'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Sep. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,239,01852%2,3300$3,965$54,860,8052Disney
2Dolphin Tale$8,636,20869%3,507--$2,463$13,733,3371Warner Bros.
3Moneyball$8,374,49724%2,993--$2,798$15,102,6921Sony / Columbia
5Contagion$3,856,18947%3,136-86$1,230$55,033,8013Warner Bros.
6Killer Elite$3,699,1059%2,986--$1,239$7,105,3131Open Road
7Drive (2011)$2,402,72529%2,90418$827$19,922,7462FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,908,31645%2,695-319$708$153,266,1067Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$860,20726%2,4080$357$8,329,2852Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$858,30426%2,49014$345$7,504,3092Weinstein Company
11The Debt$596,80067%1,067-764$559$28,661,1794Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$545,48372%1,178-1162$463$173,300,4588Fox
13Warrior (2011)$470,35734%1,411-472$333$11,910,6413Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$349,351202%1,207-443$289$36,773,4336Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$521,37644%28757$1,817$4,914,6573CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$432,52760%847-1086$511$34,888,8995Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$353,12940%675-470$523$81,890,0609Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$258,687103%669-750$387$138,198,3209Sony / Columbia
5Shark Night 3D$224,40366%637-1445$352$18,115,8094Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$178,37875%251-55$711$351,781,68113Paramount / DreamWorks
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$175,36781%320-281$548$378,709,04311Warner Bros.
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$162,90248%424-910$384$23,396,5295FilmDistrict
9Zookeeper$143,56477%294-54$488$79,544,09012Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$139,51963%334-206$418$174,715,88010Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$124,22553%345-269$360$99,203,8169Universal
12Horrible Bosses$116,77032%313-131$373$116,882,26212Warner Bros. / New Line
13Our Idiot Brother$111,35837%411-1336$271$24,378,0505Weinstein Company
14Seven Days in Utopia$91,97814%272-165$338$3,956,6644Visio Entertainment
15Apollo 18$85,81249%339-1456$253$17,340,6154Weinstein Company
16Final Destination 5$74,90766%254-48$295$42,330,9327Warner Bros. / New Line
17Bad Teacher$69,19442%232-242$298$99,642,06414Sony / Columbia
18Sarah's Key$60,29767%151-115$399$6,556,58310Weinstein Company
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$50,78999%153-60$332$68,005,82115Fox
20The Change-Up$47,32040%169-138$280$37,011,3408Universal
21Kung Fu Panda 2$38,171104%113-29$338$165,208,56718Paramount / DreamWorks
22Super 8$35,78375%117-42$306$126,957,99716Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,29987%490$1,027$12,967,44825Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$34,96660%4829$728$241,0924Indomina Media
330 Minutes or Less$32,94643%95-196$347$37,036,8587Sony / Columbia
4Machine Gun Preacher$21,228105%4--$5,307$31,5581Relativity Media
5Thunder Soul$19,417-2%35--$555$39,2831Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$14,91828%34-12$439$23,170,85913Fox
7Circumstance$14,22254%29-2$490$300,8885Roadside Attractions
8The Tree of Life$12,84153%39-2$329$13,194,82418Fox Searchlight
9Saving Private Perez$11,52570%44-72$262$1,378,8604Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Green Lantern (2011)$11,18570%49-54$228$116,586,13415Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$8,75536%56-98$156$21,205,6946Lionsgate
12The Future$4,39181%27-2$163$518,5939Roadside Attractions
13Attack the Block$3,44938%17-18$203$1,021,6349Sony / Screen Gems
14The Devil's Double$3,21442%4823$67$1,354,9439Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,389-23%181$77$390,25912Roadside Attractions