Weekend Wrap-Up

Box Office Sleeps as Force Awakens

By John Hamann

December 13, 2015

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The Good Dinosaur is third this weekend, as the animated film is struggling compared to other Pixar releases. This weekend, the Disney flick took in $10.5 million and fell 32% compared to the previous frame. The Good Dinosaur has now earned $89.7 million domestically against its $200 million budget, and it has also added $78 million from overseas coffers.

Creed is becoming the good news story for the month of December, and there’s more good news to come. After opening in third with $29.6 million three weekends ago and then falling to fourth last weekend with $15 million (despite an impressive 50% post-Thanksgiving drop), Creed holds steady in fourth place. Creed earned another $10.1 million this weekend, giving it a solid drop of 32%. The Golden Globe nomination for Stallone’s performance and presence on critics’ lists is propelling it forward. The film is now in the enviable position to perform strongly over the Christmas season. With a gross to date of $79.3 million, Creed is a lock for $100 million and could see as much as $125 million. The rollout overseas is slow, but success in America will only help it over there.

Krampus is fifth, as the Christmas horror release spends a second weekend in the top five. The Universal release did not catch on as much as some hoped – after opening to $16.3 million last weekend, it fell 51% to $8 million this weekend, which means this is no Gremlins. Still, the $15 million picture will win out due to the strong opening. It has a gross-to-date of $28.2 million and has picked up a few more million overseas.

Spectre drops to sixth this weekend, as the James Bond film spends its sixth weekend in release. This time around, the Daniel Craig film earned $4 million, dropping 28%. The domestic total has now reached $190.8 million and the overseas amount has surpassed $629 million.

Like last weekend, The Night Before holds quite nicely, but the amounts aren’t big enough to lift the domestic score up. This weekend, the Seth Rogen comedy earned another $3.9 million and dropped a slim 22%. The $25 million Night Before has now earned $38.2 million and will continue to kick around these types of numbers until Christmas.

The Peanuts Movie continues to hold on to a top ten spot this weekend. Charlie Brown and gang pulled in another $2.6 million, dropping 26% in the process. The total for the animated release has now reached $125 million, with the majority of its overseas rollout still to come.


Spotlight expands further this weekend, adding another 109 venues as it enjoys its three Golden Globe nominations. The box office result is a gross of $2.5 million, which gives it a drop of only 10% compared to last weekend. The total for Spotlight has now reached $20.3 million as it continues to build steam.

Brooklyn is 10th, and uses its Golden Globe nomination to hold like Spotlight. The Saoirse Ronan flick added another $2 million this weekend and fell 19%. This small, word-of-mouth driven release has now earned $14.3 million.

In limited release this weekend, The Big Short makes a big impact. Despite being out to only eight venues, the financial comedy/drama picked up $720,000, giving it a boffo venue average of $90,000 – and a likely Best Picture nomination. Paramount could have something here if they treat it right over the holidays, but this is a fantastic start to be sure.

The box office has all the elements of being in really good shape prior to Star Wars, with films like Creed keeping the momentum going. On the other hand, the overall box office also showed that audiences were holding for next weekend, which puts The Force Awakens in a very good position. The top 12 this weekend could only garner $68.7 million, one of the lower amounts so far this year.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see more than 4,000 venues next weekend, and theaters will be shelving smaller films to accommodate demand. There are other films debuting, including Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, a movie that is supported by strong early reviews. Alvin and The Chipmunks also opens, and while I think the shine has come off the franchise, the demographic positioning and weaker-than-expected performance from The Good Dinosaur could push it forward.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/11/15-12/13/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 Lionsgate $11,300,000 - 40% $244,490,956
2 In the Heart of the Sea WARNER BROS. $11,005,000 New $11,005,000
3 The Good Dinosaur Disney $10,497,000 - 31% $89,661,000
4 Creed WARNER BROS. $10,120,000 - 32% $79,321,000
5 Krampus Universal $8,010,000 - 51% $28,151,000
6 Spectre Sony $4,000,000 - 28% $190,800,000
7 The Night Before Sony $3,900,000 - 22% $38,200,000
8 The Peanuts Movie Fox $2,650,000 - 26% $124,955,000
9 Spotlight Open Road Films $2,508,853 - 10% $20,302,802
10 Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,975,000 - 19% $14,330,000
11 The Martian Fox $1,400,000 - 13% $222,800,000
12 Love the Coopers Lionsgate $1,350,000 - 11% $24,636,242
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Big Short Paramount $720,000 New $720,000
  Boy And the World Gkids $6,968 New $6,968
  Chi-raq Roadside Attractions $580,000 - 52% $2,100,000
  The Letters Freestyle $327,000 - 53% $1,388,744
  Youth FOX SEARCHLIGHT $100,000 + 28% $211,000
  Macbeth $251,000 +259% $348,939
  The Danish Girl Focus Features $259,000 + 148% $653,266
  Secret In Their Eyes Stx Entertainment $1,213,000 - 37% $19,250,025
  Carol Weinstein Co. $336,924 + 132% $1,220,737
  Legend Universal $301,000 + 8% $1,379,000
  Trumbo Bleecker Street $810,874 - 15% $5,454,080
  Room A24 $246,510 + 8% $4,184,981
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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