'Mockingjay – Part 2' Comfortably Remains #1 with $51.6M; 'The Good Dinosaur' Underperforms with $39.2M; 'Creed' Strong in First Round with $30.1M; 'Victor Frankenstein' Lifeless with $2.35MNovember 29, 2015 09:09 AM

by Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in an estimated $51.6 million over the three-day weekend to comfortably remain in first place. The final chapter of the young adult blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence declined 50 percent from last weekend. The film continues to display stronger early holding power than last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which fell 53 percent in its second weekend to gross $56.97 million. Mockingjay - Part 2 has grossed $198.31 million in ten days of release. The film is currently running 12 percent behind the $225.68 million ten-day take of Mockingjay - Part 2 and should continue to make up some ground in the comparison going forward. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in an estimated $75.75 million over the extended five-day holiday frame.

IMAX grosses made up an estimated $5.7 million of the overall five-day take for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. The ten-day IMAX total for the film stands at $15.1 million, which represents 7.6 percent of the film's overall gross.

The Good Dinosaur opened in second place with an estimated three-day take of $39.19 million. The latest 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar debuted below expectations and delivered the lowest opening weekend performance for a Pixar film since the $33.26 million take of A Bug's Life way back in 1998. When adjusting for ticket price inflation the three-day weekend gross for The Good Dinosaur was the lowest ever for a Pixar film. At the same time, The Good Dinosaur did register the fourth largest three-day Thanksgiving weekend debut on record (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). The Good Dinosaur has grossed $55.57 million in five days, which gave the film an estimated five-day weekend to three-day weekend ratio of 1.42 to 1. The film is running 19 percent behind the $68.71 million five-day Thanksgiving start of 2010's Tangled. Going forward, The Good Dinosaur will likely hold up very well thanks in part to the relative lack of strong family alternatives to Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens throughout the holiday season.

The Good Dinosaur received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a promising sign going forward. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (53 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and under (58 percent). Family audiences represented 79 percent of the film's overall audience (in comparison, families made up 71 percent of the opening weekend audience for Inside Out earlier this year).

Warner and MGM's Creed took in an estimated $30.12 million to open in third over the three-day frame. The critically acclaimed seventh installment of the Rocky franchise outpaced expectations with a strong five-day start of $42.60 million. With an estimated five-day to three-day ratio of 1.41 to 1, Creed was also quite back-loaded for a non-holiday opener aimed at adults over Thanksgiving weekend. That is a good early sign for the film going forward. Without taking into account for ticket-price inflation, Creed registered the tenth largest three-day Thanksgiving weekend debut on record. Creed opened an extremely impressive 95 percent ahead of the $21.85 million five-day pre-Christmas start of 2006's Rocky Balboa. However, it should be noted that as a Thanksgiving release, Creed is likely to be more front-loaded than Rocky Balboa was. In a month full of wide releases that have failed to live up to expectations, Creed already looks to be a much needed exception to that trend.

Like The Good Dinosaur, Creed also received a healthy A rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards both male moviegoers (66 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (62 percent).

Spectre claimed fourth place with an estimated three-day take of $12.80 million. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise was down 15 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid holiday hold for the film, especially given the strong start of Creed. Spectre has grossed $176.05 million in 24 days. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $151.62 million 24-day take of 2008's Quantum of Solace and 28 percent behind the $245.59 million 24-day gross of 2012's Skyfall. Spectre took in an estimated $18.15 million over the five-day frame.

The Peanuts Movie rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.70 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky fell 27 percent from last weekend. That represented a significant decline for a family film over Thanksgiving weekend, especially given the lower than expected start of The Good Dinosaur. The Peanuts Movie has grossed $116.76 million in 24 days, which places the film 22 percent behind the $149.28 million 24-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. The estimated five-day holiday take for The Peanuts Movie stands at $13.60 million.

On the heels of last weekend's underwhelming start, Sony's The Night Before held up nicely this weekend with an estimated sixth place take of $8.20 million. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie was down 17 percent. The Night Before has grossed $24.11 million in ten days and is likely to continue to hold up well throughout the holiday season. The film is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $23.24 million ten-day take of 2011's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. The Night Before took in an estimated $11.50 million over the five-day frame.

Meanwhile, Fox's Victor Frankenstein was absolutely lifeless this weekend with an estimated twelfth place start of just $2.35 million. The horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy has only managed $3.44 million through its first five days of release, which gives the film an estimated 5-day to 3-day ratio of 1.46 to 1. Victor Frankenstein obviously opened well below its already modest expectations and won't stick around in theatres long after this weekend's poor start. The film received a soft C rating on CinemaScore.

The news was far better for both Spotlight and Brooklyn, which took in respective estimated three-day grosses of $4.50 million and $3.83 million. Open Road's Spotlight was up 27 percent over last weekend upon expanding into an additional 299 locations, while Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn was up 230 percent upon expanding into an additional 845 locations. Respective 24-day grosses for the awards season hopefuls stand at $12.35 million for Spotlight and at $7.29 million for Brooklyn. For the five-day frame Spotlight took in an estimated $5.73 million and Brooklyn took in an estimated $4.85 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 4 - Sun, Mar. 6

Wide (1000+)

2The Adjustment Bureau$21,157,730--2,840--$7,450$21,157,7301Universal
3Beastly$9,851,102--1,952--$5,047$9,851,1021CBS Films
4Hall Pass$8,861,053-35%2,9500$3,004$26,846,8082Warner Bros. / New Line
5Gnomeo and Juliet$7,240,315-46%2,984-53$2,426$84,022,3254Disney
6Unknown (2011)$6,520,232-48%2,913-130$2,238$53,029,4963Warner Bros.
7Just Go With It$6,431,246-39%2,920-624$2,202$88,131,3164Sony / Columbia
8The King's Speech$6,230,227-15%2,240-145$2,781$123,546,10415Weinstein Company
9I Am Number Four$5,750,190-48%2,903-253$1,981$46,488,6063Disney / DreamWorks
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,277,128-54%2,254-556$1,898$68,828,5394Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$3,464,679--2,003--$1,730$3,464,6791Relativity Media
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,281,157-57%1,642-1179$1,998$33,250,8353Fox
13Drive Angry$2,225,659-57%2,2900$972$9,103,9512Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Fighter$1,118,397-29%575-93$1,945$92,037,54613Paramount
2Black Swan$1,012,346-24%68164$1,487$105,118,88614Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$975,388-50%725-497$1,345$168,681,08811Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$821,12424%23599$3,494$3,391,0354Fox Searchlight
6The Roommate$585,489-70%606-1120$966$36,845,7725Sony / Screen Gems
7The Grace Card$464,774-54%296-56$1,570$1,697,6152IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8Barney's Version$402,033-29%215-84$1,870$5,999,2988Sony Pictures Classics
9No Strings Attached$370,321-74%425-941$871$69,659,7947Paramount
10Biutiful$274,256-40%146-36$1,878$4,232,81810Roadside Attractions
11The Eagle$265,380-83%327-1241$812$19,143,4224Focus
12TRON: Legacy$243,434-26%239-37$1,019$171,363,35012Disney
13Yogi Bear$228,330-8%266-100$858$98,153,68112Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$217,521-67%269-398$809$97,037,5918Sony / Columbia
15Little Fockers$177,905-24%221-40$805$148,219,53511Universal
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$158,423-34%208-95$762$294,562,16216Warner Bros.
17The Rite$157,972-67%201-344$786$32,622,5196Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$151,178-35%185-63$817$103,994,95413Fox
19127 Hours$122,976-59%135-85$911$18,136,89918Fox Searchlight
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$99,350-36%156-48$637$42,572,63911Fox
21The Company Men$94,750-56%112-73$846$4,057,4397Weinstein Company
22The Tourist$91,513-35%142-52$644$67,631,15713Sony / Columbia
23The Mechanic$68,389-79%109-295$627$288,805,3346CBS Films
24Season of the Witch$56,965-45%109-62$523$24,744,4169Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Of Gods and Men$279,011-10%429$6,643$818,2462Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,181-8%49-1$3,024$22,552,19351Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Blue Valentine (2010)$95,826-54%96-71$998$9,408,65210Weinstein Company
4Another Year$85,335-37%66-41$1,293$2,901,26310Sony Pictures Classics
5The Illusionist (2010)$80,212-46%76-49$1,055$1,867,83811Sony Pictures Classics
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$70,973-25%130$5,459$1,457,229433D Entertainment
7Inside Job$68,431104%42-11$1,629$4,121,15322Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Sea 3D$61,621-12%17-2$3,625$27,388,824108Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$61,101-71%44-73$1,389$1,240,5254Shorts International
10The Last Lions$59,589120%1410$4,256$184,5603National Geographic
11Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$55,987-14%193$2,947$230,0733Vitagraph
12happythankyoumoreplease$35,063--2--$17,532$35,0631Anchor Bay Films
13I Am (2011)$31,90465%53$6,381$70,1963Paladin
14Poetry$30,30552%115$2,755$114,8804Kino International
15Rabbit Hole$28,738-46%55-28$523$2,119,97312Lionsgate
16Space Station 3D$27,517-22%52$5,503$82,966,770464IMAX
17Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$23,540--3--$7,847$27,8301Strand Releasing
18Unstoppable (2010)$19,491-45%34-32$573$81,557,47917Fox
19Casino Jack$17,35939%3013$579$991,31612IDP/ATO Pictures
20From Prada to Nada$15,800-72%35-46$451$2,939,1286Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$14,953438%75$2,136$117,4659First Run Features
22I Saw the Devil$13,567--2--$6,784$13,5671Magnolia / Magnet
23Putty Hill$13,231801%32$4,410$22,0203Cinema Guild
24Cold Weather$10,808-15%62$1,801$78,7675IFC Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,55221%52$1,910$756,26931National Geographic
26Winter's Bone$9,318-87%13-122$717$6,520,14539Roadside Attractions
27The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,7840%124$732$117,2847IFC Films
28Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,9033%10$7,903$22,8112Rialto
29Heartbeats$7,90110%21$3,951$18,6582IFC Films
30Public Speaking$6,4383%10$6,438$23,4582Rialto
31Waste Land$6,022-33%5-1$1,204$179,67219Arthouse Films
32Every Day$5,912117%20$2,956$41,7248Image Entertainment
33Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,857-12%41$1,464$59,8774Phase 4 Films
34I Love You Phillip Morris$5,485-16%13-2$422$1,963,87714Roadside Attractions
367 Khoon Maaf$5,333-88%15-53$356$268,6623UTV Communications
37Deep Sea 3D$5,243-40%2-1$2,622$44,052,378262Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541Tostie Productions
39Made in Dagenham$4,9549%6-4$826$1,043,69916Sony Pictures Classics
40A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,90935%31$1,636$19,3218Strand Releasing
41Kaboom$4,691-48%6-5$782$89,8286IFC Films
42Marwencol$4,188566%32$1,396$104,10022Cinema Guild
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,015-5%20$2,008$23,540,631179National Geographic
44Vanishing on 7th Street$4,000-43%5-1$800$19,3163Magnolia / Magnet
45The Way Back$3,777-81%5-10$755$2,705,6367Newmarket Films
46All Good Things$3,71416%51$743$547,95014Magnolia Pictures
47Bhutto$3,629--3--$1,210$91,16614First Run Features
48Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,143-52%30$1,048$419,82021Zeitgeist Films
49Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,659-42%3-3$886$181,8796Variance Films
50My Dog Tulip$2,245-34%1-1$2,245$216,95727New Yorker Films
51Four Lions$2,0831%21$1,042$308,76918Drafthouse Films
52Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,970--2--$985$20,1338Kino International
53Carancho$1,433-52%10$1,433$39,9574Strand Releasing
54The Strange Case of Angelica$1,233--2--$617$38,37110Cinema Guild
55Into Eternity$835--2--$418$15,6795International Film Circuit
56What Women Want (2011)$782-23%10$782$123,3255China Lion Film
57The Taqwacores$62742%10$627$11,17520Strand Releasing
58Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$502-26%10$502$41,12617Film Desk
59Enemies of the People$323-82%1-1$323$69,50632International Film Circuit
60Brotherhood (2010)$314-96%1-1$314$19,5253Phase 4 Films
61Orgasm Inc.$31157%10$311$21,7964First Run Features
62Animal Kingdom$297-12%10$297$1,042,34930Sony Pictures Classics
63The Woodmans$114-88%1-1$114$32,8807Lorber Films