‘Hunger Games’ beats ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ at box office

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Tops ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ at Box Office.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 held on to the top spot at the US box office at the weekend after posting a spectacular $75.8m (£50.5m) over the long Thanksgiving holiday week. Black Friday sales have been declining over the past few years, so it’s only natural that some of the money that remains in consumer pockets has gone on movie tickets.Holiday revenue is up sharply from 2014 despite ‘Victor Frankenstein’ being a turkey; ‘Carol’ beats the debut of ‘The Danish Girl’ at the specialty box office.

The final Hunger Games movie has now posted $198.3m in North America in just two weeks, and is running ahead of its predecessor (final total $337.1m) at the world’s largest box office. Disney and Pixar’s animated dinosaur movie took second place, bringing in $39.2 million Friday through Sunday, while “Creed,” a new entry into the Rocky Balboa canon, came in third with $30.1 million.

While most in the US were probably stuffed from Thursday’s festivities, the movie box office was dominated by The Hunger Games, with Mockingjay — Part 2 occupying first place for the second week. The $40 million revival of Mary Shelley’s monster classic, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, proved lifeless in theaters, earning just $2.35 million from Friday to Sunday. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc.

In second place was Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, opening over the weekend to a big if not truly spectacular box office, followed by the hard-hitting Creed in the third spot. The film, which cost a reported $175 million to $200 million to produce, grossed $55.6 million in its first five days in theaters. “This Pixar group has just been so consistent with high-quality storytelling that appeals to all audiences. Mockingjay 2 also dominated overseas, grossing another $62 million for a foreign tally of $242.4 million and global total of $440.7 million through Sunday. 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. While reviews have been reasonable – the film has a 77% “fresh” rating on the critical aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus is that Peter Sohn’s film is not a Pixar classic. “I found it desperately disappointing, unoriginal and twee, exactly the kind of creative cul-de-sac that we’d been afraid of before Inside Out,” wrote the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw. “The story is unsubtly borrowed from The Lion King and The Jungle Book, with bits of Ice Age and The Croods.

The monstrous success of Jurassic World ensured it remained in the top slot on June 21st, gobbling up $106.6 million on its second weekend in theaters. The trio of new films opened Wednesday, with overall revenue for the five-day stretch hitting an estimated $256 million, up 12 percent from last year. Both movies were critically well received, and both posted impressive box office results, but neither feels like the knockout hits the studio is known for.

The U.K. led with $4.3 million, followed by Mexico ($3.6 million) and France ($3.2 million). “With this start, buoyed by great critical and consumer response, we’re in a fantastic place to play throughout Christmas,” said Disney distribution president Dave Hollis, adding that there will be enough room for both Good Dinosaur and Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens Dec. 18. MGM and New Line’s Creed, boasting rave reviews and an A CinemaScore, outperformed expectations in opening to an estimated $42.6 million from 3,284 theaters for the five days, including a three-day weekend gross of $30.1 million. Reuniting up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler with his Fruitvale Station leading man (Jordan), Creed stars Stallone as the aging Rocky Balboa, who agrees to train the son of Apollo Creed, played by Jordan. Caucasians made up 38 percent of the audience, followed by African-Americans (30 percent) and Hispanics (20 percent), according to Rentrak exit polls. “It played very broadly, which is what we need for long legs,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warners executive vp domestic distribution. “Ryan Coogler just brought out the best in these actors. Everyone loves an underdog story.” The holiday’s third new movie, Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein, couldn’t even crack the top 10 after receiving a C CinemaScore.

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