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Whenever a franchise offers up its last installment, it’s a bittersweet moment. Fans gather to rejoice in the completion of a story while also mourning this last momentous occasion shared this way. “Mockingjay Part 2” marks the end of “The Hunger Games” as a theater experience.
Fans are going to the movie, it’s currently winning the box office race, but compared to the previous movies, it’s not grossing as highly as the others. It’s not for lack of quality, nor for lack of excitement on the part of fans. Thanksgiving weekend isn’t quite over, and I think surprises are still in store with regard to those numbers.
Certainly, there are going to be people who won’t want to go see “Mockingjay Part 2” right away because they know you can only see it for the first time once. It’s the kind of movie you need »
The holiday season starts with strong numbers and an uptick from last year. But while there are huge expectations for a "Star Wars"-driven Christmas, Thanksgiving weekend didn't get close to any record-setting numbers. Indeed, despite a number of decent performers, compared to similar films and past holidays, the market weakness that has been evident all year long continues. The Top 10 (plus 2) 1. The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2 (Lionsgate) Week 2; Last weekend #1$51,600,000 (-50%) in 4,175 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $12,539; Cumulative: $198,312,0002. The Good Dinosaur (Buena Vista) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $175 million$39,132,000 in 3,749 theaters; PTA: $10,454; Cumulative: $55,565,0003. Creed (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 82; Est. budget: $37 million$30,120,000 in 3,404 theaters; PTA: $8,848; Cumulative: $42,600,0004. Spectre (Sony) »
- Tom Brueggemann
Forget turkey, stuffing, and those weird, amorphous, giggly piles of canned cranberry sauce that your mom continues to put out every year even though no one likes it: This Thanksgiving weekend, moviegoers feasted on Mockingjays and Dinosaurs. Also a boxing movie, but it sounds kind of weird saying moviegoers feasted on boxers. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay— Part 2, the final installment in the massive movie series that certified Jennifer Lawrence's universal box office appeal, finished in first for the second straight week, earning $51.6 million for a $198.3 million cume. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur nom-nom-nomed $39.1 million in its first week for a second place finish, while the acclaimed Creed slugged moviegoers for $30.1 million. Spectre made $12.8 million in its third week for a $176 million domestic cume; it's slightly under-performed in the Us, but is about to break $750 million worldwide, which ain't too bad. The Peanuts Movie »
- Greg Cwik
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
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two held its ground and remained the number one choice at the North American box office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Joining Katniss in celebrating the box office bounty were Disney’s The Good Dinosaur and MGM/New Line’s Creed, both which opened to strong numbers. The same could not be said for Fox’s Victor Frankenstein, which bowed to horrible numbers. Overall, it was a holiday Hollywood could give thanks for as business was up a healthy 10% over last year at this time.
It may have had opening numbers that represented a franchise low, but Mockingjay – Part Two displayed the best second week hold of any film in the series. The Katniss kiss off slid 50% from its debut to earn an estimated $51.6 million from 4,175 theaters, which brings its ten-day total to $198.3 million. Currently running 12% behind its 2014 predecessor, Mockingjay – Part Two could wind »
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. »
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... Read More »
- Dave Davis
The final "The Hunger Games" film once again topped the box-office this weekend, dropping 49.7% to take in a $51.6 million haul over the three days. Despite having the lowest opening of the series so far, this is the only film in the series to drop less than 50% in its second weekend.
Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" came in second nabbing the fourth highest Thanksgiving weekend - three-day and five-day - opening of all time with $39.19 million and $55.5 million respectively. Yet that three day is also the worst opening for a Pixar film since 1995's "Toy Story", and even with its five-day haul it still wouldn't be enough to get into the company's top ten openings of all time.
The criticially lauded "Creed" was third with $30.1 million for the three day and $42.6 million for the five day. With excellent day-to-day holds, the film is expected to have strong staying power in coming weeks. »
- Garth Franklin
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” powered to an impressive $75.7 million over the long Thanksgiving weekend, with “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed” finishing a strong second and third to put the 2015 domestic box office back on its record track. The 3D Pixar Animation family film brought in an estimated $56 million over the five days for Disney and the “Rocky” revival punched its way to $41 million for MGM, New Line and distributor Warner Bros. The horror film “Victor Frankenstein,” the weekend’s other wide opener, missed out on the bounty and tanked with less than $4 million for »
- Todd Cunningham
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- Oli Davis
Katniss Everdeen, a lovable dinosaur and an aging Rocky Balboa made for an appetizing feast at the Thanksgiving box office, where revenue was up sharply from last year. As expected, holdover The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 dominated overall in its second outing, earning $75.8 million for the Wednesday-Sunday holiday stretch. The final installment in Lionsgate's Ya film franchise continues to pace behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which earned $82.7 million over Thanksgiving in 2014, but is still pulling in huge numbers. Mockingjay 2 also dominated overseas, grossing another $62 million for a
- Pamela McClintock
The success of The Hunger Games franchise brought new interest in stories set in dystopian future worlds where average Joes and Janes are forced by wicked authoritarian governments into deadly head-to-head combat. Some wags dubbed the adventures of Katniss and co “Battle Royale with cheese” – a reference to Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku’s conceptually similar 2001 cult classic about violent feuding teenagers, and the novel it was based on.
But director and Ozploitation maverick Brian Trenchard-Smith cracked open the genre many moons before the dour-faced Hunger Games heroine fired her first arrow or Fukasaku armed a class of ninth graders. Chaotic tournament of death extravaganza Turkey Shoot (first released in 1982) is a world-gone-wrong story of “social deviants” who fight to survive in a horrible game where they are hunted and killed for sport. »
- Luke Buckmaster
"...against 'President Snow' (Donald Sutherland) and the tyrannical 'Capitol'.
"Her choices will define 'Panem' forever, in the final, death defying '76th Hunger Games'..."
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- Michael Stevens
Apparently, Chris Hemsworth is a bit of a hero off-screen as well as on-screen. At least where his parents are concerned. In a recent interview with the Independent, “The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth revealed that his “Thor” star sibling had paid off their parents’ debts. In the interview, Liam divulged that, one day, Chris called his father, instructing him to check his bank account balance. Also Read: Chris Hemsworth Shares Shocking Photo of Extreme Weight Loss for 'In The Heart of the Sea' “He called my brother Chris back and said, ‘I don’t know how to feel. »
- Tim Kenneally
The boxing drama “Creed” is coming through like a champ in its debut at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend. However, it won’t catch “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which will win the five-day weekend with around $75 million, or “The Good Dinosaur,” the Pixar Animation family film that will be the runner-up with around $55 million through Sunday for Disney. “Mockingjay,” the finale in Lionsgate’s young adult franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence, took in $21.5 million Friday, double its $10.4 million Thanksgiving Day haul. But the “Rocky” revival is going to punch out north of $40 million over the five days and. »
- Todd Cunningham
Liam Hemsworth has really perfected the art of the sexy smolder. The 25-year-old star, who was recently recognized as "The New A-Lister," has become one of Hollywood's hottest heartthrobs - which, based on his brother Chris Hemsworth's Sexiest Man Alive title last year, seems to run in the family. While Liam definitely brought some seriously sexy looks to the big screen with his role in The Hunger Games, he's also had plenty of swoon-worthy moments off screen, too, both on the red carpet and in magazines. Take a look at 25 knee-weakening pictures of Liam, then check out his adorable picture with his dog plus his cutest moments with his famous brothers. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Sometimes the internet conjures up something that immediately provokes you to rise to your feet and clap in appreciation. Most of the time it involves a cat being a dick. But on this rare occasion, one nifty YouTube video has decided to riff on the rather ridiculous name of Josh Hutchinson.s character in The Hunger Games franchise to depict Jennifer Lawrence.s Katniss Everdeen repeatedly, and loudly, declaring her love for pita, not Peeta. It.s stupid. It.s ridiculous. It.s also really, really funny. Well played, internet. Well played, indeed. For some inexplicable reason, especially since the video is basically just the same joke being told over and over and over again, the gag just gets funnier with each passing cut. Maybe it.s just because the world loves Jennifer Lawrence so damn much, and everything that.s even remotely connected to her instantly manages to go »
Jennifer Lawrence, out promoting the final installment of The Hunger Games, that disclosed she wants to make her directing debut on a picture called Project Delirium. What exactly is going on with this? It’s set up to be financed by 2929, with Lawrence and her partner Justine Ciarrocchi producing along with Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove. Lawrence doesn’t plan to act in it. Although the pickup the trades gave the story after Lawrence made comments in EW has her defining the… »
2015 has been a big year for Hollywood. So far, four movies have topped the billion-dollar mark worldwide.Jurassic World, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Minions.which places each of them in the top ten of all time globally. And The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.Part 2 is just getting rolling, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still to come, so things could potentially get even bigger, box office wise. That said, not every movie of the past year was a big financial success. In fact, there were some straight up box office dogs to be found. There.s still obviously a chunk of 2015 left, but Forbes put together their list of the biggest flops and box office turkeys of the year. Not necessarily the movies that made the least money, this list focuses on movies that opened wide, in at least 2000 theaters, and that produced the smallest return »
"Real or not real?" Peeta famously asks in the Mockingjay book, and to hear Josh Hutcherson utter that line in Mockingjay - Part 2 will give anyone who read the books - or has fallen in love with The Hunger Games' central romance - some very real goosebumps. It's a phrase that somehow embodies the very complicated relationship between Peeta and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), who go from acquaintances to allies to a fake couple to a real one over the course of four movies. With the series coming to an end, there is also an end for Katniss and Peeta - and we don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say they have a happy one. To celebrate the couple who has really, really been through a lot together, we're looking back at the evolution of Katniss and Peeta's relationship. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
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