Mockingjay Sings Its Way to Another Win


The proud, plump turkey reigned supreme over the holiday break, and many of us are still packing away the leftovers. But another bird was pretty popular, too: the Mockingjay.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 continued to gobble lots of money from the domestic box office this weekend, stuffing an estimated $51.6 million into Lionsgate’s metaphorical turducken. All told, Katniss and Co. have earned nearly $200 million in just 10 days. That’s a lot of gravy.

Mockingjay’s strong performance pushed two hefty newcomers—The Good Dinosaur and Creed—to second and third place, respectively. Dinosaur probably wasn’t as good as Pixar hoped it would be, earning $39.2 million over the weekend ($55.5 million when you lump in its Wednesday and Thursday take). While that’s not exactly dino-gruel (and was plenty to earn it a second-place finish), Box Office Mojo reports that it’s the lowest debut from the animation studio since 1995’s Toy Story. ‘Course, Toy Story wound up doing pretty well for itself, so we’ll see.

Creed finished third with a strong $30.1 million, topping two long-in-the-tooth holdovers, Spectre (fourth with $12.8 million) and The Peanuts Movie (fifth with $9.7 million). It’s interesting: Spectre and Peanuts have been as inseparable as Peppermint Patty and Marcie throughout their box office run, with Charlie Brown’s crew tightly tailing James Bond for the last month. Maybe when these two movies are released on DVD, they should be packaged together as some surrealistic box set.

One more movie to note. Victor Frankenstein, the holiday weekend’s third major release, was a major flop. It earned less than $2.4 million over the weekend—a monstrously bad performance. Frankenstein’s three-day performance is technically the worst ever for a movie opening in more than 2,500 theaters: It escapes eternal, Oogieloves-level notoriety only because it technically opened on Wednesday. The movie, just like the monster, is perhaps an experiment best forgotten.

Final figures update: 1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, $52 million; 2. The Good Dinosaur, $39.2 million; 3. Creed, $29.6 million; 4. Spectre, $12.9 million; 5. The Peanuts Movie, $9.7 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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