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Los Angeles (AP) — Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew dominated the box office once again.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2" held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top "The Good Dinosaur" and "Creed," which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday.
The fourth and final installment in Lionsgate's highly successful series has grossed $198.3 million to date.
Audiences had their pick of genres over the crowded Thanksgiving weekend. Disney and Pixar's animated dinosaur movie took second place, bringing in $39.2 million Friday through Sunday, while "Creed," a new entry into the Rocky Balboa canon, came in third with $30.1 million.
Families accounted for 79 percent of "The Good Dinosaur's" audience. The film, which cost a reported $175 million to $200 million to produce, grossed $55.6 million in its first five days in theaters.
"This Pixar group has just been so consistent with high-quality »
- The Associated Press
Last weekend's winner, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dominated during its opening weekend at the box office with $101 million, although that tally was the lowest debut of all four movies in the blockbuster franchise. Several analysts wondered if it will be dethroned already in its second weekend in theaters, facing three new releases over the holiday weekend, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Warner Bros.' Creed and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein, all of which opened on November 25, in lieu of the Thanksgiving holiday. As expected, Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dropped almost exactly 50% in its second weekend, taking in $51.6 million, which was surprisingly enough to overtake The Good Dinosaur.
Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which opened in 3,749 theaters, was expected to take in $60 million in its opening weekend, but it only earned $39.1 million, debuting in second place behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2's $51.6 million. »
Radcliffe commented on Redmayne’s attire in an interview with NME this week, lamenting his boy wizard wardrobe.
“Oh f–k you, Eddie, in your brilliant costume,” Radcliffe joked. “I got jeans and a zip top for 10 years and you’ve got a great coat already?”
Radcliffe starred as the titular wizard in the massively lucrative “Harry Potter” franchise from 2001 to its end in 2011.
“Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” follows “The Theory of Everything” Oscar winner Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander in 1920s New York. Author J.K. Rowling is making her feature screenwriting debut on the film, with David Yates, who helmed several of the last “Harry Potter” installments, directing.
The weirdest »
- Alex Stedman
Moviegoers said goodbye to Katniss Everdeen and welcomed back Rocky Balboa, a series of farewells and reunions that powered Thanksgiving box office receipts above last year’s holiday.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of contenders, topping charts with $75.8 million and bringing its domestic total to $198.3 million. It marks the final film in the hugely popular series, although Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, has hinted it wants to figure out ways to create future spin-offs.
The previous two “Hunger Games” films have both debuted the week before Thanksgiving and gone on to rule multiplexes over the holiday. Its dominance is practically a holiday tradition.
If “Mockingjay – Part 2’s” strong returns was a familiar Thanksgiving sight, the big surprise was how well “Creed” performed. The film successfully brought back Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rocky character and revived a boxing franchise that seemed like a Reagan-era relic after »
- Brent Lang
Daniel Radcliffe would like to set the record straight: He did not indulge in self-gratification while filming “Harry Potter.” And he’s also pretty envious of Eddie Redmayne‘s wardrobe for the upcoming “Harry Potter” prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Radcliffe took time out during an interview with NME to clear up a misperception on the Internet sparked by a Playboy interview that he had, um, polished his wand while filming “Harry Potter.” Also Read: Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter Play: Seeing Another Actor as Wizard 'Would Be Very Weird' (Video) “It’s frustrating when you tell a story and say, »
- Tim Kenneally
After retiring from playing Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe is really excited to watch the next schmuck who signs up to take on the iconic role in J.K. Rowling's planned sort-of-not-really sequel West End play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In an interview with NME, Radcliffe said that he's happy for the franchise to go one with him, but that he's also excited to see a new take. "Now that I know [Harry’s in it] I actually really want to see it," he said, "It would be a mental thing to try and see it with lots of very excited Harry Potter fans. But I kind of would like to know what happens now." Basically, good luck playing Harry Potter in front of Harry Potter himself.Radcliffe also talked about the newest photos from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them — “Oh fuck you, Eddie, in your brilliant costume… I got jeans »
- Jackson McHenry
The quickest, most simple way to differentiate James McAvoy.s version of Charles Xavier from Patrick Stewart.s in Fox.s X-Men films has always been the lush mop of hair atop the former.s head, while the latter possessed the more iconic chrome dome that comic book fans know and love. As audiences have watched McAvoy.s Professor X grow and mature since 2011.s X-Men: First Class, they have all wondered when and how Xavier would lose his brown locks for the streamlined look. Now the actor says that X-Men: Apocalypse will provide those answers. Appearing on The Graham Norton Show with Daniel Radcliffe to promote the new film Victor Frankenstein, McAvoy discussed Xavier.s hair loss when the topic shifted to the upcoming Apocalypse: He ends up going through something so horrible and physically painful that he literally half pulls his hair out/half it falls out. Maybe, »
It's hard to tell if audiences really care about Professor X and Lex Luthor's transformation into bald characters. Or if it's just an easy talking point. Thus far, we have no clue how Jesse Eisenberg's super villain loses his luxurious locks in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we know it happens at some point. The actor was revealed for the first time with a bald scalp. But in all the photos and video released since then, he has shaggy blonde hair. The same goes for Professor X. In the original movies, the aging Professor X played by Patrick Stewart in 2002's X-Men was introduced as bald. But when played by James McAvoy in the prequels, he's always had a healthy head of hair. The actor revealed early on that he would finally be loosing his 70s style hairdo in X-Men: Apocalypse. Now, we finally now how that happens. »
The new Predator Minimates set by Diamond Select Toys contains many of your favorite Predators and is available now to pre-order. Also in this round-up: a way to resurrect old MySpace profile photos courtesy of Victor Frankenstein, Kill Game Blu-ray / DVD release details and three chapters from Il Sonnambulo.
The first assortment of Predator Minimates 2-packs features the original Predator movie’s Dutch vs. Unmasked Predator, Dillon vs. Masked Predator, Predator 2’s Harrigan vs. City Hunter Predator, and a rare one-per-case Mud-Covered Dutch vs. War Cry Predator! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum!
Case includes the following sets: 3x Dutch, 4x Dillon, 4x Harrigan, and 1x Muddy Dutch. »
- Tamika Jones
Katniss Everdeen ruled on Thanksgiving Day as “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” dominated at the nation’s multiplexes with $10.4 million, bringing the film to a first-week U.S. total of $146.7 million.
Lionsgate’s fourth and final film in the Jennifer Lawrence franchise easily topped the two new entries — Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which drew $6.55 million from 3,749 locations for a two-day total of $16.4 million, and New Line-mgm’s “Creed,” which scored $6.45 million Thursday from 3,284 theaters for a two-day total of $12.4 million.
The trio of top titles are performing in line with pre-Thanksgiving estimates and should remain solid performers for the rest of the holiday weekend. “Mockingjay 2” is expected to finish the five-day period between $70 million and $75 million, while “The Good Dinosaur” will wind up with as much as $60 million and “Creed” could come in above $40 million.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, credited the studios with smart scheduling. »
- Dave McNary
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 enters its second weekend amid a flurry of opinions when it comes to its $102.6 million opening weekend. It also faces much stiffer competition this Thanksgiving weekend than Part 1 did a year ago, which only had Penguins of Madagascar to contend with, while Part 2 not only faces a new Pixar release in The Good Dinosaur, but also Creed, which has been (rightfully) well-received. All will be competing for holiday eyeballs when folks aren't stuffing their faces, taking in football and parades or knocking each other out for Black Friday deals. When it comes to Mockingjay 2, the last two Hunger Games films have fallen 53% in their second weekends, and that would seem to be the high bar for Part 2. I'm thinking more along the lines of a 56% drop, which means it may be a dogfight for #1 this weekend. All previous Hunger Games films have finished first in their second weekend, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It takes some very special chemistry in order to pull off the contemporary bromance. While the term "bromance" is rather current, platonic male and female friendships have been depicted on film forever. There's rarely a more cathartic or enriching experience of watching true friendship unfold on the big screen. In the new release Victor Frankenstein, not only do we get a spectacular twist on Victor Frankenstein and Igor -- we also receive it in the form of one of the most fulfilling bromances to ever see the light of day. James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe are a match made in heaven (or a dark dungeon, probably). In the spirit of friendly male relationships that are equally as passionate as any on-screen romance, we have compiled a list of the top five contemporary bromances. From age-old times like in Victor Frankenstein or Sherlock Holmes, all the way to two dudes crashing a high school party, »
- Emma Badame and Adriana Floridia
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of box office contenders heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The final film in the popular futuristic series nabbed $13.7 million on Wednesday, pushing its domestic haul to $183 million.
Globally, “Mockingjay – Part 2” has earned nearly $320 million. It is expected to top stateside charts for the second weekend in a row with $75 million, despite debuting last weekend to a weaker than expected $102.7 million, the lowest opening for any “Hunger Games” installment.
“Creed” punched above its weight, picking up $6 million from 3,350 locations in its opening day. The Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) drama focuses on the son of Rocky Balboa rival Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan. Sylvester Stallone dons the monosyllables once again to play Balboa, »
- Brent Lang
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns are at their peak.
“The Good Dinosaur,” Disney · Pixar
Moviepilot 5-day Prediction: $78 million
If you’ve got kids, the Thanksgiving weekend will at some point involve a trip to the cinema to catch Pixar’s latest “The Good Dinosaur”! (In between those reruns of “Frozen,” of course.) This is Pixar’s second original movie coming off the back of the wildly successful “Inside Out” earlier this year, and “Good Dinosaur” looks like a runaway number again.
As always with animated movies, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
With Victor Frankenstein out in theaters this week, Tamika was recently invited to take part in a press conference with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, who talked about the new take on Mary Shelley's classic novel:
James McAvoy: Victor's always been maniacally obsessional. Way back from Mary Shelley's original. We tried to investigate that in a real kind of post-Freudian world. Not just go, "He's a bit energetic and he's a bit obsessed." Then, halfway through the book, he goes home for a vacation for a year and comes back completely healthy and sane and goes, "Oh, what, the monster's alive? Thank goodness I'm really healthy now and I can go kill it."
Whereas we tried to stay in the kind of post-Freudian world and why is he so maniacal, »
- Tamika Jones
Receiving wall-to-wall support from the Sundance Institute participating in a fivesome of labs all in 2014 (the January Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound, Creative Producing Summit and finally, the June Screenwriters Lab), music-video director (Foster the People and the Shins) tandem Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert made ’14 a true year to connect with the Sundance folk by submitting Possibilia (a 16 parallel universe world with Zoe Jarman and Alex Karpovsky playing tumultuous lovers) in the New Frontier section. Featured in Filmmaker Magazine Top 25 Faces, production on Swiss Army Man took place this past July and surely got submitted in rough form. While their trio noteworthy topliners in Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Paul Dano suggest a certain clout, it’s the equal promise of visual cleverness (see this hypnotic award-winning video) and wide-ranging possibilities for where they might take the genre (it may draw comparisons »
- Eric Lavallee
“You know this story. A crack of lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation.” Those are the words that start off Victor Frankenstein. They’re repeated at the very end, at which point you might be muttering to yourself, “If only we’d seen that story instead.” A catastrophic miscalculation of a movie, Victor Frankenstein is a perfect example of a Hollywood revision that, in trying to outsmart an original, reveals what worked about said original in the first place.This new film is told from the point of view of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), who when we meet him is a nameless hunchback working at the circus both as a clown and as an informal doctor (don’t ask). When his beloved trapeze artist Lorelei (Jessica Brown Findlay) plummets to the ground one evening, he and a medical student in the audience both rush to her aid. The latter, a »
- Bilge Ebiri
Though "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" is expected to lead the U.S. box office with about $73 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, it will get some steady competition from two major newcomers.
Disney and Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" is on track for a $63 million haul for the long weekend, while the "Rocky" spin-off "Creed" is coming in above forecasts and looks to be closing out the five days with $40 million. "Creed" is garnering stellar reviews (82/100 on Metacritic), whereas "The Good Dinosaur" is positive albeit soft (67/100 on Mc) and running far behind Pixar's Summer effort "Inside Out" (94/100 on Mc).
Not faring so well is Fox's "Victor Frankenstein," the Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy starrer which is only on course for a $7 million opening and is coming off some atrocious reviews (35/100 on Mc). "Frozen" remains the record holder for the holiday with a $93.6 million five-day launch in 2013.
Speaking of "Creed, »
- Garth Franklin
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” will lead the U.S. box office with about $73 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday at 4,175 locations, early estimates showed Wednesday.
The opening of Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” appears to be roaring to $63 million for the long weekend and New Line-mgm’s “Creed” will come in above forecasts in the $40 million range at 3,350 sites. “Creed” scored an industry record for previews on a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night with $1.4 million, edging “The Good Dinosaur” at $1.3 million.
Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein,” which opened with a modest $175,000 at 2,100 locations at Tuesday previews, is showing only slight traction. The Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy starrer will wind up the weekend at about $7 million.
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is en route to $13 million on Wednesday. The film debuted to a franchise-low $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015. “Mockingjay — Part 1” launched last year »
- Dave McNary
The one thing you expect from a Frankenstein film is monsters. Well, that.s unless your Paul McGuigan, the director of Victor Frankenstein, which is Fox.s reboot of the iconic Mary Shelley character and book. McGuigan has admitted that the whole reason he found himself interested in Victor Frankenstein was because its story was one of friendship and passion rather simply consisting of Victor and Igor chasing down their barbaric creation. I sat down with Paul McGuigan at the start of November to talk about Victor Frankenstein. During our chat the Scottish filmmaker, who has the alluring cinematic pairing of Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy at his disposal for Victor Frankenstein, explained to me why he was so intrigued by the script. You can check out his response below: It.s interesting to hear Paul McGuigan explain that Victor Frankenstein used to have a much bigger budget. It.s »
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