After a packed Thanksgiving holiday at the Cineplex, things die down for a bit before we head into the flurry of holiday movies and that little movie from a Galaxy far, far away that will do the Kessel Run in way less than 12 parsecs as well as obliterate all box office records (it already has in pre-sales).
With the only wide release being the Christmas horror picture Krampus from Universal, it is expected that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will remain in the #1 spot. Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Rocky franchise addition Creed from Warner Bros. enter their second week and should perform strong due to the lack of new competition not to mention strong reviews and word of mouth.
Things are a little more busy at the specialty box office thanks to the fact that we are in the heat of Awards season. With the critics associations naming their top picks of the year over the next couple of weeks, and with titles vying to be Oscar hopefuls, there is the usual year-end wealth of “prestige” pictures to choose from. The Spike Lee directed Chi-Raq (Roadside Attractions), Youth (Fox Searchlight), The Letters (Freestyle Releasing), Christmas Eve (Amplify), Macbeth (The Weinstein Company), MI-5 (Saban), A Royal Night Out (Atlas Distribution) all open while The Lady In the Van (Sony Classics) begins an Academy qualifying run.
Also of note is the documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut based on the interviews between the two directors which in book form sits on many a cinema buff’s shelf as a defining reference. It opened Wednesday on three screens.
Below is the full list.
In Wide Release:
In Limited Release:
CHI-RAQ (Roadside Attractions)
YOUTH (Fox Searchlight)
CHRISTMAS EVE (Amplify)
THE LADY IN THE VAN (Sony Classics)
THE LETTERS (Freestyle Releasing)
MACBETH (The Weinstein Company)
MI-5 [a.k.a. SPOOKS] (Saban)
MY FRIEND VICTORIA (Zeitgeist)
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT (Atlas)
THE WORLD OF KANAKO (Drafthouse)
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (Cohen Media Group) – Opened Wednesday, December 2