1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part II – $75.7 million [2nd week; $198.3 million in total] Despite a pair of high-powered new releases, Katniss and company easily retained its box office crown.
It’s not all good news for the franchise as it’s noticeably behind the $225 million Mockingjay – Part I grossed in the same 10-day time period. If Lionsgate wants to keep the franchise going with spin-offs, it might be better served letting audiences miss it for awhile.
2. The Good Dinosaur – $56 million [debut week] Pixar’s second film. The animated dino flick was Pixar’s second 2015 film after the massively successful Inside Out. This didn’t fare as well scoring Pixar’s third lowest debut. The real question will be if the film can follow the trajectory of Frozen, which had a wide opening Nov. 29, 2013 en route to a $400 million total gross.
3. Creed – $42.6 million [debut week] The latest installment in the Rocky series was well received by audiences. The shift from Sylvester Stallone’s iconic character from boxer to mentor struck a chord with critics and audiences alike in the box office’s biggest holiday surprise.
Rocky Balboa, the underrated previous entry in the series, opened to $12 million in 2006 so absence clearly seemed to have made audiences’ hearts grow fonder.
4. Spectre -$18.2 million [4th week; $176.1 million] As expected, Daniel Craig’s fourth Bond film is rolling along and settling into its position as his second highest grossing 007 outing. There’s little chance of it catching the $304.4 million of Skyfall though.
5. The Peanuts Movie – $13.6 million [4th week; $116.6 million] Surprisingly even with family audience competition from The Good Dinosaur, Charlie Brown and company retained enough footing to remain in the Top 5.