It hasn't been a great month for Sony Pictures, but December is turning out to be another solid month for Hollywood.
December is the biggest month of the year for the film industry, and Dec. 25 is typically one of the largest days of the month. While Sony canceled the Dec. 25 release of its North Korea satire "The Interview" after threats of violence against theaters screening the film, the news hasn't kept moviegoers away from the mall.
To be sure, this hasn't been the movie industry's greatest year, with the final box-office tally for 2014 expected to come in a few percentage points lower than last year, thanks to production delays for a handful of potential blockbusters and increased competition from video on demand and other forms of digital entertainment. But concerns that Sony hacker threats might prompt jittery movie fans to stay home from theaters haven't been borne out.
Overall, last weekend's box office topped $135 million, according to Rentrak, down a bit from last year, but well above the 10-year average for the second to the last weekend of the year. In 2007, Hollywood pulled in total U.S. gross revenue of $161 million over the weekend before Christmas. A year later, in the depths of the Great Recession, the total box office for that weekend fell to $89 million.