By Daniel Garris
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in $11.36 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The final chapter of the young adult blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was up 33 percent over Monday's performance. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 increased 35 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $12.13 million. Mockingjay - Part 2 has grossed $122.56 million through five days of release. That is below pre-release expectations and is 14 percent below the $143.01 million five-day start of Mockingjay - Part 1.
The Peanuts Movie held steady in second place with $2.21 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky was up 38 percent over Monday and up a strong 83 percent over last Tuesday, thanks in part to the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. The Peanuts Movie has grossed $103.16 million through 19 days. That places the film 18.5 percent behind the $126.50 million 19-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. The Peanuts Movie will now be facing new direct competition from Disney's The Good Dinosaur, which entered the marketplace on Tuesday evening.
Spectre once again followed closely behind in third with $2.19 million. That placed the film a slim $21,155 behind The Peanuts Movie for the day. Spectre was up a healthy 39 percent over Monday and down 33 percent from last Tuesday. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise has grossed a solid $157.90 million in 19 days. The film is currently running 10 percent ahead of the $143.23 million 19-day take of 2008's Quantum of Solace and 30 percent behind the $225.34 million 19-day gross of 2012's Skyfall.
Fellow Sony release The Night Before took in $1.54 million to remain in fourth. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie increased 36 percent over Monday. The Night Before has grossed a softer than expected $12.56 million in five days, but is likely to hold up well throughout the holiday season. The film is running 18 percent behind the $15.28 million five-day take of 2011's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
STX Entertainment's Secret in Their Eyes rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.803 million. The thriller starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts was up 34 percent from Monday. Secret in Their Eyes has grossed a lackluster $8.06 million in five days. That places the film 46 percent behind the $14.95 million five-day start of fellow STX Entertainment release The Gift earlier this year.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 is Now Playing, Leading up to December 11 Grand Opening
Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema Now Features Immersive Cinema Experience that Touches All Five Senses
LOS ANGELES AND SEOUL - November 24, 2015 - CJ 4DPLEX, the world's first 4D cinema company, and Marcus Theatres®, the fifth-largest theatre chain in the United States, announced the opening of the Midwest's first 4DX location on Friday, November 20. Moviegoers now have the opportunity to enjoy the 4DX immersive cinema experience touching all five senses with screenings of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, now open to the general public at Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema. The new auditorium's first weekend in operation resulted in an attendance rate of more than 50 percent, despite heavy snowfall in the area.
These initial showtimes will lead up to the 4DX auditorium's December 11 grand opening, featuring Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, which will enable moviegoers to experience the story of Moby Dick with 4DX special effects, including motion, vibration, water, wind, lighting and scents. Showtime information and tickets for both The Hunger Games and In the Heart of the Sea are available at MarcusTheatres.com.
"4DX continues to add theatres in several countries around the world, with more than 10 million moviegoers experiencing this technology in 2015 thus far, and the United States is an integral part of our expansion plans," said Mark W. Shaw, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX America. "Marcus Theatres has been a wonderful partner and, with this opening, its Gurnee Mills Cinema will be among the most innovative theatres in the Midwest."
"As Marcus Theatres continues to enhance the moviegoing experience with new comforts and conveniences across its circuit, we are thrilled to host the Midwest's first 4DX auditorium," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres. "As one of many exciting renovations planned for Gurnee Mills Cinema, the 4DX experience will play a great role in making this theatre a premiere entertainment destination for Chicagoland and beyond."
In 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 was screened in 4DX, delivering a groundbreaking performance with an occupancy rate above 70 percent during its opening weekend. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 is expected to attract a similar audience as it will be the final chance for fans to experience the series in 4DX - allowing moviegoers to connect with the movie with 4DX effects that enhance the visuals on-screen.
4DX and Marcus Theatres have also partnered for giveaways until the grand opening on December 11. For more information, visit the 4DX USA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/4dxusa.
CJ 4DPLEX aims to reach 300 theaters with its 4DX technology by the first half of 2016, including two previously-announced in New York City.
By Daniel Garris
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in $8.54 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth straight day. The final chapter of the young adult blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 63 percent from Sunday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down 65 percent on its first Monday to gross $8.98 million. Mockingjay - Part 2 has grossed $111.21 million in four days of release. While the film is running 15 percent behind the $130.88 million start of Mockingjay - Part 1, Mockingjay - Part 2 is also displaying stronger daily holding power thus far than Mockingjay - Part 1 did.
The Peanuts Movie claimed second place on Monday with $1.60 million. In the process, the 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky surpassed the $100 million domestic mark on Monday. Thanks in part to the approaching Thanksgiving holiday; The Peanuts Movie was down just 62 percent from Sunday and up 81 percent over last Monday. With an 18-day take of $100.95 million, The Peanuts Movie is currently running 18 percent behind the $123.69 million 18-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
Spectre followed closely behind in third with $1.57 million. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise declined 63 percent from Sunday and 35 percent from last Monday. Spectre has grossed a solid $155.72 million in 18 days. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $142.31 million 18-day take of 2008's Quantum of Solace and 30 percent behind the $223.07 million 18-day gross of 2012's Skyfall.
Sony's The Night Before held up nicely on Monday with a fourth place take of $1.13 million. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie was down only 55 percent from Sunday. The Night Before has grossed a softer than expected $11.01 million in four days, but is likely to hold up well throughout the holiday season. The film is currently running 21 percent behind the $13.99 million four-day take of 2011's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
STX Entertainment's Secret in Their Eyes rounded out the day's top five with $0.601 million. The thriller starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts was down 64 percent from Monday. Secret in Their Eyes has grossed a lackluster $7.25 million in four days. That places the film 45 percent behind the $13.21 million four-day start of fellow STX Entertainment release The Gift earlier this year.
Their official press release:
LOS ANGELES - November 24, 2015 - Disney Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" (in its second weekend) and Ryan Coogler's "Rocky" reboot, "Creed," starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, are the leaders on this week's Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 91, 88 and 84 out of 100 points, respectively.
"Thanksgiving weekend moviegoers will have a bounty of options at their local multiplexes," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Pixar's beautiful ‘The Good Dinosaur' caters to families, while the terrific boxing drama ‘Creed' will appeal both to older ‘Rocky' enthusiasts and younger supporters of star Michael B. Jordan, and ‘Mockingjay, Part 2' should continue to draw legions of ‘Hunger Games' fans.
To help prepare moviegoers for this week's release of "Creed," Fandango has put together a helpful infographic reviewing the history of the six previous chapters in the "Rocky" franchise at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/infographic-rocky-by-the-numbers-750136.
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment. Fandango is the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 42 million unique visitors per month.*
*According to comScore.