German Box Office: ‘Mockingjay 2,’ ‘Spectre’ Still Top

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Hunger Games’ finale keeps hold of box office crown.

That’s the heroine played by Jennifer Lawrence in the blockbuster sci-fi sequel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which made it three straight weeks in first place at the box office by earning an estimated $19-million on its third weekend of release, bringing its cumulative total to $227-million.. LOS ANGELES (AP) – The “Hunger Games” finale spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy “Krampus” to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running.

Strongly performing holdovers held down the next two spots, as Creed, the Rocky spinoff, and the animated adventure, The Good Dinosaur, were tied for third with just under $16-million. The Jennifer Lawrence-led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its domestic total to $227 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. Overall, industry-wide totals were respectable for the historically slow first weekend in December, topping last year’s take by a considerable margin. Spectre was a distant second with German earnings of $3 million (€2.8 million) this past weekend, but it was still sufficient to keep the new Bond in contention.

It is actually very rare for a studio to release a movie during this period, but Universal (NASDAQ:CMCSA) (NASDAQ:CMCSK) did with Krampus…and it paid off. It hopes to keep rolling with its franchise film strategy with “Allegiant,” the third film in the “Divergent” series due out in March. “Creed,” the boxing film where Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, came third, and the Disney/Pixar animated tale “The Good Dinosaur” came fourth. Steven Spielberg’s Berlin-set Bridge of Spies continues to draw German audiences, earning a further $628,000 (€580,000) over the weekend to bring its total take to around $1.6 million. It stars an eclectic cast that includes Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tollman and David Koechner, which should tell you everything you need to know. What’s interesting is that Warner Bros.’s (NYSE:TWX) Creed continues to show strong legs and also gave Pixar’s second effort of the year a run for its money.

That ranges from director Alejandro Inarritu’s “The Revenant” to the Amy Poehler and Tina Fey-led comedy, “Sisters,” which has knowingly marketed its film with a “Star Wars” parody trailer and the hashtag #youcanseethemboth. Among other films competing for attention in the coming weeks are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” the Will Smith-led football movie “Concussion,” and “Joy,” an underdog tale that reunites stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper with “American Hustle” director David O. The film was expected to grab the number two slot but Krampus and Creed are showing a lot more life than expected, meaning Good Dinosaur could slip to fourth. The bottom line though is with Cinderella, Inside Out, Ant-Man, Avengers/Ultron and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens having already put up boffo numbers, Good Dinosaur would have had to have been a complete bomb to worry investors (and that wasn’t the case).

Next week, Hollywood gets back into the new release spirit as Warner Bros. tries to keep up its late year success with In The Heart of the Sea and Paramount targets Wall Street with The Big Short.

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