“Throw in the towel!” shouted a milestone for the quoted plea marked by the fourth sequel inside the iconic Rocky franchise. While such a quotable wasn’t so underlining the case for this year’s “Creed” amidst figures regarding nationwide ticket-sales, neither was it dotting any eyeful of determinants establishing 2015s best opening weekends.
“Creed” puts one in the Draw column for the year, as well as this latter weekend. 5th place leavens the minor downturn dealt the feature titular starring Michael B. Jordan’s debut in a Rocky-chaptered saga. Its one-seeded fall from 4th-place coming over a Dec. 18 to Dec. 20 three-day, able to sustain within the upper box office tier grossing $5. million.
A rank’s count upward, Lionsgate Film’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” took in $5.8 million. Jennifer Lawrence’s final starring rebellion led by her Hunger Games role of Katniss Everdeen met its match in the continuing galactic rebellion showcasing anew in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — the winning nationwide grossing film across the last weekend. There was more under the Win category for producer/director J.J. Abrams’ helm-taking initial cinematic resumption for the neo-classic sci-fi’s continuing chapters.
Remember when “Jurassic World” bested both superhero teamed Avengers films for the all time highest weekend opener grosses? On the soon coming precipice weeks premising to ring in a New Year’s circa 2016, Box Office Mojo calls it on the latest match-ups: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” just smashed what Hulk’s two-time assemblage didn’t. Then in simultaneous addition put a galaxy’s distance far away from the box office gravity grounding the “Jurassic World” scores.
In the contest of iconic franchises where 2015s theatrical showcasings formed a square ring boundary “The Force Awakens” took title-holdings with a commanding $247.9 million opening.
Someone throw in the towel; for both records-breaking appearances.
“The Force Awakens” opening gross also goes for the highest opening weekends altogether bracket.
“Jurassic World” now holds 2nd place with $208.8 million. That still puts the Jurassic Park franchiser above “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($207.4 million) at 3rd and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.2 million) at fourth. Top 10 remaining films are a countdown compilation of Hunger Games pairings, a Harry Potter sequel’s sequel, and Dark Knight duo installments (along the Christian Bale/David Goyer/Christopher Nolan dynasty).
Marvel Entertainment still flies the most ranking banners amongst the all-time opening films circle. Not so under 2015s total grosses; it remains a Disney theatrical world after all, though.
Domestic grosses across the year features “Cinderella” (9th), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2nd), “Inside Out” (3rd) while lastly stamping the year “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” enters the stakes at 7th place. Nov.-premiering “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” had a championship climb to rank at 6th place but with the Star Wars installment launching upon a 7th-ranking platform with skyrocketing expectations commercially over the next couple of weekends then it could even edge on the heels of first-placer “Jurassic World”; which reigns currently with a steep $652.2 million overall in theaters.
Another view back into Dec. tenses with the incoming movie-going cheer over a holiday weekend. Where before upcoming premieres will take on the at-present top-seated movie in theaters, these theatrical potentials need to first get past current box office break-walls in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “Sisters”.
Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature “The Road Chip” slates in at 2nd from the just past weekend. Being a $14.2 million grossing family draw on its opening three-day, it bodes wherewithal as a strong contender over Dec. 27th’s three-day base.
Meanwhile Universal Pictures’ comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over 2nd place. “Sisters” accrued a commercial $13.9 million, a distant relative-opener with Fox’s Alvin franchiser during Dec. 20th’s showcasing. And with both films so close in ticket-sales their own vying sets a back-and-forth across the runners-up slating, if not up to a long-shot first place’s upset.
And speaking of upsets …
Sure there might be an upset in records-setting made by any one of the incoming premieres prior to 2016. Openings in the likes of “The Big Short”, “Concussion”, “Joy”, “The Hateful Eight” or “The Revenant” — just beware those lightsabers is all we’re saying.