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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

About Fanticipation
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.

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By Alex Edghill

Monday Morning Update: Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the weekly Facebook like increases for what seems like the 100th time in the past year. With pre-sales figures now showing gaudy totals a month from release (reportedly north of $50 million) already this just echoes what I have been reporting for the last 4-5 months on social media. Fans can't get enough of the franchise and we have something special on our hands here. Everyone knew it was going to be huge, its Star Wars after all. But of all the heavily hyped blockbusters to be released over the last 6 years that I've been tracking social media closely nothing has come close to this and its consistent onslaught since early Summer. Ironically, I reported almost a year ago at how its first trailer underwhelmed compared to Jurassic World which debuted the same week. At that point in time everyone thought 2015 would be a battle between Star Wars and Age Of Ultron for supremacy but Jurassic World turned out to be the real monster of 2015. For the first 350 days at any rate. The only small caveat I would like to point out that while Star Wars has been a monster day in and day out for the entire year, it still never reached the social media single day heights that Jurassic World did, i.e 200k+ tweets days in reaction to trailers. Now while I don't want to read too much into that I will say that I wouldn't be entirely shocked if the film didn't surpass the former on opening weekend but surged meatily past it in overall box office. Still too early to tell but I'll be keeping a close eye on how high the cresting wave gets as The Force gets closer to its release.

Facebook Top 10 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday November 22nd

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 14,996,087 14,889,009 107,078 0.72%
2 12/04/15 Krampus 511,850 420,693 91,157 21.67%
3 02/12/16 Zoolander 2 1,251,936 1,171,586 80,350 6.86%
4 01/15/16 The 5th Wave 162,801 121,318 41,483 34.19%
5 11/25/15 Creed 448,394 411,691 36,703 8.92%
6 02/12/16 Deadpool 1,554,842 1,529,217 25,625 1.68%
7 04/01/16 God's Not Dead 2 7,839,075 7,816,518 22,557 0.29%
8 11/25/15 The Good Dinosaur 146,682 124,171 22,511 18.13%
9 12/18/15 Sisters 207,565 193,162 14,403 7.46%
10 08/05/16 Suicide Squad 879,972 866,078 13,894 1.60%

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By Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 arrived with a first place debut of $102.67 million this weekend. While the final chapter of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence delivered the fifth largest debut of 2015 to date, the film also debuted below its lofty pre-release expectations. Mockingjay - Part 2 also opened 16 percent below the $121.90 million start of last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which is an underwhelming stat, especially given that Mockingjay - Part 2 had the added advantage of higher priced IMAX admissions and that well-publicized franchise finales don't tend to fall off significantly from the box office performances of their predecessors. After the explosion of the franchise with 2013's Catching Fire, the popularity of The Hunger Games franchise has come back down to earth a bit with Mockingjay - Part 1 and now Mockingjay - Part 2. With that said, it must be kept in perspective that Mockingjay - Part 2 still claimed the eighth largest debut ever for the month of November (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opened with $45.58 million on Friday (which included an estimated $16.0 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 26 percent on Saturday to take in $33.84 million and declined 31 percent on Sunday to gross $23.25 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.25 to 1 (in comparison, Mockingjay - Part 1 had a ratio of 2.21 to 1). Mockingjay - Part 2 received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which was the same CinemaScore rating that Mockingjay - Part 1 received last year. With Mockingjay - Part 2 having opened lower than its predecessor, it may display slightly better holding power than Mockingjay - Part 1. But at the same time, Mockingjay - Part 2 will also obviously face much tougher competition later in its run from Star Wars: The Force Awakens than Mockingjay - Part 1 faced from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies last year.

After leading the box office for the previous two weeks, Spectre fell to second place this weekend with $15.04 million. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise was down a sizable 55 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was lackluster given that Mockingjay - Part 2 wasn't as dominant as previous Huger Games films have been. Spectre continues to perform on the very low end of expectations with a 17-day take of $154.15 million. That places the film just 9 percent ahead of the $141.42 million 17-day gross of 2008's Quantum of Solace and 30 percent behind the $221.14 million 17-day take of 2012's Skyfall (though it should be noted that the third weekends for both Quantum of Solace and Skyfall fell over Thanksgiving weekend).

The Peanuts Movie followed in third with $13.20 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky was down 45 percent. While that actually represented one of the weekend's stronger percentage holds among wide releases, The Peanuts Movie continues to display significant front-loading for a well-received family film. The Peanuts Movie has still grossed a solid $99.35 million through 17 days of release. The film is currently running 18 percent behind the $121.75 million 17-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. Looking ahead, family films traditionally experience strong holds over the Thanksgiving holiday frame, but The Peanuts Movie will also be facing tough new competition from Disney's The Good Dinosaur beginning on Wednesday.

Sony's The Night Before debuted in fourth place with $9.88 million. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie debuted below its already scaled back expectations. The Night Before opened 52 percent below the $20.72 million opening weekend take of 2013's This Is The End (which had a deflated opening weekend from launching on a Wednesday) and instead opened much more in line with the $12.95 million debut of 2011's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. It appears that potential for The Night Before was limited in part from the film coming across as more of a niche comedy as opposed to a more mainstream comedy. On a positive note, The Night Before will have a good chance of holding up well throughout the holiday season and the film did carry a modest production budget of $25 million. The Night Before received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is an encouraging sign going forward.

Fellow new release Secret in Their Eyes followed in fifth place with a debut of just $6.65 million. The thriller from STX Entertainment starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts debuted below its already modest expectations. The cast of Secret in Their Eyes ultimately wasn't enough to bring in moviegoers and mixed critical reviews didn't help matters either. With Secret in Their Eyes, STX Entertainment was unable to duplicate the success it had earlier this year with The Gift, as Secret in Their Eyes debuted 44 percent below the $11.85 million start of The Gift. In addition to mixed critical reviews, Secret in Their Eyes received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore, which isn't a good early sign going forward.

Meanwhile, upon expanding into moderate release this weekend Open Road's Spotlight took eighth place with $3.53 million. The awards season hopeful starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton registered a solid per-location average of $5,900 from 598 locations. However, it does appear that Spotlight could have problems building momentum as it expands further given how much its per-location average tailed off this weekend. Birdman faced a similar situation last year as it expanded into more locations. Spotlight has grossed $5.80 million in 17 days, which places the film 19 percent ahead of the $4.88 million 17-day platform start of Birdman.

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Movio Media's Research Platform Shows Opening Weekend Audience Age Increase Compared to Previous Installment

[Los Angeles, CA and Auckland, NZ; November 22, 2015] - Movio, the global leader in marketing data, analysis, insights, and campaign solutions for theatrical exhibitors, studios and film distributors, has released insights on the audience buying tickets for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Using the Movio Media research platform designed for film studios and marketers, which captures the behavior of millions of cinema loyalty members aged 14 and over, Movio unveils unique insights into U.S. moviegoers' behavior.

At the time of the analysis, 1.7% of moviegoers from the Movio Media database had bought tickets for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 19-22, 2015.

Movio Co-Founder and Chief Executive Will Palmer says: "The audience profile is 45% women between the ages of 14 and 49, which is 3 percentage points greater than for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 over the same weekend. The audience is about 3 years younger than an average film adaptation of a post-apocalyptic young adult novel. They are avid moviegoers who attend during opening week 64% of the time. Mockingjay Part 1 was the most popular film this audience saw at the cinema over the last 24 months."

· The audience is composed of 53% women, which is 3 percentage points greater than the average film adaptation of a post-apocalyptic young adult novel (50%). Women between the ages of 14 and 49 made up 45% of the opening weekend audience for Mockingjay Part 2, which is 3 percentage points greater than for Mockingjay Part 1 over the same period. It is worth noting that 26% of the total audience is men between 18 and 39 years old, on par with Mockingjay Part 1.

· The average age is just over 34, on par with Mockingjay Part 1, and about 3 years younger than similar films. This is largely due to higher attendance of moviegoers under the age of 25 (31%).

· As expected for an opening weekend, this audience attends the cinema 14% more frequently and spends 28% more at the box office than the audience of an average film adaptation of a post-apocalyptic young adult novel over its entire run. Additionally, this audience visits during opening week 64% of the time, which is 15 percentage points greater than average (49%).

· Mockingjay Part 1 was the most popular film this audience saw at the cinema over the last 24 months.



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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opened day-and-date in 87 overseas markets this weekend, earning $146 million and opening #1 in all but 7 markets. Combined with NA’s debut, Mockingjay - Part 2 grossed $247 million worldwide this weekend. The top grossing markets are: UK/Ireland ($17.1M), China ($16.0M), Germany ($14.4M), Mexico ($8.7M), France ($7.1M), Australia ($6.8M), Brazil ($6.8M), Russia ($6.7M), Venezuela ($5.6M), Italy ($4.3M).

Spectre targeted an additional $65.7 million from 92 total markets this weekend, lifting the overseas total to $524.1 million and the global haul to $677.8 million after four weeks of release. India was the sole opener and found $4.8 million including previews to best the 4-day opening of Skyfall in just 3 days. China had a brutal second weekend in the face of local (Our Times) and Hollywood (Mockingjay: Part 2) competition, plummeting 75% for $12.2 million. Spectre’s 10-day cume in the Middle Kingdom is $77.5 million. Spectre’s top 10 markets are: UK/Ireland ($130.5M), China ($77.5M), Germany ($50.7M), Grance ($22.6M), Australia ($14.8M), Netherlands ($14.2M), Russia ($12.3M), Italy ($12.1M), Denmark ($11.8M), and South Korea ($11.3M). The final territory to release is Japan on December 4.


Hotel Transylvania 2 earned another $5.8 million from 74 overseas markets this weekend. The animated sequel has grossed $263.6 million overseas and $430.0 million worldwide. Australia (Nov. 26) and South Korea (Dec. 24) remain to release. 


Films that earned less than $2 million overseas this weekend + local language films

Our Times (China)

Overseas Weekend: $13.8M

China Total: $17.2M

The Lady in the Van (UK)

Overseas Weekend: $2.6M

Overseas Total: $10.0M

Global Total: $10.0M

Spanish Affairs 2 (Spain)

Overseas Weekend: $7.4M

Overseas Total: $7.4M

Global Total: $7.4M

Rem Ratan Dhan Payo (India)

Overseas Weekend: $4.2M

Overseas Total: $43.4M

Global Total: $47.4M


The Martian

Overseas Weekend: $1.9M

Overseas Total: $273.4M

Global Total: $486.4M



Overseas Weekend: $1.7M

Overseas Total: $88.8M

Global Total: $122.5M


Overseas Weekend: $1.4M

Overseas Total: $32.7M

Global Total: $108.7M

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Overseas Weekend: $1.4M

Overseas Total: $9.2M

Global Total: $12.9M

The Peanuts Movie

Overseas Weekend: $1.3M 

Overseas Total: $9.8M

Global Total: $108.7M

Steve Jobs

Overseas Weekend: $1.2M

Overseas Total: $5.1M

Global Total: $22.7M

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Overseas Weekend: $1.1M

Overseas Total: $58.5M

Global Total $76.5M

The Dressmaker (Australia/New Zealand)

Overseas Weekend: $0.96M

Overseas Total: $10.7M

Global Total: $10.7M


Overseas Weekend: $0.63M

Overseas Total: $157.4M

Global Total: $200.6M

Bridge of Spies

Overseas Weekend: $0.56M

Overseas Total: $20.4M

Global Total: $85.6M

Crimson Peak

Overseas Weekend: $0.38M

Overseas Total: $42.4M

Global Total: $73.5M

By The Sea

Overseas Weekend: $0.24M

Overseas Total: $0.62M

Global Total: $0.93M

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