'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 Thu, Jul. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$13,202,371-4%4,404--$2,998$225,011,3591Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,230,84215%3,8865$831$101,547,2142Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$1,580,1747%3,753-565$421$235,252,6103Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$1,398,0906%3,214-89$435$186,265,6004Universal
6Magic Mike$762,4593%2,606-484$293$105,006,8554Warner Bros.
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$298,32833%1,261-1024$237$208,670,4007Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$281,9966%1,540-464$183$61,427,2974Lionsgate
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$250,65413%1,123-1609$223$23,585,8973Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$291,63412%895-29$326$37,206,4999Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$110,15718%495-252$223$615,483,85112Disney
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$104,2194%12948$808$3,280,8904Fox Searchlight
4Dark Shadows$90,559-22%412173$220$79,063,30011Warner Bros.
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$73,5018%288-54$255$44,136,26412Fox Searchlight
6Snow White and the Huntsman$71,57513%409-268$175$152,867,2358Universal
8Rock of Ages$41,9152%32267$130$38,128,4866Warner Bros. / New Line
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$34,7615%266-389$131$36,620,5655Fox
10The Hunger Games$34,7184%190-22$183$405,363,38318Lionsgate
11Safety Not Guaranteed$24,3637%124-58$196$3,033,2677FilmDistrict
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$22,54517%167-1$135$214,030,50021Universal
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$20,0894%192-29$105$41,032,87210Lionsgate
15The Dictator$8,63310%105-56$82$59,650,22210Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,8129%520$1,343$6,220,30514Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$48,7734%918$536$7,256,5689Weinstein Company
3Ruby Sparks$20,2794%13--$1,560$39,8360Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$20,2598%330$614$20,151,65668Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$8,448-14%53-19$159$44,195,65615Fox
6Mirror Mirror$6,84121%59-32$116$64,853,77917Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$4,00917%33-9$121$5,572,0378ARC Entertainment
8Easy Money (2012)$1,998-5%20$999$61,6042Weinstein Company
9The Imposter$1,71626%1--$1,716$47,3912Indomina Releasing
10A Cat In Paris$1,67416%180$93$237,5218GKIDS