Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Clinches Holiday Victory Over ‘Creed,’ ‘Good Dinosaur’

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” continues to vanquish its Thanksgiving holiday box office competitors, tracking for a five-day total of $74 million.

The Jennifer Lawrence starrer generated $21.5 million at the Friday box office in 4,175 locations. “Mockingjay — Part 2” also dominated Thanksgiving day ticket sales, bringing in $10.4 million on the holiday. The Lionsgate release is the fourth and final chapter in the “Hunger Games” films; the fourth installment bowed to $102.7 million last weekend, the lowest opening in the franchise. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened ahead of Thanksgiving in 2014 to $121.9 million.

Behind Katniss Everdeen is Disney/Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which took in $15.6 million on Friday from 3,749 locations. The animated feature is on track to finish the five-day holiday weekend with a U.S. gross around $55 million. Pixar’s 16th pic follows dinosaur Arlo, who befriends a caveboy in an alternate history of Earth.

In third place for the holiday weekend is “Creed,” the seventh chapter in the “Rocky” franchise, which pulled in $11.7 million on Friday from 3,404 locations. Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan star in the Warner Bros. pic, which should finish the weekend with around $29 million in receipts, a little shy of earlier estimates. “Creed” is released through New Line, with MGM handling co-financing and production costs on the $37 million film.

“Spectre” remains a B.O. contender in its fourth weekend of release, having made more than $5 million from 2,940 locations on Friday. The 24th James Bond film, from Sony, MGM and EON, is pegged for a five-day haul of $18 million.

“The Peanuts Movie” is still showing some strength as well, with a Friday total of $4 million from 3,089 locations. The Fox pic should wrap up the five-day holiday with about $13 million.

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  1. katniss says:

    HUNGER GAMES! :D Best Franchise Ever!!! :D

  2. Sharon says:

    I enjoyed Creed. Great movie!

  3. Creed might have done better if it was in more theaters. My girlfriend and I went to two different theaters, one in North Hollywood and the big AMC in Burbank, and both theaters the film was sold out, turning away tons of people at both places, everyone in line was there to see it. We weren’t going to wait two and a half hours to see it so we ended up going home as we’ve seen everything else but the good dinosaur that’s out. Who knows, it might have done better if given two theaters. I’m stoked to see it though.

  4. lavfxdude says:

    I think you’re misreading the CREED numbers. They’re actually STRONGER than expected – with latest estimates at approx $29mil for the 3-day weekend and $41mil+ for the 5-day holiday weekend.

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