By Daniel Garris

The Weinstein Company's Carol was off to a very promising start this weekend with an estimated $248,149 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Todd Haynes directed romantic drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara had a per-location average of $62,037 for the frame. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, 2002's Far From Heaven had a platform launch of $211,279 from 6 locations, for a per-location average of $35,213. Far From Heaven went on to gross $15.90 million during its theatrical run. Carol currently boasts an excellent 93 percent Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes and will hope to have a lengthy run throughout this year's awards season.

Universal's Legend, which also opened in four locations in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, took in an estimated $83,000. The Brian Helgeland directed crime thriller starring Tom Hardy in dual roles claimed a respectable per-location average of $20,750. Critical reviews for Legend have been mixed, as the film has a current Tomatometer of 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Legend is scheduled to receive expansions on both November 25th and December 11th, though the degree to which the film ultimately expands remains to be seen.

Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn had a healthy expansion this weekend with an estimated $1.15 million from 113 locations. The critically acclaimed John Crowley directed film starring Saoirse Ronan earned a per-location average of $10,360 this weekend. This weekend's per-location average is a good sign for the film going forward, especially given the degree of this weekend's expansion in comparison to last weekend's count (when the film was playing in just 23 locations). Brooklyn has grossed $2.16 million in 19 days and will be expanding into moderate release on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Universal's By the Sea continued to struggle with an estimated $185,000 from 126 locations. The poorly reviewed Angelina Jolie Pitt directed film starring Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt managed a per-location average of just $1,468. The film's poor expansion didn't come as a surprise on the heels of last weekend's soft platform launch. By the Sea has grossed $312,597 in ten days and it's hard to see the film expanding much further after this weekend's performance.

Elsewhere in platform release, Bleecker Street's Trumbo took in an estimated $252,000 from 47 locations, while A24's Room took in an estimated $379,000 from 160 locations. Trumbo was up 61 percent over last weekend upon expanding into an additional 27 locations, while Room was down a concerning 33 percent upon also adding 27 locations. Respective grosses stand at $2.90 million for Room through 38 days and at $0.58 million for Trumbo through 17 days.

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Sunday Update: Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 arrived with an estimated first place debut of $101.03 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 17 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 $45.98 million on Friday (which included an estimated $16.0 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 27 percent on Saturday to take in $33.76 million and is estimated to decline 37 percent on Sunday to gross $21.29 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.20 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 an estimated $14.6 million. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise was down a sharp 57 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was especially 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 $153.70 million. That places the film just 9 percent ahead of the $141.42 million 17-day gross of 2008's Quantum of Solace and 30.5 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 an estimated $12.8 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky was down a sizable 47 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 $98.94 million through 17 days of release. The film is currently running 19 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 an estimated $10.1 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 51 percent below the $20.72 million opening weekend of 2013's This Is The End (which also 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 an estimated debut of just $6.63 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 an estimated $3.60 million. The awards season hopeful starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton registered a solid per-location average of $6,026 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 $5.88 million in 17 days, which places the film 20.5 percent ahead of the $4.88 million 17-day platform start of Birdman.

Saturday Update: Lionsgate reports this morning that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 bowed to an estimated $46 million on opening day Friday. That figure includes a total of $16 million earned from Thursday night screenings as well as Mockingjay double feature showings from Wednesday night. While the finale's opening day gross marks a new low for the franchise -- coming in 16.5 percent behind Mockingjay - Part 1's $55.1 million first day last year -- it's still a healthy figure for the end of what has been a strong run by an unexpected blockbuster franchise. Last year's penultimate film showed off somewhat stronger legs than initially expected, and the same will probably happen for Part 2. Early word of mouth is solid with an 81 percent Flixster score (comparable to its predecessor's 83 percent). BoxOffice is projecting a $100 million opening weekend.

Spectre slipped down to second place to begin its third weekend of release, pulling $4.28 million for a 58 percent drop from last Friday. The 24th James Bond film's 15-day domestic total now stands at $143.4 million, putting it 10 percent ahead of the pace of Quantum of Solace and 28 percent behind Skyfall. BoxOffice projects a $14.4 million frame.

In third place, The Peanuts Movie slid 48 percent from last Friday to $2.92 million yesterday. With $89.1 million in the bank through 15 days, the well-received animated adaptation is pacing 17 percent behind Wreck-It Ralph. Look for a third weekend around $12.6 million.

Debuting in fourth place, The Night Before unfortunately came in below expectations with a $3.56 million opening day. By comparison, 50/50 (which was also helmed by Jonathan Levine and co-starred Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) opened to $2.89 million on opening day back in September 2011. The raunchy R-rated Christmas comedy obviously came in far behind the initial performance of This Is the End as well, but the good news is that with the holidays right around the corner it's possible legs could still save the day for the $25 million film. Early word of mouth is positive with a 75 percent Flixster score -- not far behind the 80 percent of Neighbors one day after release -- and an "A-" CinemaScore. BoxOffice is projecting a $10.5 million opening weekend.

Filling out the top five, Secret In Their Eyes debuted with $2.31 million yesterday. That's unfortunately 44 percent below the opening day of STX's first release back in August, The Gift ($4.12 million). With a 52 percent Flixster score, it's likely the film will have a short theatrical run as the holiday market will become increasingly competitive next week. BoxOffice is projecting a $7 million opening weekend.

Expanding into a broader limited release, Spotlight took in $1.02 million from 598 locations on Friday for a $1,708 per-screen average. That brings the strongly reviewed film up to $3.3 million domestically so far as it continues to build momentum heading into awards season. BoxOffice is projecting a $3.4 million weekend.

Debuting in platform release this weekend were two star-driven titles. Carol pulled an excellent $78,491 from 4 locations (a robust $19,623 average) and should net around $235,000 this weekend; meanwhile, Legend took in $29,000 from 4 locations (a $7,250 average) and looks to claim $85,000 over the three-day weekend.

Follow BoxOffice on Sunday for updated weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 earned an estimated $16 million during Thursday night's early shows, multiple sources report. That's $1 million shy of last year's Part 1, but still certainly an excellent figure for the franchise finale. Should the film hold up similarly to its predecessor, Part 2 looks to remain on pace for a weekend between $115-125 million.

Meanwhile, The Night Before took in $550,000 from 2,410 locations last night. That's a modest figure will falls short of most comparison titles like This Is the End ($2.2 million) and Neighbors ($2.56 million) -- however those films opened during summer when the target male audience is more likely to rush out before the weekend.

Meanwhile, Secret In Their Eyes took in $170,000 from 1,470 locations last night. By comparison, STX's previous release (The Gift) took in $590,000 Thursday earnings back in August. Secret expands into 2,392 theaters today.

We'll have more in-depth analysis and early weekend estimates when official Friday estimates are released by the studio on Saturday morning.

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: Star Wars: The Force Awakens led all films in terms of Twitter buzz over the last week for the seventh straight week. The last time a film that wasn't Star Wars led was way back on October 2ns when X-Men: Apocalypse knocked it into second place. We are currently predicting a record $215 million opening weekend for the film. I wouldn't be betting against that given its social media track record for almost all of 2015 where it has made a mockery of the competition.

J.J Abrams also occupied the second spot on the week with his Bad Robot's Valencia though there were indeed some extenuating circumstances. The film changed its name mid-week and our title search automatically flipped to just "Valencia" which returned heaps of false positive matches until the string was fixed. Long story short it occupies the second spot but with a high number of tainted tweets I am not reading much into it.

It was announced on Monday that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would feature the first full trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse and that announcement alone saw it balloon to north of 60k tweets on the day and helped to push it to a nice bump week over week for its buzz. Seems just like anything even associated with the Star Wars franchise is turning to gold online at the moment, not that the storied X-Men franchise needs any help...

After its character posters made quite the wave, the first trailer for Zoolander 2 was attached to Mockingjay - Part 2 and also surfaced online. That propelled it to almost 90k tweets on Wednesday. That is huge for a comedy, especially one that doesn't skew particularly young such as this. The first film has attached cult status despite its moderate earnings of $45 million but I'd say part 2 looks good to improve on that based on its early reception.

Twitter Top 5 Movies for the week of November 13th to November 19th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 388,562 1 (-) -26.17%
3/11/16 Valencia 187,391 2 (+85) #DIV/0!
5/27/16 X-Men: Apocalypse 154,694 3 (+1) 27.86%
2/12/16 Zoolander 2 122,357 4 (-1) -10.65%
4/01/16 God's Not Dead 2 45,026 5 (+5) 84.22%

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By Daniel Garris

Spectre took in $2.06 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for one last day. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise will obviously fall out of first place on Friday with the arrival of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 in the marketplace. Spectre was already feeling the effects of Thursday's evening launch of Mockingjay - Part 2, as it was down 13.5 percent from Wednesday and down 53 percent from last Thursday. Spectre was the week's top film with a weekly take of $43.80 million. That was down 54 percent from the previous week and brings the film's two-week total to a solid $139.10 million.

The Peanuts Movie held steady in second place with $0.883 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky was up 2 percent over Wednesday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. The Peanuts Movie placed in second for the week with $27.85 million. While The Peanuts Movie was down a surprisingly sharp 52 percent from its opening week performance, the film has still grossed a solid $86.14 million in two weeks of release.

Love the Coopers grossed $0.543 million to remain in third. The ensemble holiday comedy from CBS Films and Lionsgate was down 13 percent from Wednesday's performance. Love the Coopers placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $10.99 million. The film continues to perform slightly ahead of pre-release expectations and will hope to hold up well throughout the holiday season.

Fox's The Martian continued to claim fourth with $0.417 million. The blockbuster Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon declined 11 percent from Wednesday and a solid 38 percent from last Thursday. The Martian took fourth place this week with a weekly gross of $8.66 million. The film was down 33 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a very impressive $209.34 million through seven weeks.

The 33 rounded out its lackluster first week of release with a sixth place take of $0.345 million on Thursday. The Warner Bros. drama starring Antonio Banderas fell a sharp 15 percent from Wednesday. The 33 took fifth place for the week with a softer than expected seven-day start of just $7.66 million.

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midnov2015.jpgSony reports Spectre posted $2.4 million in first place again on Wednesday. With $137 million in the domestic bank through 13 days of release, the 24th James Bond film is pacing 23 percent behind Skyfall and 16 percent ahead of Quantum of Solace.

In second place, The Peanuts Movie added $0.86 million yesterday. The well-received big screen treatment of the classic franchise has earned $85.3 million stateside through 13 days, 16.5 percent off the pace of Wreck-It Ralph.

Love the Coopers tacked on $0.62 million in its sixth day of release. The Christmas comedy from CBS Films has earned $10.5 million in all thus far.

In fourth place, The 33 pulled $0.405 million on Wednesday. The true story about the Chilean miners has grossed an underwhelming $7.3 million through six days.

Rounding out the top five, The Martian grossed $0.47 million yesterday. The blockbuster hit has earned a domestic haul of $208.9 million to date.

Meanwhile, Spotlight took in $121,068 from 60 locations on Wednesday as it continues to ride a wave of great reviews and awards buzz. The per-theater average yesterday was $2,018. The pic's total thus far stands at $2.17 million.


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