Horrible Bosses 2, Penguins of Madagascar and The Imitation Game all open today for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. None of those is expected to be any competition for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in the race for the top spot. The third film in the Hunger Games franchise is expected to bring in as much as $85 million during the extended Holiday weekend.
Recapping Last Weekend
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 put up big numbers over the weekend, to no one’s surprise. The third installment’s $122 million debut was still about $30 million less than the previous two each opened to. Big Hero 6, in its third weekend, finished second with $20 million and Interstellar finished third with $15 million. Dumb and Dumber To‘s receipts fell 61 percent to just above $14 million, in its second weekend. There was a massive drop after the top four films with Gone Girl rounding out the top five at $2.8 million. Beyond The Lights, in its second weekend of release, finished just outside the top five with $2.6 million in ticket sales.
Opening This Weekend
Horrible Bosses 2
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston are back in this sequel to the 2011 hit. The original Horrible Bosses pulled in $117.5 million in the summer of 20111. The R-rated comedy reportedly pulled in $4.3 million during early showings yesterday and is predicted to bring in around $30 million. That’d be a small improvement on the original’s $28.3 million opening.
See Horrible Bosses 2 today at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
Penguins of Madagascar
This isn’t a direct installment in the Madagascar franchise, but a spin-off featuring the penguins from those films. The film was announced at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con festival. The three Madagascar films pulled in $47, $63 and $67 million, respectively in their opening weekends. The next film in that franchise is due to arrive in May of 2018. Tom McGrath again voices “Skipper” the leader of the Penguin Commandoes in Penguins of Madagascar. Most folks think that Big Hero 6, which is pulling in strong numbers in its fourth week of release, will steal some ticket revenue from this film. Variety estimates it will pull in $38 million over the three-day weekend.
The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in this movie based on the true story of how Turling helped crack the Nazi’s Enigma code during World War II. Co-star Keira Knightley has acknowledged the differences between the film and real life. The production designer on the film recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the detail that went into re-creating Turling’s famous machine. The Imitation Game has done extremely well in film festivals this year, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was also recently screened during the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. The film is earning early buzz as an Oscar Best Picture contender, but it will be hard for you to find in a movie theater near you for a couple weeks. The film opened in four theaters across the country to start and is slowly expanding.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 welcomes Fury, Nightcrawler, and The Judge this week.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes The Expendables 3, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas and The Giver.
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