'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 Mon, Aug. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,845,504-61%3,110177$593$53,606,1292Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,436,383-58%3,445120$417$92,723,7013Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$902,731-63%3,118--$290$14,991,0901Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$808,471-63%1,551--$521$9,620,2611Focus
6Elysium$787,724-61%2,913-371$270$69,667,9423Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$632,248-59%2,437--$259$7,652,4441Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$552,891-63%2,730-350$203$48,974,0603Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$530,100-58%2,9455$180$23,056,5452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$429,114-49%1,852-497$232$63,009,4844Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$340,585-63%1,841-630$185$65,694,5804Universal
12Despicable Me 2$336,480-57%1,402-416$240$351,037,6158Universal
13Jobs$324,523-57%2,3810$136$12,333,8242Open Road
14The Wolverine$269,622-61%1,449-609$186$125,349,0855Fox
15The Conjuring$218,622-55%1,355-646$161$131,887,6146Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$150,842-53%2,4590$61$6,401,1352Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$79,468-59%15499$516$1,983,8804A24
2Grown Ups 2$73,277-63%620-621$118$129,018,5257Sony / Columbia
3Turbo$68,784-65%470-289$146$78,854,2296Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$57,532-54%409-282$141$156,450,2989Fox
5Pacific Rim$53,439-51%260-184$206$99,228,4197Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$49,702-51%302-155$165$18,677,7998Fox Searchlight
7World War Z$45,637-48%239-68$191$198,900,57810Paramount
8Now You See Me$40,103-58%246112$163$116,473,85313Lionsgate / Summit
9Red 2$36,657-59%389-326$94$51,641,7826Lionsgate / Summit
10Man of Steel$36,054-63%303-62$119$290,265,87611Warner Bros.
11Fruitvale Station$35,175-54%392-85$90$15,220,4247Weinstein Company
12Chennai Express$32,856-70%144-46$228$4,720,6083UTV Motion Pictures
14Star Trek Into Darkness$15,247-50%144-66$106$227,393,09115Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$30,467-61%7538$406$763,2463Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$17,043-58%7--$2,435$149,6601Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,390-66%98-43$55$238,555,70014Universal
4Unfinished Song$3,315-40%27-16$123$1,614,56510Weinstein Company
5The Croods$2,793-78%69-45$40$187,076,49023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,308-28%27-9$85$4,254,56612Roadside Attractions
7Savannah$1,570-56%14--$112$17,1691Ketchup Entertainment
8Mud$756-60%16-12$47$21,582,64218Roadside Attractions
9Stories We Tell$632-41%6-2$105$1,583,66516Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$575-58%2-2$288$29,1042Freestyle Releasing
11Girl Most Likely$290-6%1-1$290$1,376,4166Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$173-51%21$87$458,0582eOne Films US
13Pain and Gain$103-83%22-64$5$49,875,03618Paramount