“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” fought off stiff competition this Thanksgiving weekend, holding off Pixar’s newest release, “The Good Dinosaur” and Warner Bros. “Creed.”
Mockingjay Part 2 scored an estimated $51.6 million for the three-day weekend. Should these numbers hold, Part 2 will be the only film in the Hunger Games franchise to drop less than 50% in its second weekend. The film is still well behind all of its predecessors, but with over $440 million worldwide, it’s still a massive hit for Lionsgate
Coming in second place was Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Thsi was a bit of a surprise as I thought families would flock to the movies this weekend. Some will call this another Pixar disappointment, but I guess it all depends how you look at it: On one hand “The Good Dinosaur” scored the fourth highest Thanksgiving weekend. The movie’s three-day was $39.19 million, and its five-day total was $55.5 million.
On the other hand, those who follow the Pixar brand will be quick to tell you that Dinosaur’s three-day total is the worst opening for a Pixar film since the original “Toy Story” way back in 1995 when I was a sophomore in High School. And even if you compare the $55.5 million five-day to previous Pixar three-day openings, Good Dinosaur ranks no higher than twelfth.
The good news is the film scored a solid “A” CinemaScore. This is a good sign for the movie, which doesn’t have any new competition for the family audience until “Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip” arrives on December 18. Not that anyone will notice a trio of talking chimpmunks, since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens that day.
Coming in third is “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. A co-production between Warner Bros. and MGM, the film took in an estimated $30.1 million (the largest in the Rocky franchise not adjusted for inflation) for the three-day and an impressive $42.6 million since opening on Wednesday.
Unlike most of Sly’s movies, “Creed” has earned glowing reviews from critics, and an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Along with excellent day-to-day holds, its quite possible for “Creed” to earn over $100 million over the course of its domestic run.
The worst performance of the weekend came from Fox’s genre feature, “Victor Frankenstein.” Opening in 2,797 theaters the film only managed an estimated $2.35 million for the three-day and $3.4 million since opening on Wednesday. The three-day opening will go down as the worst opening for a film in 2,500+ theaters, but remember that this movie opened on a Wednesday.
Perhaps the time has come for Daniel Radcliffe to reconsider a return to the Harry Potter universe? Just asking.
Anywho, with a dismal “C” CinemaScore, and terrible reviews, this might be the last time we hear about this movie. Personally, I blame the lack of a musical number.