MOVIE BOX OFFICE
It's hard to call an opening higher than $100 million weak, but the arrival of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hit the box office with more of an underwhelming pop than a finale explosion.
There wasn't even like, much less love for Love The Coopers which debuted at number three with just $8 million. You might consider that amount of money something of a success given the bashing it received at the hands of critics, but Love The Coopers is set to be a holiday bust for CBS films.
November came crashing into theaters this weekend, finally pushing the lingering successes of a weak October out of the way and setting up what is likely to be one of the stronger holiday seasons at the box office.
It's exciting when a movie is so fantastic and does such a great job capturing audiences' imagination that it dominates the box office for several weeks on end. But it's a little sad when a movie holds on to the number one spot because, well, frankly there just isn't anything better to see at the cinema.
Four new wide release movies hit theaters this weekend and all four tanked in ways that make it easy to remember why October is considered the refuse dump Hollywood makes before making the jump to light speed for the holidays.
After two weekends at number one The Martian dropped low enough to let some of the usual October doldrum entries have a shot at number one. One of the 20th century's most popular children's book series got an adaptation and took the opportunity.
Bad form, Peter! Audiences had little to no interest in newcomer fantasy Pan which opened this weekend to lackluster reviews and a wince-worthy box office turn out. That left last weekend's top earner The Martian holding a tight orbit around the number one spot for a second time around.
Pan is already looking like it's going to be a costly flop for Warner Bros., which means that any hopes of it blossoming into a franchise are almost certainly already over.
October is known more for horror sequels and second tier animated movies than box office hits, but in the last couple of years top shelf sci-fi entries have started replacing the likes of Jackass 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 as the month's top openers.
Hotel Transylvania 2 proved that the Sony franchise has some strong life behind it, out-performing its predecessor and holding up against the other second-tier animated franchises on the market.
When people think Johnny Depp, most probably jump straight to Pirates of the Caribbean which would then lead them, if asked, to say 'yes, I think he's huge box office star'. Funny thing about that...
Summer is officially over and although most of the end-of-summer crap has been dumped over the last few weekends the box office continues showing the usual slow down.
Straight Outta Compton enjoyed a third weekend as number one movie, earning its three-peat not so much on staying power but a lack of anything better showing up to compete.
Three new movies rolled out this weekend but none were big enough to upset last weekend's top two movies.
Straight Outta Compton made a smash arrival in theaters, landing a solid number one debut.
That giant crashing sound you hear might be Fantastic Four's Ben "The Thing" Grimm demolishing something in a devastating way, but more likely its the sound of the attempted franchise reboot utterly collapsing in on itself at the box office.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a solid summer action flick, debuted at number one while making one of the stronger openings for the franchise.
Eighties video game nostalgia isn't as powerful as Sony/Columbia probably hoped. The Adam Sandler action comedy Pixels may have given last weekend's top earner Ant-man a run for the number one spot this week, but it's not much to get excited about when the new movie couldn't break $25 million.
Marvel Studios' Ant-Man made a number one debut this weekend, marking its twelfth movie to open in the top spot. That makes for a nice run, but the movie also marks a lower point.
When Despicable Me arrived in theaters in 2010, no one would have guessed that its funny little yellow sidekick characters would go on to land their own movie or that the movie would have the second highest animated opening ever.