‘Mockingjay’ Tops Pixar at Box Office on Holiday Weekend

“The Hunger Games” finale retained its box office lead in North America, outdrawing three new releases including Pixar’s second movie this year, a “Rocky” sequel and a fresh take on Frankenstein.

“Mockingjay Part 2,” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., took in $52 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, Rentrak Corp. said Monday in a statement. “The Good Dinosaur” from Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar landed in second with $39.2 million and “Creed,” the new “Rocky” film from Warner Bros., was third with $29.6 million. “Victor Frankenstein” didn’t make the top 10.

The opening of “The Good Dinosaur” marked one of the lowest nationwide debuts ever for a Pixar movie, according to data from Box Office Mojo. It was originally set for release in

2014. The first director, Bob Peterson, was replaced in 2013 and the picture was delayed for additional work.

“With every release it is a little bit less about how we start and really more about how we finish,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president for theatrical distribution Walt Disney Studios. The results were in line with the company’s expectations and “set us up in a great way,” he said.

“The Good Dinosaur” was expected to produce $54 million from Friday to Sunday, the estimate of BoxOffice.com. The industry researcher previously predicted the movie could produce $250 million on its full run in domestic theaters.

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The film takes place in a world where the asteroid blamed for wiping out dinosaurs flies by Earth instead. Arlo, a young Apatosaurus, meets a human boy and they save each other from various perils.

“There’s nothing too deep here, but the picture does warm the heart,” Soren Andersen wrote in the Seattle Times.

“The Good Dinosaur” is the first full-length feature for director Peter Sohn, brought in to replace Peterson, and features the voices of Francis McDormand and Jeffrey Wright. The movie received 78 percent positive reviews, according to aggregator Rottentomatoes.com.

“Creed,” from Time Warner Inc.’s film division, beat the $26 million forecast by Boxoffice.com. The film is a spinoff of the “Rocky” series and features Sylvester Stallone reprising the role that made him famous. It cost $35 million to make, according to Imdb.com.

Rocky Balboa

Michael B. Jordan, known for his role in Cannes film festival award winner “Fruitvale Station,” plays Adonis Johnson, the son of Rocky Balboa’s late friend and rival. Stallone is his trainer and mentor.

The film received rave notices, as well as acclaim for director Ryan Coogler, including 93 percent positive reviews at Rottentomatoes.com.

“Equally powerful and feel-good, ‘Creed’ is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet,” Brian Truitt wrote in USA Today.

The third new release “Victor Frankenstein” was a critical disappointment, garnering 24 percent positive reviews, according to Rottentomatoes.com.

James McAvoy features in a retelling of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” told from the perspective of the scientist’s protege Igor, played by Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame.

The movie generated $2.35 million in weekend sales. BoxOffice.com was projecting $9.2 million for the film from 21st Century Fox Inc.’s movie division.

Weekend sales for the top 10 films rose 11 percent to $167.7 million from a year earlier, Rentrak said. Sales for the year to date have increased 4.2 percent to $9.81 billion.

The following table has U.S. box-office figures provided by studios to Rentrak. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for Nov. 27 through Nov. 29.


Rev. Pct. Avg./ Total

Movie (mln) Chg. Theaters Theater (mln) Wks ===============================================================

1 Hunger Games $52.0 -49 4,175 $12,456 $198.5 2

2 Good Dinosaur 39.2 -- 3,749 10,444 55.5 1

3 Creed 29.6 -- 3,404 8,705 42.1 1

4 Spectre 12.9 -14 2,940 4,384 176.1 4

5 Peanuts Movie 9.7 -27 3,089 3,140 116.8 4

6 Night Before 8.4 -15 2,960 2,830 24.3 2

7 Secret In Eyes 4.4 -34 2,392 1,849 14.0 2

8 Spotlight 4.4 25 897 4,914 12.3 4

9 Brooklyn 3.8 230 845 4,535 7.3 4 10 Martian, The 3.3 -13 1,420 2,324 218.6 9

Top 10 Films Grosses

This Week Year Ago Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$167.7 $151.9 +11

Year-to-date Revenue

2015 2014


(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$9,810 $9,414 +4.2

Source: Rentrak Corp.

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