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.