Hello, fans of box office results, and welcome to the second-worst weekend of the year. The weekend after Thanksgiving provided little to feast on, with zero—you read that right—wide releases joining the pre-holiday fray. Even 20th Century Fox’s The Pyramid only opened in 589 theaters, not enough to deem it an actual wide release (as BoxOfficeMojo reminds us, a film needs 600 theaters to earn the “wide” designation). As such, this weekend’s box office landscape looks very familiar, with just a few slight shuffles from the Thanksgiving weekend to keep things even mildly interesting.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 again took the top spot, pulling in an additional $21.6 million in domestic dollars. The film has now earned just over a quarter million bucks in the U.S., with a worldwide take that has pushed past $560 million. The film’s performance is still trailing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which outperformed its follow-up feature during similar weekends (Catching Fire made $26.1 million in its third week). But that’s why Catching Fire is still the worldwide Hunger Games leader, and Mockingjay should pull in at least $350 million before its run ends. Still, Mockinjay had the best per-theater average of all the wide releases, earning approximately $5,328 per theater (even after losing 97 theaters over the weekend). This one still has legs (and will continue to use them to run the hell away from the Capitol).
The second place spot also didn’t change, with the animated adventure Penguins Of Madagascar clinging to the runner-up slot, earning $11.1 million in its second weekend. The film is just about to cross the $50 million mark in domestic returns and is similarly close to entering $100 million in international markets. Hey, people love penguins.
Alert: There has been a slight shuffle in the box office. Again: A slight shuffle in the box office! Comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 debuted to a dissapointing fifth place last weekend, but the laffer managed to move up not one, but two whole spots, all the way to number three! The film made an additional $8.6 million, giving it a total domestic take of just over $36 million. The sequel will, however, be hard-pressed to catch up with its predecessor, which made $117.5 million during its 2011 domestic run.
Despite that one bump, the rest of the top ten looked nearly identical to the previous week, with only a single film getting knocked out of the list to make room for The Pyramid. Sorry about that, St. Vincent, but with over $40 million under your belt in nine weeks of release, it was time. Number 11 isn’t so bad, right?
The Pyramid debuted at number nine, earning just $1.35 million (Birdman, which sits below it at the number ten spot, earned just $200,000 less, and has been in theaters for seven additional weeks, so chew on that). We’re guessing that the tomb-set horror feature will not be getting a sequel.
Elsewhere, the Reese Witherspoon-starrer Wild hit the limited scene, earning $630,000 in just 21 theaters. Still, that was only enough to give it the second best per-theater average, as its very respectable $30,000 per theater was dwarfed by another fact-based awards contender, The Imitation Game, which added just four theaters to its total (it’s only open in eight theaters right now! eight!) and still managed to make over $50,000 per theater.
Relish the look of this box office, people, because things are about to change with this week’s release of Exodus: Gods And Kings and Top Five (and the limited release of Inherent Vice into just five theaters). After that? Well, let’s just say the lack of new wide releases is about to come to a screeching halt, as the week before Christmas and the week of the holiday offer up a total of six new big releases. What a gift!