“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” will lead the U.S. box office with about $73 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday at 4,175 locations, early estimates showed Wednesday.
The opening of Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” appears to be roaring to $63 million for the long weekend and New Line-MGM’s “Creed” will come in above forecasts in the $40 million range at 3,350 sites. “Creed” scored an industry record for previews on a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night with $1.4 million, edging “The Good Dinosaur” at $1.3 million.
Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein,” which opened with a modest $175,000 at 2,100 locations at Tuesday previews, is showing only slight traction. The Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy starrer will wind up the weekend at about $7 million.
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is en route to $13 million on Wednesday. The film debuted to a franchise-low $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015. “Mockingjay — Part 1” launched last year on the weekend before Thanksgiving with $121.9 million. It then declined 32% to $82.7 million over the five days, so “Mockingjay 2” will likely perform similarly with a decline of only 30%.
“The Good Dinosaur,” which opens at about 3,600 locations, focuses on the friendship between a dinosaur and a caveboy in an alternate universe.
Disney is taking advantage of the fact that Thanksgiving is one of the most active moviegoing periods of the year in the U.S. for family audiences. Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen” is the record holder for the holiday with a $93.6 million five-day launch in 2013.
“Creed,” the seventh entry in the “Rocky” franchise, stars Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, playing the son of his opponent-turned-friend Apollo Creed.