As the world patiently waits for the blockbuster opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this week, all of the domestic films at the box-office are hoping to cashing in this week before the sci-fi giant hits theaters.
Opening this week at number-two was director Ron Howard’s seaward tale of the events that inspired the novel Moby Dick called “In the Heart of the Sea”. Howard directed the film, working off a screenplay written by Charles Leavitt. Despite a few A-list stars including Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, the film only managed to bring in just over $11M for the entire weekend.
Taking first-place for the fourth-week in a row was the Lionsgate YA hit “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt. 2”. The film earned $11.4M across 3,651 locations this weekend, securing the top-spot for at least another week. The final installment to the long-running franchise was directed by Francis Lawrence, working off a screenplay written by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth star in the series.
Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” earned $10.5M over the weekend to land at number three overall on the domestic charts. The film screened across 3,606 locations and has been one of Disney’s least popular openings in years. Despite its relatively poor showing for being a Disney animated feature, the film has earned over $89M domestically in just three weeks. Peter Sohn directed the film, working off the original concept created by Bob Peterso. Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Maleah Nipay-Padilla are the voice talents in the project.
Warner Bros. Pictures took fourth-place this weekend with “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. The film earned $10.1M across 3,502 locations. The project has earned over $79M over the past three weeks.
The holiday horror-comedy “Krampus” form Universal Pictures rounds-out the top-five at the domestic box-office this week. The new installment to the Rocky franchise hit fifth-place overall with $8M across 2,919 locations. The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler. Michael Dougherty directed the film, working off a script that he wrote with Zach Shields and Todd Casey.