nov25wknd.pngWednesday Update: Warner Bros. and MGM report that Creed bagged $1.4 million from Tuesday night's early screenings, setting a new record for Tuesday pre-shows ahead of Thanksgiving. By comparison, last year's Horrible Bosses 2 pulled $1.0 million from Tuesday screenings ahead of the holiday. While the comparison between the titles pretty much ends with their release positioning, this is great news for Creed as not just a sequel with a significant fan turnout early on, but as a film garnering strong reviews and very positive early word of mouth. Creed looks to be a top choice for adult audiences over the extended weekend.

Starting with a very encouraging launch of its own, Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur tallied $1.3 million from early shows last night. Disney reports that figure exceeded the $1.2 million Tuesday night launch of Frozen two years ago -- however, it should be noted that Pixar's considerable built-in fan base may be responsible for such a high turnout early on. Dinosaur's gross was also in line with Big Hero 6's $1.4 million Thursday night start in early November last year.

Victor Frankenstein posted $175,000 last night, according to various sources. Comparisons are few and far between for pre-Thanksgiving openings in this case, but that number is certainly an underwhelming one heading into the extended holiday frame. Unfortunately, buzz for the film has never really picked up during the pre-release marketing cycle.

Meanwhile, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will remain a force to be reckoned with this weekend as it hopes to give Good Dinosaur a run for first place.

More updates as they come.


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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

"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

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.


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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.

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nov25wknd.pngTheir 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

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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