NORTH AMERICA: 'Mockingjay – Part 2' #1 on Thursday with $0.88M; 'In The Heart of the Sea' #2 with $0.73M; 'Creed' #3 with $0.72M
on December 18, 2015
By Daniel Garris
In the shadow of the record-breaking Thursday evening launch of Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, holdovers in general slowed significantly on Thursday. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in $0.875 million for the day. The final chapter of Lionsgate's young adult blockbuster franchise was down 15 percent from Wednesday and down 32 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 2 was the week's top film with a weekly take of $15.60 million. The film was down 37 percent from the previous week and has grossed $248.79 million in four weeks.
Warner's In the Heart of the Sea held steady in second with $0.729 million. The pricey Ron Howard directed adventure drama starring Chris Hemsworth fell a sharp 22 percent from Wednesday's performance. In the Heart of the Sea placed in second for the week with a disappointing seven-day start of $15.14 million. That was a lackluster 51 percent softer than the $30.84 million seven-day take of last year's Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Warner and MGM's Creed remained in third place with $0.715 million. The critically acclaimed seventh installment of the Rocky franchise declined 16 percent from Wednesday and 33 percent from last Thursday. Creed took third place this week with $13.61 million. The film was down 31 percent from last week and has grossed a stronger than expected $82.82 million in 23 days of release.
The Good Dinosaur claimed fourth place with $0.689 million. The 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar had the day's best daily percentage hold among wide releases, as it was up 4 percent over Wednesday. The Good Dinosaur landed in fourth for the week with $13.15 million. That represented a 30 percent decline from the previous frame and places the film's 23-day total at a softer than expected $92.31 million.
Universal's Krampus rounded out the day's top five with $0.482 million. The modestly budgeted holiday themed PG-13 horror film fell 20 percent from Wednesday and 41 percent from last Thursday. Krampus finished in fifth this week with a weekly take of $10.89 million. The film was down 46 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a healthy $31.03 million in two weeks.
On the platform front, Paramount's The Big Short rounded out its first week of release with $51,543. The Adam McKay directed ensemble comedy-drama took in a daily per-location average of $6,443 from 8 locations. The Big Short has grossed a very encouraging $941,404 in seven days of platform release. The film will continue to play in 8 locations this weekend and will playing in 2,300 locations beginning on Wednesday, December 23.