Box office hits and misses: Mockingjay wins the weekend, but Creed goes the …

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Field workplace: ‘Good Dinosaur’ takes early lead over ‘Creed,’ ‘Mockingjay’.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6m to top The Good Dinosaur and Creed, which both debuted on Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday. The fourth and final Hunger Games movie shrugged off lukewarm reviews to rule the North American box office for the second straight week over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, industry figures showed Sunday. Disney and Pixar’s animated dinosaur movie took second place, bringing in $39.2m on Friday through Sunday, while Creed, a new entry into the Rocky Balboa canon, came in third with $30.1m.

The film has already pulled in $9.8 million in the U.S. and Canada from the first day of the holiday break, well on its way to a projected $60 million to $70 million in ticket sales. the animated picture, giving it an A score, according to polling firm CinemaScore. It made $102 million the first weekend, but that was below the take of the first two movies in the franchise, perhaps signalling waning interest in the Hunger Games. The film also received a favorable 81% positive rating from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website. “Dinosaur’s” will likely also push out the other animated film in theaters, ’s “The Peanuts Movie.” Charlie Brown and Snoopy have floated in the top three since the film’s Nov. 6 debut, for a domestic gross to date of over $103 million.

Third place went to the generally well-received boxing movie Creed, a next generation version of the Rocky series, whose revenue totalled $42.6 million in its first week in theatres. Pixar is hoping for its second hit of the year with “Dinosaur,” coming after June’s “Inside Out.” That film debuted to more than $90 million and has racked up a staggering $851 million worldwide. “The Good Dinosaur,” like other Pixar features, is said to have cost $175 million to $200 million. This weekend’s result is another testament to the way they do things,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney. “We are off and running in a great way and also set up for a very, very long run.” Creed, meanwhile, came out swinging.

The family-friendly film was the first big screen rendering in 35 years for the comic book characters created by the late Charles Schulz, who died in 2000. The rest of the top 10 were: in sixth place The Night Before ($11.5 million); Secret in their Eyes ($6.0 million) took seventh spot; Spotlight ($5.7 million) was in eighth place; Brooklyn ($4.9 million); and in tenth place was The Martian ($4.6 million).

Jordan, and Tessa Thompson broke an industry record for Tuesday pre-shows for Thanksgiving weekend, with $1.4 million. have raved about Jordan’s performance as Adonis Creed, son of Rocky Balboa opponent-turned-friend Apollo Creed, who was played by Carl Weathers. The $40m revival of Mary Shelley’s monster classic, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, proved lifeless in theatres, earning just $2.35m from Friday to Sunday. “Rankings are not as important this weekend as how these films can play for the long haul,” he said. “I haven’t seen this crowded of a marketplace in years …

On the limited-release front, eyes will remain on the performance of Open Road’s “Spotlight.” The Tom McCarthy-directed drama about the Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of sexual abuse by priests was the only holdover from last week’s top 10 to post a week-to-week increase — 166%.

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