Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was the big winner over the 5-day Thanksgiving schedule. The movie pulled in $75.7 million in the United States.
The movie opened with a series low box office last week, but was helped along by holiday moviegoers looking to wrap up the series.
Taking second place was Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ which opened with $55.5 million.
Coming in third was the seventh film of the “Rocky” franchise: “Creed” which pulled down $42.6 million.
Creed has scored rave reviews for its young director, Ryan Coogler, and its stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. The film has a 93% on review site RottenTomatoes.com and an “A” CinemaScore. There is even talk of Oscar nods for the movie.
Ticket sales compared to last Thanksgiving were up 12%.
The next big blockbuster to keep an eye on is Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which hits theaters on December 18. Some analysts are already predicting a record-breaking week for the J.J. Abram’s directed film.
“The record box office pace will be amped up considerably with the debut of ‘The Force Awakens’ in just under three weeks that will be followed by a Christmas day onslaught of even more films that should be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak.