So let’s get to what everyone who’s interest in the weekend box office
numbers wants to know – how did “Chi-Raq” do this weekend? Spike Lee hasn’t had a box office hit in some time, so will “Chi-Raq” break the streak or will it be another b.o. loser to add to his list?
The answer is, like the film itself, rather mixed. The film opened on only 305 screens, earning a total of $1.2 million. The good news is, that’s better than his “Oldboy” remake which bombed so horribly that some theaters were pulling it during its first week of release. And not surprisingly, Chicago film-goers responded strongly to “Chi-Raq,” coming out in force and giving the film a $15,000 per screen average on 22 screens just in the Chicago area.
But actually it’s all moot. It doesn’t really matter what the final box office totals will be for “Chi-Raq” since the film will make its VOD premiere on Amazon later this month, when box office numbers don’t matter. In fact, Amazon Studios head Roy Price was quoted as saying that the film was released theatrically mainly in order for it to qualify for Oscar consideration. And it’s most likely to be seen more widely seen through VOD than in theaters.
The thing to really watch out for are the total numbers of viewers who will watch the film through Amazon. Hopefully Amazon will eventually make those numbers public; and they will certainly will if they’re good enough.
But one big surprise this weekend was the second place showing for the Universal horror comedy, “Kampus,” which came completely out of nowhere, beating Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” with $16 million. The film was not screened in advance for the public or the media, which is often a sign of trouble. But maybe not in this case, since some reviews of the film have been pretty positive, though they do mention that it was obvious the film was re-edited from a harder R rating to get a PG-13. So why did Universal refuse to screen the film is a mystery.
But, as usual, with every weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday, everything was down, with “The Hunger Games” (Do I have to write out the rest of title?) leading the pack, dropping a 64% from last weekend, but it still did well enough to be the No.1 film again, earning $18.6 million.
“Creed” came in third, with $15.5 million, and a total so far of $65 million, and looks to be easily headed for at least a $100 million gross domestically.
However the real news must be the very disappointing numbers for Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which fell to fourth place, dropping 60%, earning $15.5 million as well.
Though the film has made some $75 million to date, and another $60 million overseas, the film is actually headed to becoming one of the lowest grossing Pixar films ever. With a reported budget of $175 million (those animated films can be very expensive to make) it’s doubtful that Pixar will ever see a profit from the film, making it the first real box office flop in Pixar’s 20 year history. It had to happen one day.
1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 LGF $18,600,000 Total: $227,112,000
2) Krampus Uni. $16,020,000
3) Creed WB $15,540,000 Total: $65,137,556 – 2
4) The Good Dinosaur BV $15,512,000 Total: $75,951,530
5) Spectre Sony $5,425,000 Total: $184,520,343
6) The Night Before Sony $4,920,000 Total: $31,988,311
7) The Peanuts Movie Fox $3,525,000 Total: $121,437,699
8) Spotlight ORF $2,926,844 Total: $16,632,541
9) Brooklyn FoxS $2,430,000 Total: $11,210,023
10) The Secret in their Eyes STX $1,950,000 Total: $17,241,088
11) The Martian Fox $1,615,000 Total: $220,813,188
12) Love the Coopers LGF $1,500,000 Total:$22,683,626