'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 Sat, Sep. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$6,327,2004%2,816--$2,247$12,405,8601Lionsgate
2Lawless$3,480,55026%2,888--$1,205$8,389,2681Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$3,342,27351%3,334-21$1,002$62,911,3343Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$2,661,35049%3,131-523$850$93,444,4604Universal
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,426,59572%2,63537$921$33,710,7933Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$2,247,57559%2,187-419$1,028$428,977,0177Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$2,030,69146%2,941-361$690$70,995,3094Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,774,83951%2,44139$727$50,306,9844Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,449,22843%2,2550$643$10,820,2982Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$925,01340%2,8700$322$9,055,8432Open Road
12Sparkle (2012)$718,60059%1,257-987$572$21,097,3773Sony / TriStar
13Marvel's The Avengers$688,18480%1,705--$404$618,921,19318Disney
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$548,13283%1,204-761$455$44,615,1535Fox
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$506,35285%1,036-514$489$155,113,5608Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$166,14633%2,160--$77$516,4941Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$351,34263%50183$701$259,166,7959Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$319,62047%756-820$423$56,405,9735Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$288,91547%561-222$515$215,650,17010Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$249,90888%505131$495$214,292,54613Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Apparition$233,03431%8100$288$4,029,1442Warner Bros.
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$201,20862%26755$754$9,415,50010Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$152,59289%175-19$872$10,870,21815Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$126,72158%197-135$643$44,070,11415Focus
9Step Up Revolution$118,47577%236-192$502$34,067,5966Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$85,45667%195-55$438$33,670,9626Fox
11Men in Black 3$74,29583%186-46$399$178,719,08415Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$73,95374%17973$413$65,186,76410Lionsgate
13Magic Mike$56,72926%268-87$212$113,334,70610Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$42,18569%143-51$295$155,044,60514Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$39,59268%105-7$377$45,891,14418Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$24,97790%145-44$172$407,961,44424Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$56,85063%520$1,093$8,165,26720Warner Bros. / IMAX
2For A Good Time, Call...$48,64111%23--$2,115$92,3111Focus
3Joker$37,12126%74--$502$66,5611UTV Communications
4Ruby Sparks$35,39863%78-57$454$2,237,1926Fox Searchlight
5Cosmopolis$32,25531%652$496$573,9473Entertainment One Films
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,640151%49-26$380$37,445,45311Fox
7Mugamoodi$18,2741%21--$870$37,5421UTV Communications
9Born to Be Wild 3D$17,43230%330$528$20,748,45574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Little White Lies$17,01759%129$1,418$65,0452MPI Media
12Safety Not Guaranteed$14,79774%48-6$308$3,803,67313FilmDistrict
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$6,15666%31-99$199$3,335,5584ARC Entertainment
14The Day$4,56677%12--$381$9,8691Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$2,406140%3-3$802$307,82914GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$86836%2-3$434$186,2068Weinstein Company