'Mockingjay – Part 2' Remains #1 on Thanksgiving with $10.4M; 'The Good Dinosaur' ($6.56M) Barely Stays Ahead of 'Creed' ($6.46M) for Second; 'Victor Frankenstein' Lifeless with $0.47MNovember 27, 2015 12:05 PM

by Daniel Garris

Please note that because of the holiday weekend, today's figures are a mix of estimates and actual grosses.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in an estimated $10.4 million on Thanksgiving Day to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The final chapter of the young adult blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence declined a sizable 24 percent from Wednesday's performance. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 fell 24 percent on Thanksgiving Day as well to gross $11.08 million. Mockingjay - Part 2 has grossed $146.71 million through its first week of release. That is less than expected and places the film 13 percent below the $168.71 million seven-day start of Mockingjay - Part 1. At the same time, with a two-day take of $24.15 million on Wednesday and Thursday, Mockingjay Part 2 will easily be the top film over the extended holiday frame with a five-day take of roughly $75 million to $79 million.

The Good Dinosaur held steady in second place with an estimated $6.56 million. The 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was down a sharp 33 percent from Wednesday. It should be noted that it is commonplace for animated films to experience sizable declines on Thanksgiving Day, before rebounding in a big way on Black Friday. Back in 2010, Tangled fell 32 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $8.07 million. With a two-day take of $16.37 million, The Good Dinosaur is running 18 percent behind the $19.93 million two-day start of Tangled. If The Good Dinosaur continues to maintain a similar pace over the weekend, it would be headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $55 million to $59 million. That would be below expectations and relatively soft by Pixar's lofty standards. The Good Dinosaur received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Warner and MGM's Creed took in an estimated $6.46 million to remain in third. The critically acclaimed seventh installment of the Rocky franchise was up a healthy 8 percent over Wednesday's opening day performance. Creed is performing on the high end of pre-release expectations with a two-day start of $12.48 million. That places the film a healthy 29 percent ahead of the $9.69 million two-day take of Rocky Balboa, which opened on a Wednesday just before Christmas back in 2006. At its current pace, Creed appears headed for a five-day launch in the area of $37 million to $41 million. In a month full of wide releases that have failed to live up to expectations, it is already looking like Creed will be a much needed exception to that trend. Like The Good Dinosaur, Creed also received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Spectre claimed fourth place with an estimated $2.67 million. The latest installment of Sony and MGM's James Bond franchise was essentially unchanged from Wednesday. Spectre placed in second for the week with a weekly take of $24.15 million. That represented a 45 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to $163.25 million.

Fellow Sony release The Night Before was up one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top four with an estimated $1.68 million. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie was down 1 percent from Wednesday. The Night Before placed in fifth for the week with $15.93 million. While that was below expectations, The Night Before is showing early signs of having a lengthy run going forward.

The Peanuts Movie took sixth place with an estimated $1.44 million. The 3D computer animated adaptation from Fox and Blue Sky was down a very sharp 42 percent from Wednesday, but like The Good Dinosaur, should rebound in a big way today. The Peanuts Movie took third place this week with $20.92 million. The film was down 25 percent from the previous frame and has grossed $107.06 million in three weeks.

Meanwhile, fellow Fox release Victor Frankenstein remained absolutely lifeless on Thursday with an estimated twelfth place take of $470,000. The horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy was down 23 percent from Wednesday, which represents a very troubling Thanksgiving Day hold for a film aimed at adult audiences. Victor Frankenstein is on course to become one of the year's poorest performers with a two-day start of only $1.08 million. The film received a soft C rating on CinemaScore.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, May. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$4,445,16712%4,249-100$1,046$476,684,7883Disney
3The Dictator$1,542,6411%3,0085$513$31,848,1041Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,151,34210%3,7550$307$55,482,8962Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,051,6347%3,021--$348$15,021,2481Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$399,29521%2,064-467$193$393,008,7859Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$257,4127%1,722-295$149$86,871,9415Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$206,12819%2,005-834$103$57,712,8335Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$168,39513%1,840-1008$92$26,204,3044Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$135,12510%1,175-1394$115$27,655,2854Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$471,0052%354176$1,331$10,203,4963Fox Searchlight
3The Cabin in the Woods$52,2389%448-581$117$40,758,7216Lionsgate
4Mirror Mirror$46,56833%407-200$114$61,718,2578Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$45,48020%379-76$120$210,363,77012Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$40,9411%36095$114$82,695,3768Warner Bros.
7The Three Stooges$39,58310%594-433$67$41,981,3546Fox
8Bully (2012)$37,126-10%204-59$182$3,254,4738Weinstein Company
9Girl in Progress$34,72010%3220$108$2,278,2732Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Safe (2012)$34,0201%503-1187$68$16,736,9534Lionsgate
11The Raven$33,9813%432-1456$79$15,675,4904Relativity Media
12American Reunion$24,65031%290-231$85$56,592,1057Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,22722%245-15$83$102,933,49315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$16,37321%134-66$122$8,780,83511CBS Films
15Lockout$8,89416%191-64$47$14,326,8656Open Road
16A Thousand Words$6,17514%110-17$56$18,398,11811Paramount
17The Artist$4,24718%103-648$41$44,563,75026Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$73,41216%490$1,498$2,084,7715Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,69825%340$638$19,003,85659Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$19,11732%55--$348$318,4351Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,78940%70-87$126$57,767,5917Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$6,2309%37-9$168$272,9404Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,8377%90-42$65$54,692,77014Fox
7Act of Valor$4,98531%96-22$52$69,994,27713Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,625-13%25-11$65$7,232,75911Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,1320%17-6$67$1,206,6836Code Black Entertainment
10The Road (2012)$1,12330%10-40$112$92,4762Freestyle Releasing
11Coriolanus$1,118-23%8-3$140$754,30218Weinstein Company
12Lovely Molly$994-8%5--$199$16,5541Image Entertainment
13Undefeated$7423%9-4$82$551,21414Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$398-9%7-4$57$593,9746Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$199-31%3-6$66$49,869,88118Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5216%1-11$52$43,456,13215Fox