird
By John Hamann
November 30, 2014
Third spot goes to Big Hero 6, which had a solid five-day turkey weekend. Last weekend, the Disney/Marvel release earned $20.1 million, a solid result in its third frame. This weekend, though, Big Hero 6 nearly equalled that score, earning $18.8 million, down a slight 7% compared to the previous frame. This was the news Disney had been looking for, as it perks up its run in its fourth weekend, and upsets the DreamWorks competition (again). It makes Big Hero 6 a strong player until December 19th, when Annie and Night at the Museum 3 open, as Penguins of Madagascar will drop harder than Big Hero 6 next weekend. The Disney release has now earned $167.2 million domestically, and is rolling out slowly overseas, where it has a gross so far of $57 million. $200 million is now in sight for Big Hero 6, which cost Disney $165 million to make. Where the overseas gross takes it is still anyone’s guess, but this could still be a formidable worldwide player before all is said and done.
Not to be outdone, the other duel at the box office this weekend was between Interstellar and newcomer Horrible Bosses 2, with the holdover winning out. Interstellar pulled in another $15.8 million this weekend, increasing its take over last weekend’s $15.3 million finish by 3%. Christopher Nolan’s thought piece continues to roll, having now picked up $147.1 million. With the holidays looming, $200 million domestic should be at least approachable now for the $165 million epic. Interstellar is approaching the half-billion mark worldwide.
That gives Horrible Bosses 2 the sad sack fifth place finish this weekend, as the poorly-reviewed Warner Bros. comedy failed to reach the heights of the original. The star-studded sequel got started on Wednesday with an okay $4.3 million and then dropped 28% on Thursday to $3.1 million. It was Friday that hurt, though, as Bosses 2 took in $6.2 million, which destined it for the back of the pack. Over the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the long weekend, Horrible Bosses 2 could find only $15.7 million, again below where tracking had indicated this would land. The good news is that this one cost WB only $43 million to make, which means it should easily find a profit considering the original earned almost $100 million away from the US. Critics hated it, and I think it will have to work extremely hard to stay relevant through the holiday season, but then again, Let’s Be Cops made over $80 million, so who knows.
The rest of the top ten nearly made less than Horrible Bosses 2 did, combined. Sixth went to Dumb and Dumber To, which earned $8.3 million and fell 41%. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a strong weekend for holdovers, but it looks like Harry and Lloyd missed the notice. The $35 million comedy has racked up $72.2 million since opening, and with an additional $20 million from overseas venues thus far, Dumb and Dumber To is going to be profitable – not widely profitable, but not bad for a sequel to a film that opened 20 years ago.