'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 Fri, Oct. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sinister$7,416,439--2,527--$2,935$7,416,4391Lionsgate / Summit
2Taken 2$7,083,104182%3,70645$1,911$71,341,9562Fox
3Argo$5,891,522--3,232--$1,823$5,891,5221Warner Bros.
4Hotel Transylvania$4,190,403279%3,37523$1,242$89,083,0203Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$3,596,217--3,014--$1,193$3,596,2171Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$3,010,125198%2,78717$1,080$29,758,5883Universal
7Looper$1,883,698102%2,605-388$723$47,026,1233Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$1,356,781--1,480--$917$1,356,7811CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$702,046--1,012--$694$702,0461Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$525,00346%1,551-819$338$35,197,1784Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$474,04756%1,812-1191$262$31,692,1564Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$434,945107%1,866-854$233$29,120,9494Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$691,325405%726505$952$4,676,7704Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$221,65067%682-182$325$13,318,5585Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$150,026120%465-110$323$445,838,62313Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$88,455108%194-50$456$6,398,3445Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$77,637-36%480-1266$162$39,805,8675Disney
6Resident Evil: Retribution$71,830-31%349-1012$206$41,583,9565Sony / Screen Gems
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$57,925152%237-63$244$159,647,13514Fox
8The Possession$52,00345%369-452$141$48,623,0277Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$51,45064%245-237$210$112,473,73010Universal
10Won't Back Down$34,098-66%513-2004$66$4,994,0813Fox
11Dredd 3D$30,808-55%155-676$199$13,080,5044Lionsgate
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$30,149150%176-81$171$48,348,71411Fox
14Ted (2012)$28,95563%145-42$200$218,445,10016Universal
15Hope Springs (2012)$27,084--215-224$126$63,374,75610Sony / Columbia
16Premium Rush$25,851--16386$159$20,057,1998Sony / Columbia
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,700103%122-33$161$216,299,80819Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Expendables 2$18,98764%146-167$130$84,454,9779Lionsgate
19Lawless$18,6661%287-324$65$37,115,1197Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$12,988-10%101-202$129$86,351,55110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,00740%520$500$9,060,47226Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Amazing Spider-Man$14,993--73-72$205$261,994,80815Sony / Columbia
3The Intouchables$12,19311%59-25$207$12,707,50421Weinstein Company
4Moonrise Kingdom$10,96861%56-36$196$45,426,61621Focus
5The Other Dream Team$10,756--125$896$53,3003The Film Arcade
6Barfi!$9,06829%34-76$267$2,751,0075UTV Communications
7Born to Be Wild 3D$8,71790%30-3$291$21,010,99880Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,659-8%36-15$157$11,132,67016Fox Searchlight
9Special Forces$3,120--5--$624$3,1201Entertainment One Films
10Simon and the Oaks$2,856--1--$2,856$2,8561The Film Arcade
11Safety Not Guaranteed$2,136108%18-6$119$4,003,72019FilmDistrict
12Thaandavam$1,892159%3-18$631$199,6943UTV Communications
13War of the Buttons (2012)$1,046--5--$209$1,0461Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$684-83%6-6$114$44,6122Roadside Attractions
15Toys in the Attic$252-15%2-2$126$64,3476Hannover House