Box Office: 'Hunger Games,' 'Good Dinosaur' Ruling Thanksgiving Feast
Elsewhere at the holiday box office, Rocky reboot 'Creed' is also off to a strong start, while 'Victor Frankenstein' bombs.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 and Pixar's family offering The Good Dinosaur are dominating the lucrative Thanksgiving box office.
As the holiday corridor got underway, Mockingjay 2 topped Wednesday with $13.8 million from 4,175 theaters for a domestic total of $136.3 million and a worldwide haul of nearly $320 million. Box-office observers are expecting the movie's five-day Thanksgiving gross to be $75 million or more.
The Good Dinosaur, opening to $9.8 million Wednesday from 3,749 locations, is projected to gross a strong $60 million-plus for the five days after nabbing an A CinemaScore.
Costing between $175 million-$200 million to produce, Good Dinosaur marks the first time Pixar has ever released two films in the same year. In June, Inside Out opened to a rousing $90.4 million after earning $3.7 million in Thursday-night previews.
Disney has made a habit of launching animated fare over the Thanksgiving holiday. In 2013, Disney Animation Studios' Frozen debuted to $93.6 million, the biggest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all time. One exception was last year, when DreamWorks Animation claimed the holiday with Penguins of Madagascar, which opened to a disappointing $35.4 million for the five days.
MGM/New Line's Creed — a Rocky reboot of sorts starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone — also opened Wednesday, earning $6 million from 3,284 locations to come in No. 3 behind Mockingjay 2 and Good Dinosaur.
Creed, boasting rave reviews and an A CinemaScore, should post a solid five-day opening of $32 million-$35 million. On Wednesday, it looked like the movie had a shot at hitting $40 million, but projections have been since revised downwards.
Reuniting up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler with his Fruitvale Station leading man (Jordan), Creed stars Stallone as the aging Rocky Balboa, who agrees to train the son of Apollo Creed, played by Jordan. The $35 million film is being released by Warner Bros.
The holiday's third new movie, Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein, is DOA. Revisiting the classic story from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), the $40 million Fox movie took in $620,000 Wednesday from 2,737 theaters for a projected five-day opening of $4 million-$5 million.
Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein, was supposed to open in October 2014, then in January. It was moved a final time to Thanksgiving.
Nov. 25, 12:15 p.m. Updated with Wednesday and weekend estimates.
Nov. 26, 8:00 a.m. Updated with Wednesday numbers and revised holiday estimates.