APEX Insight: There was room for everyone at the B.O. table this Thanksgiving, with cuddly Dinosaurs, scrappy boxers and classic monsters sharing space with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which took the head of the table for the second straight weekend with an estimated $51.6 million.
Trendy, Porcheta-style turkey recipes and Black Friday sales may have gobbled up all the headlines this past weekend, but the real story is how many people still found time to get to the multiplex, which they did in droves. And though Katniss Everdeen faced three powerful new “tributes” in The Good Dinosaur, Creed and Victor Frankenstein, she held onto the top spot with an impressive $51.6 million, bringing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’s worldwide tally so far to an estimated $440.7 million. Not bad for a coal miner’s daughter from District 12.
Opening in second place with an estimated $39.1 million was the animated family comedy The Good Dinosaur. The second Disney/Pixar release of the year, following this summer’s beloved Oscar-contender Inside Out, Dinosaur became only the second film in Pixar history not to open in number one, but the fact that the title also became the fourth top-grossing Thanksgiving opening of all time and is roaring towards a five-day take of $55.5 million should lessen the blow considerably. So, expect these meteorite-spared dinos to flourish through the busy holiday season and beyond.
Landing in third place with a knockout $30.1 million three-day opening and a five-day total of $42.6 million was the hard-hitting Rocky sequel, Creed. Reprising his iconic role from the classic, Oscar-winning franchise, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa returns to the ring this time as a trainer to the son of his former opponent Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan. Already proving to be a huge, word-of-mouth hit with audiences everywhere, Creed was directed and co-written by award-winning Fruitvale Station helmer, Ryan Coogler. And if the buzz around town is to be believed, Coogler and company might go a round or two in the award season ring as well. So, stay tuned.
Also opening wide just outside the top 10 with a three day haul of $2.3 million and a five day take of $3.4 million was Victor Frankenstein. A revisionist take on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as a young Dr. Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as his ever-loyal assistant Igor. Led by BAFTA-nominated director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, TV’s Sherlock), this Frankenstein hasn’t caught fire at the box office just yet, but like its titular monster, it should have a long afterlife on the home market. And honestly, any movie that stars Harry Potter, young Magneto and Game of Thrones’ Lord of Casterly (Charles Dance) sounds like a recipe for success. So, sign me up!
Weekend Box Office Estimates: November 27–29, 2015
|1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2/Lionsgate||$51.6M/$198.3M|
|2. The Good Dinosaur/Disney||$39.1M/$55.5M|
|3. Creed/Warner Bros.||$30.1M/$42.6M|
|5. The Peanuts Movie/Fox||$9.7M/$116.7M|
|6. The Night Before/Sony||$8.2M/$24.1M|
|7. The Secret in Their Eyes/STX||$4.5M/$14M|
|8. Spotlight/Open Road Films||$4.4M/$12.3M|
|9. Brooklyn/Fox Searchlight||$3.8M/$7.2M|
|10. The Martian/Fox||$3.3M/$218.6M|