Hunger Games wins Thanksgiving box office ahead of Pixar and Creed

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed,” which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday, November 29.

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 $39.2 million Friday through Sunday, while “Creed,” a new entry into the Rocky Balboa canon, came in third with $30.1 million. 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.” “Victor Frankenstein” was not so lucky. 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). The Indian censor board, which recently received flak for shortening a kissing scene in Hollywood film Spectre, has not disappointed the team of forthcoming erotic thriller Hate Story 3. “The censorship for Hate Story 3 has already been done.

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. 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. About his role, he said: “It’s looking interesting and I did this film because of these interest levels. “The response has been very encouraging. 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%. Much less financially successful was Victor Frankenstein, a macabre buddy movie starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, which could only raise a meager $2.4 million.

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