Final ‘Hunger Games’ again tops box office

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‘Creed’ Scores at Box Office.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” proved to be a tough competitor at the holiday box office, as the finale of the young adult movie series led ticket sales for a second weekend and beat newcomers “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed.” Lionsgate’s “Mockingjay – Part 2” grossed an estimated $75.8 million in the U.S. and Canada over the five-day Thanksgiving break. Although analysts had expected the film to fall to second place, the film held onto No. 1 by having the best second-weekend hold (ticket sales down just 50 percent) of any of the four films in the franchise.

The boxing drama “Creed” followed in third place with $42.6 million, while the thriller “Victor Frankenstein” barely came to life with $3.4 million. “Dinosaur” is the lowest opening for a film from Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar Animation Studios since 2007’s “Ratatouille,” and means the feature will have to hold well in weeks to come considering its budget of about $200 million. Helping its case: an “A” grade from audiences, according to the CinemaScore market-research firm, and relatively light competition for the family audience through Christmas. In the holiday season, “how you play is going to be considerably more important than how you start,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice president of distribution.

This is the first year that Pixar has released two films; “Inside Out” opened in June to $90.4 million. “Dinosaur” had been originally scheduled for release in May 2014, but Pixar postponed the release to retool parts of the movie. “Creed” registered a strong debut. Jordan as the son of original “Rocky” fighter Apollo Creed, the movie’s $42.6 million debut is especially impressive given the film’s budget of $35 million. The movie has collected strong critical reviews, received an “A” from audiences and generated awards buzz for returning franchise star Sylvester Stallone.

Critics also reviewed the movie favorably; 81 percent of those on the Rotten Tomatoes website gave it positive rating. “Dinosaur” pushed the other animated film in theaters, Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie,” to fifth place with an estimated $13.6 million. The new releases continue to get Hollywood out of a box-office slump that struck last month; year-to-date box office is up 4.2%, according to Rentrak Corp. The movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, finished significantly lower than projected with only $3.4 million and did not crack the top 10. The biographical film about the gender transition of artist Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) has found itself in conversation about potential awards recognition.

According to studio surveys, the film did well attracting its target audience of older women: 58 percent of the audience was female, and 67 percent was older than 40. “The Danish Girl” will begin expansion to more markets Dec. 11. Propelled by Oscar buzz not only for stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara but also director Todd Haynes, Weinstein Co.’s “Carol” was the per-screen average leader for the second weekend in a row.

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