Let the Box Office Winter Games begin ... as "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" takes the crown this week with a hefty 123 million for it's debut. Actually a bit under expectations but more than enough to be the biggest opening of the year surpassing Transformers from this past Summer. A good hold onto #2 is "Big Hero 6" with 20.1 mil extra as this climbs it's way to a possible 200 mil cume. Still flying high at #3 is "Interstellar" with 15.1 mil as this finally breaks the 100 mil cume mark. Drop down to #4 is "Dumb and Dumber To" with 13.8 mil as it slowly makes a run for the 100 mil mark but I think it may fall short of it. Rounding off the top 5 and still going after 8 week is "Gone Girl" with 2.8 mil more.
New movies next week:
Two new films this coming holiday weekend, both opening on Wednesday. First up is the spin-off movie "The Penguins of Madagascar." With over 3500 screens, this should take a bite out of Big Hero. Estimations are about 70 mil for the holiday but family films tend to be more difficult to predict especially over holidays. Another sequel this week as "Horrible Bosses 2" opens as well with over 3000 runs and should do very well considering the first film was a sleeper hit. Look for it to hit around 60 mil over the 5-day weekend.
*numbers sourced by Box Office Analyst