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Weekend Box Office Report: November 27-29, 2015

11.29.2015

Mockingjay wins Thanksgiving weekend!

Moviegoers battled through food comas and bargain hunters this weekend to put THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 on top at the box office with an estimated $51.6 million!

The conclusion of Katniss Everdeen's post-apocalyptic struggle dropped 50% from its opening last week as this makes the third Thanksgiving weekend with THE HUNGER GAMES ruling the box office.

The Jennifer Lawrence franchise-ender took in $75.7 million since Wednesday, and converges on $200 million domestic after ten days as it also passes $440 million worldwide (more than halfway to MOCKINGJAY PART 1's $755 million global finish).

The new Pixar movie THE GOOD DINOSAUR opened in second place with $39.1 million (and $55.5 million total since its Wednesday release).

That's a significant divergence from the $90 million debut of this summer's INSIDE OUT, the animation studio's second-biggest domestic hit behind TOY STORY 3. Critics gave the prehistoric "what if?" adventure a 77% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening in third place was the ROCKY spinoff CREED with $30.1 million (and $42.6 million since it stepped in the ring on Wednesday).

The boxing drama, reuniting FRUITVALE STATION director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan, cost a reported $35 million and received cheers from critics (93% on Rotten Tomatoes -- substantially higher than the 76% average for Sylvester Stallone's own ROCKY BALBOA in 2006).

The latest James Bond mission SPECTRE was in fourth with $12.8 million for a domestic total $176 million after a month in theaters. Actor Daniel Craig's fourth time out as 007 has crossed $750 million worldwide.

In fifth was THE PEANUTS MOVIE with $9.7 million as it got boosted over the $100 million mark thanks to the holiday weekend. The R-rated Christmas comedy THE NIGHT BEFORE was in sixth place with $8.2 million, a drop of only 17% from last weekend's opening as it comes close to earning its production cost after ten days in release.

The Julia Roberts/Nicole Kidman/Chiwetel Ejiofor thriller THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES was in seventh with $4.5 million, down 32% from its opening last week. Holding eighth was the acclaimed scandal story SPOTLIGHT with $4.4 million as it expanded onto nearly 900 screens, while the Saoirse Ronan drama BROOKLYN also moved onto 845 screens for $3.3 million and ninth place. THE MARTIAN closed out the Top 10 as the sci-fi survival tale has reached $545 million worldwide.

Outside the chart, the new James McAvoy/Daniel Radcliffe feature VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN was decidedly not alive, opening with just $2.3 million (with a per-screen average barely half that of holiday comedy LOVE THE COOPERS as it departed the Top 10 on its third weekend). The latest spin on Mary Shelley's classic now holds the ignominious distinction of being the lowest-grossing movie released on more than 2500 screens.

BRIDGE OF SPIES and THE 33 also slipped off the list, while in limited release, the Eddie Redmayne transgender biopic THE DANISH GIRL started with a solid $46k per-screen average. The Cate Blanchett drama CAROL is also going strong with $50k per-screen in its second limited weekend.

Next weekend brings some holiday horror in the form of KRAMPUS (from TRICK 'R TREAT writer/director Michael Dougherty), plus limited releases of Spike Lee's CHI-RAQ, Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine trying to retain YOUTH, and Michael Fassbender becoming King of Scotland as Shakespeare's MACBETH.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Pt 2 $51.6 M $198.3 M
2. The Good Dinosaur $39.1 M $55.5 M
3. Creed $30.1 M $42.6 M
4. Spectre $12.8 M $176 M
5. The Peanuts Movie $9.7 M $116.7 M
6. The Night Before $8.2 M $24.1 M
7. The Secret In Their Eyes $4.5 M $14 M
8. Spotlight $4.4 M $12.3 M
9. Brooklyn $3.8 M $7.2 M
10. The Martian $3.3 M $218.6 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:02AM on 11/30/2015
The Good Dinosaur probably would have done better if they had advertised it at all. I don't think I've ever seen a single commercial for it on TV.
The Good Dinosaur probably would have done better if they had advertised it at all. I don't think I've ever seen a single commercial for it on TV.
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9:59PM on 11/29/2015
Saw The Good Dinosaur. A good movie, even if it doesn't quite measure up to most of the other Pixar films. Also saw Mockingjay part 2, which was ok. I haven't read the books, but seems like they should have just made Mockingjay 1 film.
As for Victor Frankenstein, I think if it was released around October or maybe the early months of next year, it would have done better. Thanksgiving weekend seems like an odd time to release the film.
Saw The Good Dinosaur. A good movie, even if it doesn't quite measure up to most of the other Pixar films. Also saw Mockingjay part 2, which was ok. I haven't read the books, but seems like they should have just made Mockingjay 1 film.
As for Victor Frankenstein, I think if it was released around October or maybe the early months of next year, it would have done better. Thanksgiving weekend seems like an odd time to release the film.
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9:20PM on 11/29/2015
Just went to see Spotlight. Possibly the best movie I've seen all year. A true adult drama like only a very select few directors make anymore.
Just went to see Spotlight. Possibly the best movie I've seen all year. A true adult drama like only a very select few directors make anymore.
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7:11PM on 11/29/2015
Finally caught Spectre and thought it was fantastic. Not much more I could ask for from a Bond movie. Hope Craig will do one more before he puts down the PP7.
Finally caught Spectre and thought it was fantastic. Not much more I could ask for from a Bond movie. Hope Craig will do one more before he puts down the PP7.
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4:46PM on 11/29/2015
Glad you two guys enjoyed it this weekend. Considering it only gathered 23% positive rating from critics.
So as for monster movies, this (Victor Frankenstein), Dracula Untold, I Frankenstein and whatever other movies I've forgotten in the past while. They've all either bombed, or done quite poorly. Hollywood really needs to stop reinventing the classics, or monster movies entirely. Come back to it in twenty years when people are hungry for this genre again.
Glad you two guys enjoyed it this weekend. Considering it only gathered 23% positive rating from critics.
So as for monster movies, this (Victor Frankenstein), Dracula Untold, I Frankenstein and whatever other movies I've forgotten in the past while. They've all either bombed, or done quite poorly. Hollywood really needs to stop reinventing the classics, or monster movies entirely. Come back to it in twenty years when people are hungry for this genre again.
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3:39PM on 11/29/2015
I'm shocked as well "The_Soloist" about Victor Frankenstein. I saw it over the weekend and thought it was very entertaining. It was actually better than I was expecting.
I'm shocked as well "The_Soloist" about Victor Frankenstein. I saw it over the weekend and thought it was very entertaining. It was actually better than I was expecting.
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2:46PM on 11/29/2015
Can't believe Victor Frankenstein is taking THAT badly.
Can't believe Victor Frankenstein is taking THAT badly.
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2:46PM on 11/29/2015
Meant tanking.
Meant tanking.
3:40PM on 11/29/2015
The theater I was in was over half full. Figured it was bringing in $$$$
The theater I was in was over half full. Figured it was bringing in $$$$
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