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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.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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.

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. 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.

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. 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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