Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Is Thanksgiving Champ With $75.8 Million
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is once again on top of the box office, although not without some major challengers to the throne!
In its second weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 remained No. 1 with an impressive $75.8 million for the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. On the one hand, this is still well below the $82.7 million gross for Mockingjay – Part 1 on Thanksgiving weekend last year. On the other hand, Mockingjay – Part 2 is a big hit internationally, earning $62 million this weekend to bring its foreign total to $242.4 million, and a global haul of $440.7 million. So the movie is in no danger of failing to turn a profit right now.
Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur contributed to the overall strong weekend at the box office for Thanksgiving this year, as the Pixar movie raked in $56 million. While this is one of the lowest debuts for a Pixar film, it’s actually the fourth best opening of all-time for a film releasing Thanksgiving weekend. Another huge contributor to this great weekend was the Rocky spinoff, Creed. The movie earned fantastic reviews from audiences and critics alike, and its earnings reflect the love it’s been receiving, as the boxing movie opened to $42.6 million, instantly recouping MGM and New Line Cinema’s $35 million investment in the attempted franchise resurrection. It also gives star Sylvester Stallone a chance to add to the Rocky franchise legacy, while additionally giving co-star Michael B. Jordan a starring role that gives him some box office cred, which is badly needed after Fantastic Four bombed back in August.
However, the news was basically disastrous for the other new movie at the box office this weekend, as Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein failed to even enter into the Top 10. The movie, which cost $40 million to make, landed at No. 2 with an abysmal gross of just $3.4 million. This makes it one of the worst wide releases of all-time for a major studio feature. It’s also a major blemish on the resume for box office heavyweights James McAvoy (who’s topped the box office as part of the ensemble for the X-Men movies) and Daniel Radcliffe (whose Harry Potter resume speaks for itself).
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 11/23/2015
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
2. The Good Dinosaur
5. The Peanuts Movie
6. The Night Before
7. Secret in Their Eyes
10. The Martian
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on one of this weekend’s biggest openings, check out the red carpet photos from the premiere of Creed!