BOX OFFICE SHOWDOWN – NOV 19-22 – THE MOCKINGJAY TAKES FLIGHT

Every week we dissect the good, the bad, and the bombs of the Aussie box office world. No talk of box office would be complete without mention of the US, so we’ll also take a look at what’s hitting big, what’s not, and where our refined Aussie movie palates differ from our blockbuster loving American brethren. Let’s dig in…

This weekend, Katniss Everdeen v. James Bond. There can only be one winner, so who was the final tribute standing?

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE – NOV 19-22

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE NOV 19

Source: Urban Cinefile

Just A Little Hungry: As expected, Katniss and co landed in the top spot as their swan song overtook theatres. Although an awesome result, the $9.8 million it took this weekend is off about $2 million from Mockingjay Part 1, and almost $3 million from Catching Fire. It did marginally beat the opening of the first Hunger Games movie though ($9.4 million). It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the franchise is seeing a decline in the later chapters, maybe it’s a bit of fatigue or fans are angry at the cynical cash-grab of splitting the final book, whatever it is it seems silly to point at a movie that makes this much money and label it disappointing but I guess it’s all relative.

Ghosting The Top: Fresh off it’s spectacular debut last weekend, Spectre was off 52% this weekend for a $5.4 million gross in 2nd place. It’s total has vaulted over the $20 million mark after only 2 weeks. Score another successful mission for the suave spy, who keeps going from strength to strength it seems.

Whisper Of An Audience: Opening to a whisper instead of a roar, Secret In Their Eyes was firmly targeted at the adult crowd, but playing in less than a third of the theatres of Mockingjay and Spectre it was always going to struggle to reach that audience. And so it goes that it managed a okay, not great $598k from 189 locations.

Over in the U.S, Katniss and the gang infiltrated the capital and raided bagfuls of loot, but how did it stack up to previous instalments?

U.S BOX OFFICE – NOV 20-22

US BOX OFFICE NOV 19

Source: Box Office Mojo

A Flicker, Not A Flame: As it was locally, the opening of Mockingjay Part 2 was a case of diminishing returns, as it saw a $102.6 million in takings. Off $49.9 million from the first Hunger Games, $55.4 million from Catching Fire, and $19.2 million from the first Mockingjay instalment, it’s got to be slightly disappointing for Lionsgate and will probably set off a raft of opinion pieces about what went wrong. All four of the Hunger Games pics have opened north of $100 million, which is no small feat and in fact it’s the only franchise in history to accomplish that over so many movies. Take that naysayers.

The Month Before: Getting a jump on the holiday movie rush, the Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas bro-out The Night Before opened to little holiday cheer, landing in 4th place with $9.8 million. It’s not all bad though, the US is heading into their busy Thanksgiving/Christmas season and this should play well right up until the big day. And then there’s always annual Christmas airings too.

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Still Secret: Continuing the idea that stars don’t open movies any more, the Julia Roberts/Nicole Kidman starrer Secret In Their Eyes didn’t find many eyeballs this weekend, scraping into the Top 5 with $6.6 million. With not great reviews, this one will have a tough time keeping viewers interested, especially as the influx of prestige Oscar pics hit during December.

Up next week, a quartet of releases for all demographics as Hotel Transylvania 2, Creed, Love The Coopers and By The Sea head into theatres.

So there you go folks, any surprises? Everything pan out just as you suspected? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’re enjoying at the multiplex. Also, if there’s anything you’d like to see us cover in the world of box office, speak up and let your opinion be known!

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