'Mockingjay – Part 2' Comfortably Remains #1 with $52.0M; 'The Good Dinosaur' Underperforms with $39.2M; 'Creed' Strong in First Round with $29.6MNovember 30, 2015 03:45 PM

by Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in $52.00 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 49 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 $198.55 million in ten days of release. The film is currently running 12 percent behind the $225.68 million ten-day take of Mockingjay - Part 1 and should continue to make up some ground in the comparison going forward. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in $75.98 million over the extended five-day holiday frame.

The Good Dinosaur opened in second place with a three-day take of $39.16 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 $55.46 million in five days, which gave the film a 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 $29.63 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 $42.12 million. With a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.42 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 93 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 a three-day take of $12.89 million. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise was down 14 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid holiday hold for the film, especially given the strong start of Creed. Spectre has grossed $176.13 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 $18.22 million over the five-day frame.

The Peanuts Movie rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.75 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky fell 26 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 $116.80 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 Peanuts Movie took in $13.64 million over the five-day frame.

On the heels of last weekend's underwhelming start, Sony's The Night Before held up nicely this weekend with a sixth place take of $8.38 million. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie was down 15 percent. The Night Before has grossed $24.28 million in ten days and is likely to continue to hold up well throughout the holiday season. The film is currently running 4.5 percent ahead of the $23.24 million ten-day take of 2011's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. The Night Before took in $11.72 million over the five-day frame.

Meanwhile, Fox's Victor Frankenstein was absolutely lifeless this weekend with a twelfth place start of just $2.47 million. The horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy has only managed $3.57 million through its first five days of release, which gives the film a 5-day to 3-day ratio of 1.45 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 three-day grosses of $4.41 million and $3.95 million. Open Road's Spotlight was up 25 percent over last weekend upon expanding into an additional 299 locations, while Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn was up 240 percent upon expanding into an additional 845 locations. Respective 24-day grosses for the awards season hopefuls stand at $12.26 million for Spotlight and at $7.40 million for Brooklyn.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Feb. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Woman in Black$939,018-26%2,855--$329$24,258,0911CBS Films
3The Grey$713,145-25%3,20722$222$37,041,2442Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$504,208-17%2,636-442$191$55,936,6743Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$421,088-20%2,03837$207$66,800,52012Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$415,056-22%2,7370$152$20,960,7212Lionsgate
7Big Miracle$361,930-28%2,129--$170$8,995,2951Universal
8Red Tails$358,863-19%2,347-226$153$42,256,8143Fox
9Man on a Ledge$350,905-29%2,9980$117$15,819,0232Lionsgate
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$298,173-22%2,505-125$119$27,630,7537Warner Bros.
12The Artist$272,218-19%1,005108$271$21,478,73811Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$234,576-21%1,021-223$230$21,402,5516Weinstein Company
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$170,425-12%1,719-426$99$45,440,6494Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,809-17%1,077-577$133$205,657,7558Paramount
17Haywire$121,345-20%1,251-1190$97$18,251,8393Relativity Media
18War Horse$106,971-17%1,163-698$92$77,631,7067Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$97,457-23%1,350-671$72$29,289,3874Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$99,323-15%668-534$149$100,216,7977Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$84,408-15%857-673$98$184,154,9828Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$61,631-21%302-108$204$21,380,6749Focus
4Albert Nobbs$58,040-13%2450$237$1,704,8122Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$45,944-31%486-216$95$75,483,4067Paramount
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,948-8%818-252$49$128,479,2288Fox
7We Bought a Zoo$39,353-10%754-335$52$72,844,0977Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$29,988-29%171-15$175$13,102,72411Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,476-16%296105$89$280,961,54212Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$15,468-12%253-17$61$148,506,80115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,577-11%255-54$53$63,475,19212Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,518-11%303-419$45$53,100,9045Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,341-26%222160$51$54,419,3939Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,370-13%126-19$66$30,347,0209Fox
15J. Edgar$4,954-19%135-73$37$37,274,56413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,0691%450$313$16,035,58544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$13,981-12%64-16$218$3,507,66410Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,347-3%142$453$230,5003Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,244-1%4--$1,061$60,3061Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,496-10%62-55$56$83,465,84813Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,9313%195$154$629,6336Focus
7Young Adult$2,6406%58-29$46$16,241,5109Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,116-14%7-4$302$259,3837FilmDistrict
9The Darkest Hour$1,635-20%39-48$42$21,209,0537Summit
10Drive (2011)$1,5615%22-1$71$35,059,13221FilmDistrict
11Vettai$545-69%4--$136$194,5984UTV Communications