The holiday weekend saw the release of three new films, but none could top Mockingjay from its hold on the number one position, as it fell about 50 percent from last week to bring in 51 million over the three day weekend, and 75 million since Wednesday. That's less than its predecessor, but no one's really complaining, as the final Hunger Games movie has already earned 440 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur came in second with 39 million for the weekend and 55 million over the five day frame, which is actually a bit of a letdown for Pixar, since most of their films earn at least 60 million across the opening three days, and this will be no match for the phenomenal success of Inside Out earlier this year.
Creed, although coming in third, was more of an unabashed success, outperforming expectations to pull in 30 million on the weekend and 42 million since Wednesday, earning an "A" Cinemascore along with excellent reviews and will easily surpass its 30 million dollar production budget. Of course, that's actually the biggest debut ever for a Rocky movie, but those numbers obviously don't account for inflation, since ticket prices were much cheaper thirty years ago. Spectre and The Peanuts Movie rounded out the top five, while the other new release, Victor Frankenstein, had one of the worst debuts ever, bringing in just 3 million.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2- 75.8 million
- The Good Dinosaur- 55.6 million
- Creed- 42.6 million
- Spectre- 18.2 million
- The Peanuts Movie- 13.6 million
In limited release, The Danish Girl got off to a good start, earning 185k from 4 screens, while Spotlight and Brooklyn continue to do solid business, bringing their respective totals to 12 and 7 million each. Carol also stayed strong in limited release, having not expanded yet, but earning another 203k from 4 locations for a new total of 588k. Next week it's the Christmas horror movie Krampus against a slew of indie releases like Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, Youth and Macbeth, as we wait for Star Wars to roll around on the 18th. See you next time.