'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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
198349 (Dec 09 - Dec 11) - 1983$29,604,626121%$30,528,060116%Sudden Impact
200549 (Dec 09 - Dec 11) - 2005$113,610,94550%$122,887,44541%The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
199849 (Dec 04 - Dec 06) - 1998$61,224,66445%$66,387,81049%A Bug's Life
200349 (Dec 05 - Dec 07) - 2003$85,273,47934%$97,808,90120%The Last Samurai
198849 (Dec 02 - Dec 04) - 1988$38,014,82931%$39,372,98324%The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
201349 (Dec 06 - Dec 08) - 2013$83,941,45623%$94,309,27217%Frozen (2013)
198449 (Dec 07 - Dec 09) - 1984$35,617,64220%$37,506,27923%Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
200949 (Dec 04 - Dec 06) - 2009$86,237,39917%$98,308,99219%The Blind Side
199549 (Dec 08 - Dec 10) - 1995$47,055,56317%$49,064,03710%Toy Story
198949 (Dec 08 - Dec 10) - 1989$43,716,09215%$45,192,89415%The War of the Roses
199649 (Dec 06 - Dec 08) - 1996$53,917,38015%$55,040,26312%101 Dalmatians (1996)
199249 (Dec 04 - Dec 06) - 1992$57,878,20314%$59,054,49214%Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
199149 (Dec 06 - Dec 08) - 1991$50,587,85614%$51,745,96214%Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
200049 (Dec 08 - Dec 10) - 2000$77,570,03413%$87,457,5709%How the Grinch Stole Christmas
199949 (Dec 03 - Dec 05) - 1999$68,596,86512%$80,277,70721%Toy Story 2
200849 (Dec 05 - Dec 07) - 2008$73,441,7029%$82,406,0950%Four Christmases
201249 (Dec 07 - Dec 09) - 2012$68,367,6287%$80,835,0927%Skyfall
200149 (Dec 07 - Dec 09) - 2001$81,013,6894%$87,375,6300%Ocean's Eleven
199449 (Dec 09 - Dec 11) - 1994$40,319,7632%$44,487,7153%Disclosure
199049 (Dec 07 - Dec 09) - 1990$44,268,1201%$45,330,0910%Home Alone
198549 (Dec 06 - Dec 08) - 1985$35,555,8100%$36,764,521-2%Rocky IV
198649 (Dec 05 - Dec 07) - 1986$32,982,745-7%$35,002,797-5%Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
200449 (Dec 03 - Dec 05) - 2004$75,555,253-11%$87,068,628-11%National Treasure
198749 (Dec 04 - Dec 06) - 1987$29,028,498-12%$31,761,363-9%Three Men and a Baby
201049 (Dec 03 - Dec 05) - 2010$75,004,741-13%$86,240,475-12%Tangled
201149 (Dec 09 - Dec 11) - 2011$63,846,449-15%$75,224,168-13%New Year's Eve
200749 (Dec 07 - Dec 09) - 2007$67,673,782-19%$82,214,041-15%The Golden Compass
201449 (Dec 05 - Dec 07) - 2014$68,103,918-19%$77,140,368-18%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
200249 (Dec 06 - Dec 08) - 2002$63,843,875-21%$81,558,726-7%Die Another Day
199749 (Dec 05 - Dec 07) - 1997$42,184,731-22%$44,529,270-19%Flubber
200649 (Dec 08 - Dec 10) - 2006$83,058,197-27%$97,045,431-21%Apocalypto
199349 (Dec 03 - Dec 05) - 1993$39,342,940-32%$43,373,907-27%Mrs. Doubtfire