"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" topped weekend box office sales, bringing in $51.6 million over Thanksgiving weekend and $75.8 million in five days. "The Good Dinosaur" and "Creed" followed, raking in $55.6 million and $42.6 million respectively. "Spotlight" and "Brooklyn," highly anticipated films creating Oscar buzz, came in last place over the weekend in sales, but have are increasing their theater count.
"Mockingjay Part 2" is still trailing the first "Mockingjay," which earned $82.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend last year. The movie also garnered $62 million internationally over the weekend. To date, the "Hunger Games" film franchise has earned $2.7 billion worldwide, Time magazine reported.
Pixar’s "The Good Dinosaur" led the weekend's new releases, becoming just the second Pixar movie ever not to open at No. 1, EW reported. The movie debuted at $39.2 million over three days, falling short of what other Pixar movies normally garner over three days (around $60 million). The movie earned an A Cinemascore, the industry leader in measuring movie appeal among theater audiences.
"Creed," also known as "Rocky 7," is a film with Sylvester Stallone about an aging boxer coaching the son of his first antagonist. It earned a three-day debut of $30.1 million and a five-day total of $42.6 million and appeared in 3,284 theaters for the five days. EW called the movie "the best installment since the 1976 original."
Two other movies, which grossed less than all the rest, are generating Oscar buzz despite their low earnings. "Brooklyn," starring Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish immigrant in New York in the 1950s, earned $3.8 million over three days. It brought in a total of $7.3 million since its opening.
"Spotlight," the movie staring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams about the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Catholic Church’s coverup of sexually abusive priests in Boston, earned $4.5 million over three days and $12.3 million since its opening.