Weekend box office: The Good Dinosaur and Creed can’t beat The Hunger Games

Even though 2015 has had some billion dollar movies, overall it has been a rough year for Hollywood.  So studio executives have to be happy with the turnout over the Thanksgiving weekend box office as profits are up over last year and we ended up with two new movies that did very well.  First up is THE GOOD DINOSAUR, which won’t win any awards or be anyone’s favorite Pixar film, but it was a nice kids movie at a time where there wasn’t much competition.  I don’t think Pixar will scoff at more than $55 million.  Then we have CREED, which might be the most efficient way to revitalize a franchise everyone thought was dead.  The film made more than $40 million for the five day weekend, over $28 million of which was during the three day weekend.  To put that in perspective, the best opening for a Rocky film as ROCKY IV, which opened with $19 million.  And yeah, adjusting for inflation would change things, but it’s still impressive that CREED pulled in as much money as it did.

Next week is a mixture of garbage and Oscar hopefuls no one will go see.  The garbage comes in the form of KRAMPUS, which will make everyone wonder who Adam Scott’s agent is and why he hasn’t fired them yet.  For the Oscar hopefuls, we have MACBETH with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, as well as YOUTH with Michael Caine and Harvey Kaitel.  It should be an easy victory for Hunger Games, but don’t count out CREED to sneak into the top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and are for the five day Thanksgiving weekend.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $74.4m

2. The Good Dinosaur $55.9m

3. Creed $41.1m

4. Spectre $18.4m

5. The Peanuts Movie $13.7m

6. The Night Before $11.4m

7. Secret in Their Eyes $5.7m

8. Spotlight $5.5m

9. Brooklyn $5.46m

10. The Martian $4.5m

(Deadline)

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