LOS ANGELES (Range.com) – Wake Hollywood up when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrives.
With two weeks to go ahead of Luke, Leia, Han, and a phalanx of storm troopers and droids descend on multiplexes, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Element 2” topped box office charts in an otherwise quiet weekend. The science-fiction sequel earned $ 18.6 million, pushing its stateside haul to $ $ 227.1 million.
The weekend soon after Thanksgiving is historically one particular of the slowest of the year and the 2015 edition did not break with tradition. Studios largely steered clear of offering up new releases, with the a single main exception becoming “Krampus,” a darkly comic horror film from Legendary and Universal that picked up a strong $ 16 million. The story of a horned demon who injects a sinister edge into a Suburban family’s Christmas celebrations stars Adam Scott and Toni Collette. It was directed by Michael Dougherty (“Trick ‘r Treat”).
Without having much in the way of new blood, a trio of holdovers rounded out the best five. “Creed” rode Oscar buzz and powerful word-of-mouth to a third location finish, racking up $ 15.5 million to drive the “Rocky” spin-off’s domestic total to $ 65.1 million. “The Great Dinosaur” completed in fourth with $ 15.five million, dropping off a lot more than anticipated and falling roughly 60%. Typically Pixar and Disney films have greater holds. The animated film has earned $ 75.9 million so far. And “Spectre” took fifth position with $ five.4 million. The most current James Bond adventure has earned $ 184.five million.
In a failed bid for the faith-primarily based crowd, Freestyle Releasing offered up “The Letters,” a look at the life of Mother Teresa, in 886 theaters, where it grossed an uninspiring $ 802,000.
In restricted release, the Weinstein Firm opened “MacBeth” in five theaters, where the film adaptation of the “Scottish Play” earned a lackluster $ 67,868, for a per-screen typical of $ 13,573.
Fox Searchlight’s “Youth” fared slightly better, nabbing 80,000 from four theaters for a per-place typical of $ 20,000. The image centers on an aging composer (Michael Caine) at a spa and is directed by “The Fantastic Beauty” Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino.
Amazon launched its 1st theatrical release with Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” a look at gun violence that debuted as Chicago grapples with mounting outrage over a police shooting of Laquan McDonald. It earned $ 1.2 million more than 305 screens and is getting distributed by Roadside Attractions. Chicago audiences were far more receptive, handing the picture a $ 15,000-plus per-screen typical on 22 screens.
“The numbers out of Chicago are phenomenal,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ marketing and advertising and distribution head. “All of this is a testament to the support of the neighborhood Chicago community and, across the board, the urgency of the scenario. ‘Chi-Raq’ has been recognized as a get in touch with to action to cease the violence plaguing cities across the country, not only Chicago.”