‘The Good Dinosaur’ Underperforms At Holiday Box Office 13 hours ago

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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 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. 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. 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 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. 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 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 sci-fi horror Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy as Mary Shelley’s overreaching scientist alongside Daniel Radcliffe as his aide, Igor, failed to make the top 10.

Certainly Landis would roll his eyes at The Hunger Games sticking arrows in competitors on its way to first place in the box office, but his Victor Frankenstein was also beaten out by movies based on books, 60-year-old comic strips, and other movies themselves. 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.

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