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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 tops US Thanksgiving box office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 has, as widely expected, won the Thanksgiving box office race in the US, beating new releases The Good Dinosaur and Creed.

But those two new releases were no slouches either, contributing to a weekend that was 12% up from last year.

Mockingjay Part 2 took a total of $75.8 million for the holiday period between Wednesday and Sunday, which remains behind the takings for Part 1, which earned $82.7 million over Thanksgiving in 2014. But it continues to be a major performer for Lionsgate and has now also amassed $440.7 million globally.

Pixar’s second release of the year, The Good Dinosaur debuted to $56 million for the five days, the fourth-best Thanksgiving launch of all time – even though it marked one of the lowest of Pixar’s openings.

And Rocky reboot Creed opened to an estimated $42.6 million for the five days, including a three-day weekend gross of $30.1 million. The film reunites up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler with his Fruitvale Station leading man Michael B Jordan and co-stars Stallone as the aging Rocky Balboa, who agrees to train the son of Apollo Creed, played by Jordan.

The only turkey for the holiday period was horror-drama Victor Frankenstein, which is officially a bomb. Directed by Paul McGuigan and starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, the $40 million movie amassed only $3.4 million in its five days, failing even to break the top 10 [it placed 12th].

At the specialty box office, Eddie Redmayne Oscar contender The Danish Girl opened well but the weekend belonged to lesbian drama Carol, which took $203,076 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles to continue its hot streak in its second weekend.

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