Katniss Everdeen and some high-profile new releases had plenty to be thankful for over the Thanksgiving weekend, but Frankenstein's holiday was a nightmare.
Repeating in the top spot is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, which brought in $51.6 million over the three day weekend. That's a nice hold, as it's just 49.7 percent less from what it made during its debut. It was able to withstand stiff competition from some well-received films, suggesting that mixed word-of-mouth may not have hurt it that much. Part 2 is still considerably behind its predecessor (Mockingjay Part 1 had made $225.6 million in its first 10 days), but it is performing well. The film is up to $198.3 million in the States, and it's grossed $440.7 million worldwide.
At #2 is The Good Dinosaur (read our review), which made $39.1 million from its Friday-Sunday gross. When the full Thanksgiving weekend is accounted for, it brought in $55.5 million. As far as Pixar goes, that's in the lower echelon in terms of debuts. Even with the 5-day total, it's nowhere near what Inside Out did during its debut in June (a record $90.4 million), and it could not top the maligned Cars 2. The Good Dinosaur was released during a busy holiday season (and did not get as acclaimed reviews as other Pixar films), but it's still surprising to see it get numbers this low.
That's not to say The Good Dinosaur will be a failure, it just won't be one of Pixar's top earners. Nevertheless, it should get a corner on the family demographic market for the next few weeks, since it is a fun adventure movie that's suitable for all ages. The film got a mostly positive reception, and despite the presence of The Peanuts Movie, there's no reason to think The Good Dinosaur won't be a strong hold as we enter December.
Coming in third is Creed (read our review) with $30.1 million. Like The Good Dinosaur, this Rocky spinoff opened on Wednesday, so its 5-day total is an impressive $42.6 million. That's the highest debut for an installment in the series, and Creed has already surpassed the total domestic gross of Rocky V. The film was the beneficiary of great reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth, which helped it stand out at the multiplex during the holiday weekend.
Creed should obviously have strong legs as it progresses through its domestic run, since there isn't anything buzz-worthy entering theaters for another few weeks. Warner Bros. has to be very pleased with their investment. Creed's production budget was just $35 million, so it's well on its way to turning a hefty profit. Does the studio have another big franchise on their hands? The interest certainly is there.
At #4 is Spectre with $12.8 million. The new James Bond film continues to hold well and has now made $176 million domestically. Stateside, it's the second-highest grossing 007 film of all-time, trailing only Skyfall's $304.3 million. Spectre won't be able to reach that figure, but it shows that Bond is still in demand.
Rounding out the top five is The Peanuts Movie with $9.7 million. The animated film is now up to $116.7 million domestically.
The Night Before falls to #6 in its second weekend, making $8.2 million. That's just a 17 percent decrease from its opening numbers, but the film clearly did not find a wide audience. It's had tough sledding trying to hang with the competition, and it's only made $24.1 million so far.
At #7 is Secret in Their Eyes, which brought in $4.5 million this weekend. It's now up to $14 million in the U.S.
Awards contender Spotlight continues to perform well in its nationwide expansion, coming in eighth again with $4.4 million. It won't break any records, but film buffs are interested in seeing what all the buzz is about, and the journalism drama has now made $12.3 million domestically.
Coming at #10 is The Martian, which made $3.3 million. The sci-fi crowd pleaser has now grossed $218.6 million domestically.
Outside the top 10: We did not forget about Victor Frankenstein (read our review); the moviegoing public did. The genre feature grossed a putrid $2.3 million for the weekend, with that figure "rising" to $3.4 million when the 5-day numbers are accounted for. It will go down as the worst opening for a film debuting in more than 2,500 theaters. Clearly not what Fox was hoping for.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 23 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo