'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, Dec. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$24,430,416-22%3,903--$6,259$55,621,0031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$10,144,81599%3,716-26$2,730$157,446,0994Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,345,40110%2,194--$2,892$12,093,9851Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,746,55540%3,563-600$1,613$353,684,4494Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$1,206,08350%2,264-810$533$197,433,3586Disney
6Out of the Furnace$982,08130%2,1010$467$8,886,6012Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$827,09034%2,041-864$405$27,566,3434Disney / DreamWorks
8Homefront$703,18841%2,102-468$335$18,004,0893Open Road
9The Book Thief$691,00128%1,158-158$597$14,431,8936Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$702,39625%8350$841$10,528,6684Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$499,25250%574-160$870$13,958,6397Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$428,73029%922-655$465$68,724,6555Universal
4Nebraska$374,11740%250137$1,496$3,107,0605Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$314,82646%503-397$626$252,563,68611Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$302,23947%497-585$608$36,139,3039Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$250,57137%726-813$345$61,584,4497CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$127,70452%323-317$395$103,938,36510Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$116,01148%456-701$254$100,490,1348Paramount
10Ender's Game$93,89558%331-277$284$60,459,9367Lionsgate / Summit
11Despicable Me 2$71,360129%223-29$320$367,314,63024Universal
12All Is Lost$66,34948%263116$252$5,658,3509Roadside Attractions
13Black Nativity$58,22547%260-1265$224$6,832,4353Fox Searchlight
14Free Birds$49,983142%283-919$177$53,951,6457Relativity Media
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$47,40997%175-137$271$115,381,83912Sony / Columbia
16Escape Plan$39,81755%16786$238$24,692,5639Lionsgate / Summit
17About Time$38,61035%143-123$270$15,168,3237Universal
18Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$21,829126%123-17$177$68,364,81719Fox
19Oldboy (2013)$12,15320%151-432$80$2,151,2923FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$268,08427%6--$44,681$478,9941Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$161,25628%15--$10,750$287,3981Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$140,99445%1511$9,400$791,5052CBS Films
4Enough Said$19,04146%72-22$264$17,351,99113Fox Searchlight
5Insidious: Chapter 2$13,88791%99-23$140$83,567,18014FilmDistrict
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$12,87230%40$3,218$228,7943Weinstein Company
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,51156%61-946$189$116,091,51818Weinstein Company
8Don Jon$11,46324%92-33$125$24,412,36612Relativity Media
9The Counselor$6,68539%60-11$111$16,918,1428Fox
10The Family (2013)$5,89350%56-40$105$36,883,53714Relativity Media
11Big Sur$262-9%2--$131$35,6237Ketchup Entertainment
12Linsanity$36500%2--$18$298,22011Ketchup Entertainment