Weekend Wrap-Up

Krampus Breathes Life into Post-Turkey Frame

By John Hamann

December 6, 2015

We get to stay here for one more week, but then we have to go.

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Spectre gets hammered as the top portion of the box office blows away the bottom tier. James Bond earned $12.9 million last weekend, but in this frame, Spectre took in only $5.4 million, dropping a severe 58%. Still ahead of the lesser Daniel Craig Bond films, but well back of Skyfall, Spectre has earned $184.5 million so far and has added almost $600 million overseas.

The Night Before holds a lot better than Spectre, as it takes advantage of being the top comedy this weekend. The Seth Rogen film earned another $4.9 million, dropping a strong 41%, as it uses its Christmas theme to stay in the game. The domestic total for the Sony release has reached $32 million, and has yet to see much action overseas.

The Peanuts Movie sees the same struggles that The Good Dinosaur did this weekend, as it falls hard versus Thanksgiving weekend. The Fox/Blue Sky feature earned only $3.5 million, dropping a hurtful 64% compared to the long weekend, when it earned $9.7 million. The total to date for The Peanuts Movie has reached $121.4 million, with a wide release still to come overseas.

Spotlight adds a few more screens and is able to keep momentum going somewhat. This weekend, the Oscar chaser took in $2.9 million and dropped 45%. With more and more award announcements coming, Spotlight will ride that wave, meaning it should enjoy a healthy December. So far, Spotlight has earned $16.6 million.

Brooklyn is in the same boat as Spotlight. It added a few screens this weekend, took in $2.4 million and fell 38%. The Fox Searchlight release has now earned $11.2 million.


The Secret In Their Eyes spends its last weekend in the top ten, as it earned only $2 million this weekend, declining 56%. The Julia Roberts film is a disappointment, as it has earned only $17.2 million.

Opening on only 305 screens was Spike Lee's adaptation of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. It earned $1.3 million, good for a venue average of about $4,100. That's not a huge start, but the film does have decent reviews and is fairly topical given its anti-gun leanings.

Finishing outside the top ten this weekend is The Letters, the new faith-based film about Mother Teresa. Despite going out to 886 theaters, the Freestyle Releasing flick could only manage a weekend take of $802,000. Faith-based films are obviously touch-and-go, and despite having a cast that includes Max Von Sydow and Rutger Hauer, this one still died due to awful reviews.

In limited release, both Macbeth and Youth opened, with the Shakespeare adaption getting five venues and the Michael Caine/Harvey Keitel starrer four venues. Macbeth garnered a venue average of $13,574, while Youth averaged $20,000. These are okay scores, with the real tests are still to come.

Overall, the box office had a decent return in what is a historically rough frame. This weekend, the top 12 films earned an okay $92.9 million, compared to last year, when the top 12 could only muster $70.2 million. As for the release schedule, you know how this goes. Next weekend is In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard's semi-prequel to Moby Dick, and the expansion of Legend, Tom Hardy's Kray brothers film. After next weekend, all bets are off, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits movie theaters.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/4/15-12/6/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 Lionsgate $18,600,000 - 64% $227,112,000
2 Krampus Universal $16,002,000 New $16,002,000
3 Creed WARNER BROS. $15,540,000 - 48% $65,138,000
4 The Good Dinosaur Disney $15,512,000 - 60% $75,951,000
5 Spectre Sony $5,425,000 - 58% $184,500,000
6 The Night Before Sony $4,920,000 - 41% $32,000,000
7 The Peanuts Movie Fox $3,525,000 - 64% $121,437,000
8 Spotlight Open Road Films $2,926,844 - 34% $16,632,541
9 Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,430,000 - 38% $11,210,000
10 Secret In Their Eyes Stx Entertainment $1,950,000 - 56% $17,241,088
11 The Martian Fox $1,615,000 - 50% $220,813,000
12 Love the Coopers Lionsgate $1,500,000 - 51% $22,683,626
  Also Opening/Notables
  Chi-raq Roadside Attractions $1,200,000 New $1,200,000
  The Letters Freestyle $802,000 New $802,000
  A Royal Night Out Atlas $100,000 New $100,000
  Youth FOX SEARCHLIGHT $80,000 New $80,000
  Macbeth $67,868 New $67,868
  Hitchcock/truffaunt Cohen Media Group $28,000 New $28,000
  Victor Frankenstein Fox $707,000 - 71% $5,068,000
  Tamasha Utv $345,000 - 66% $1,975,000
  The Danish Girl Focus Features $106,000 - 43% $352,000
  Janis: Little Girl Blue Filmrise Releasing $65,100 + 198% $100,000
  Carol Weinstein Co. $147,241 - 26% $817,119
  Legend Universal $264,000 - 11% $907,000
  Trumbo Bleecker Street $956,235 - 38% $4,170,480
  Suffragette Focus Features $146,000 - 44% $4,300,000
  Room A24 $209,125 - 35% $3,773,449
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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