'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, Jul. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$13,006,545--2,806--$4,635$13,006,5451Universal
2Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$10,420,76779%3,9692$2,626$113,373,6112Fox
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,368,061--3,826--$1,664$6,368,0611Disney
4Sex Tape$5,670,011--3,062--$1,852$5,670,0111Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,793,23059%3,224-689$866$219,950,1184Paramount
6Tammy$2,294,91676%3,402-63$675$65,943,0123Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$1,420,74784%2,229-582$637$177,229,8586Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,087,69921%2,169-716$501$157,959,5946Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$1,019,74625%2,450-780$416$29,739,0603Relativity Media
11Begin Again$743,454133%1,302363$571$7,469,1204Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$504,76248%1,030-75$490$10,248,4584Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$492,1207%1,491-1558$330$28,175,8703Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$313,5012%1,003-965$313$43,547,2215Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$343,68172%628-603$547$63,208,0085Sony / Screen Gems
2Edge of Tomorrow$320,41451%602-501$532$95,835,0647Warner Bros.
3Chef$270,10275%552-149$489$25,081,78711Open Road
4The Fault in Our Stars$258,26210%557-445$464$121,041,3407Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$197,65749%387-268$511$229,972,3199Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$147,471308%32623$452$198,652,26310Warner Bros.
8Rio 2$92,98926%256-29$363$130,028,97715Fox
9Blended$85,18758%285-50$299$45,022,2379Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$74,75047%230-37$325$148,914,80511Universal
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$67,979--218-57$312$201,915,07312Sony / Columbia
12Heaven is for Real$36,740--149-24$247$90,989,07214Sony / TriStar
13The LEGO Movie$14,858-41%202-148$74$257,457,39924Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wish I Was Here$150,266--68--$2,210$150,2661Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$51,931-14%410$1,267$4,511,05916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$31,65035%90-2$352$2,843,3588eOne Films US
4Belle$28,16231%92-15$306$10,365,84612Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$13,56041%46-17$295$58,904,20420Fox Searchlight
6The Other Woman (2014)$11,5306%60-36$192$83,796,74513Fox
7Words and Pictures$9,84851%33-7$298$2,026,9289Roadside Attractions
8I Origins$9,530--4--$2,383$9,5301Fox Searchlight
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,048-19%63-15$112$111,274,75620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Yves Saint Laurent$6,74215%11-3$613$191,4884Weinstein Company
11Fed Up$2,63743%12-8$220$1,512,56311RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$1,734-35%11-14$158$60,733,18318Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,155904%104$116$204,0887RADiUS-TWC
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819-12%1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
15Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222-49%8-2$28$8,458,34111Clarius Entertainment
16The Hornet's Nest$97-6%1-1$97$310,82511Freestyle Releasing