The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Tops Thanksgiving Box Office

Box Office: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Wins Thanksgiving Weekend.

The box office had a nice bump as the Thanksgiving weekend saw three movies gross more than $40 million over the five-day extended weekend, although Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 still dominated over all of them with an additional $75.8 million and $51.6 million over the three-day weekend, down 50% from its opening. That’s a better hold than Mockingjay Part 1, which earned $57 million over Thanksgiving last year, down 53% from its bigger opening. After ten days, it has grossed $198 million at the domestic box office, which is down from where Part 1 was at with $225.7 million in the same time frame. 

Disney•Pixar released their second movie of 2015, The Good Dinosaur, into 3,749 theaters on Wednesday and after earning $9.8 million on Wednesday and dropping on Thanksgiving day, it picked up steam for the weekend with an estimated $39.1 million over the three days and $55.6 million including Wednesday and Thursday. That weekend opening is the lowest for a Pixar Animation film since 1998’s A Bug’s Life, which grossed $33 million over the Thanksgiving weekend (after an exclusive release in a single theater the week before). Even so, it scored the fourth-biggest Thanksgiving opening for both the three-day and five-day time frames, and it should continue to do well as the only family film for the next few weeks, having received an “A” rating from audiences polled by CinemaScore.

The Good Dinosaur took in an additional $28.7 million internationally in 39 territories with the UK scoring the biggest amount with $4.3 million, followed by Mexico and France.

Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler reteamed with Michael B. Jordan for MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Creed, putting Sylvester Stallone in the role of Rocky Balboa for the seventh time, and it became one of the biggest surprise holiday hits. Released into 3,404 theaters on Wednesday, it scored $1.6 million in previews, which amounted to a $6 million opening day, but it built on that for a higher Thursday, and it’s estimated to gross $30.1 million over the three-day weekend. That’s more than the $20 million opening for Rocky IV over Thanksgiving weekend thirty years ago, although it’s not that impressive when you take into consideration thirty years of ticket price inflation. Even so, the movie ended up well above expectations with an estimated $42.6 million over the five-day weekend and it should continue to perform strong over the next few weeks going by the “A” CinemaScore.

MGM Studios also took fourth place with the 24th James Bond movie SPECTRE (Sony), which took in an estimated $12.8 million over the three-day weekend (just a 15% drop from last weekend) with $18.2 million grossed over the five-day holiday. It has earned $176.1 million in North America, which is more than the total gross for Daniel Craig’s first two Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, but less than the $221 million that the previous Bond film, Skyfall, had grossed by the end of Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios‘ animated The Peanuts Movie collected another $9.7 million over the three-day weekend, down 27% from last weekend to take fifth place, with $13.6 million over the five days and $117 million grossed so far domestically.

Sony Pictures’ R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), took sixth place with $8.2 million (down 17%) in three days and $11.5 million Wednesday and Thursday. Its $24 million domestic gross is just shy of the film’s reported $25 million production budget.

STX Entertainment‘s thriller Secret in Their Eyes, starring Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman, also dropped two places to seventh with $6 million over the five-day weekend and $14 million total.

It was neck and neck with the ensemble drama Spotlight (Open Road), starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci, which expanded nationwide into 897 theaters where it brought int $5.7 million over the five-day weekend and $4.5 million over three. It has grossed $12.3 million to date.

The Saoirse Ronan drama Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) also expanded nationwide into 845 theaters which allowed it to move into the Top 10 to ninth place with an estimated $4.9 million over the five-day weekend. It has earned $7.3 million since opening in select cities a few weeks back.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian (20th Century Fox), starring Matt Damon, retained a place in the Top 10 for the ninth weekend in a row with $4.5 million over the five-day weekend and $3.3 million Friday through Sunday. It has earned $219 million to date, making it one of the year’s blockbuster hits.

The big bomb of the weekend and probably among the biggest bombs for Thanksgiving releases was 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, which grossed an estimated $3.5 million in 2,795 theaters over the five-day weekend, just $1,234 per theater. It’s ironic that it fared worse than The Martian in its ninth weekend, considering that the movies swapped release dates earlier in the year. It also grossed less than Brooklyn in its expansion into 2,000 less theaters.

It may not be surprising, but the Thanksgiving Top 10 was up around $10 million from the same time last year when DreamWorks Animation’s animated spin-off The Penguins of Madagascaropened in second place with $36 million over the five days and the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses had to settle for fifth place with $23 million.

Focus Features’ period drama The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ben Whishaw, opened in four theaters in New York and L.A. where it grossed $185,000, or $46,250 per theater. According to exit surveys, 58% of the audience was female and 67% over 40.

Todd Haynes’ period drama Carol (The Weinstein Company), starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Kyle Chandler, held decently in its second weekend, still playing just four theaters in New York and L.A., and it added another $203 thousand for a $588,000 total. One expects that The Weinstein Company will expand the film into more theaters and eventually wide by year’s end.

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Discovery Channel reveals ‘Survival Live’ it’s like a real-life ‘Hunger Games’

Discovery Channel is putting on a real life Hunger Games. At least that’s what the network’s new show, Survival Live (WT) sounds like to me — without the killing, of course. Eight contestants will compete for 42 days in the wilderness on what the network is billing as the first-ever live broadcast survival show.

The network describes it as a, “24/7 real time, multi-platform viewing experience where viewers will play a large role in each survivalist’s success or failure. The survivalists struggle will be streamed live, day and night, from the moment they are abandoned into the remote wilderness with only the clothes on their back. Viewers will have the ability to check out the survivalists biometric data to see who is physically struggling, and can elect to help them out. The survivalists will be able to build a relationship with the audience by talking to them through the cameras. That relationship could be the difference between failing to succeed on the first week or making it the full 42 days. To prosper, these survivalists will need the audience in their corner if they want to stay alive.”

In addition to pre-recorded episodes, there will be live ones where the weakest survivalist will be “extracted,” based on “how well they have demonstrated their skills and how well they have maintained themselves physically,” according to the network. At the end of 42 days, only one will remain.

Frankly, this set-up gives me the heebie-jeebies. (In my head I’m saying this like King Julian.) It sounds just a touch sinister…but these people are competing willingly, and it’s not actually deadly. Discovery is no stranger to survival shows: Naked and AfraidDual Survival, and Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell…who knew there were so many ways to strand people in the wild with video cameras? But, this one sounds like something you won’t want to miss, so be ready for it to hit later this year.

The Hollywood Reporter, who first broke the news, spoke to Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks, who said that the show would likely be filmed somewhere in the Pacific Rim. I hope it’s somewhere balmy.

Jennifer Lawrence makes Oscar history with three nominations by age 23!

la-et-mn-oscar-nominations-jennifer-lawrence-2-001With a third Oscar nomination and wide appeal among millennials, ‘American Hustle’s’ Jennifer Lawrence shows her star still shines. 

“I’m afraid everybody’s going to get sick of me,” Jennifer Lawrence fretted at the Golden Globes last Sunday.

Ostensibly, this is a legitimate worry and not false modesty, because for the past year the actress has been kind of inescapable.

Let’s start with the Oscar nomination she got Thursday for her supporting turn in “American Hustle,” becoming, at 23, the youngest three-time acting nominee in the history of the Academy Awards. Last weekend, her role as an unhappy suburban housewife in David O. Russell’s film scored her a Globe, and she has a good shot at winning a Screen Actors Guild award on Saturday.

jennifer-lawrence-american-hustle-hairThis follows the second installment in “The Hunger Games”franchise — in which she plays the arrow-toting Katniss Everdeen — the highest-grossing film of 2013. With $414 million in ticket sales, “Catching Fire” was the first movie in 40 years with a female protagonist to top the box office charts.

She also won lead actress honors at the Oscars last February for her turn in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Oh, and in 2011 she was nominated by the academy for her breakout performance in “Winter’s Bone.” The range of her roles, from determined backwoods heroine to loopy Jersey housewife, has been remarkable for someone so young.

In an era when most celebrities face backlash the instant they become ubiquitous, Lawrence has managed to retain her It-girl status for nearly two years. And if she wins the Oscar this year, she’ll join another elite club: Only five actors have ever won Academy Awards back-to-back — the last being Tom Hanks, who took home a golden statue for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994).

Suffice to say, she’s been on a hot streak career-wise, proving she can carry both commercial films and earn critical respect. But perhaps more remarkable is how she’s endeared herself to millennials as the ideal BFF, not only eschewing typical Hollywood conventions but brazenly speaking out against them.

On red carpets, she often spends more time talking about how hungry she is than the movie she’s in. She hates the television show “Fashion Police,” the E! program featuring Joan Rivers, because its hosts judge celebrities for their looks. This fall, she cut off all of her hair — not for a role — opting for a pixie cut even though most leading ladies flaunt flowing locks.

Sure, she’s still the glamorous face of Dior. But she also trips on her Dior gowns: At the Oscars last year, as she was walking up the stairs to accept her prize, she tumbled over her haute couture dress. The moment instantly went viral, the ultimate “Stars: They’re Just Like Us!” moment in GIF format.

So just how big a star is Lawrence? Asked about her on Thursday, her “American Hustle” costar — and lead actress nominee — Amy Adams said, “I’d rather not speak on Jennifer because everything I say becomes a headline.”

Oscar nominations:

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Nebraska
Captain Phillips
Philomena
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
Gravity
The Wolf of Wall Street
Her

ACTOR in a Leading Role
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

ACTRESS in a Leading Role
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

ACTOR in A Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

ACTRESS in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska

More: http://oscar.go.com/nominees/?cid=abc_fb_nominees

The Hunger Games Makes Like Avatar !

Ho-hum. Another weekend passed, another first place finish for The Hunger Games.

The global blockbuster earned $21.5 million on Friday and Saturday, helping it defeat such newcomers as The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods to become the first film since Avatar to sit atop the box office four weeks in a row.

Among the latest notable achievements for The Hunger Games:

  • It has earned $337 million domestically, sliding past Spider-Man 3 for 22nd place on the list of all-time hits.
  • Including international receipts, it has garnered $531 million at the box office.

Here’s a look at the weekend’s top five US money makers:

  1. The Hunger Games: $21.5 million
  2. The Three Stooges: $17.1 million
  3. The Cabin in the Woods: $14.9 million
  4. Titanic 3D: $11.6 million
  5. American Reunion: $10.7 million

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. American Pie : Reunion
  2. Titanic in 3D
  3. How I Spent My Summer Vacation
  4. The Cold Light Of Day
  5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits In 3D

‘Hunger Games’ Beats ‘American Reunion’ and ‘Titanic 3D’ on Box Office !

The Hunger Games” surpassed the $300-million milestone at the box office over the weekend, making the film more popular with American moviegoers than any of the “Twilight” installments.

For the third consecutive weekend, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel claimed the No. 1 position at the multiplex, grossing an additional $33.5 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate. The movie has collected $302.8 million in the U.S. and Canada alone; the highest domestic gross for a “Twilight” film was November’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” which sold $300.5-million worth of tickets by the end of its run.

Meanwhile, audiences weren’t as nostalgic for the 1990s as Hollywood had hoped. “American Reunion,” the fourth entry in the raunchy “American Pie” teen comedy franchise, opened with a so-so $21.5 million. A 3-D version of James Cameron’s historical romance “Titanic” was less popular, bringing in a decent $17.4 million over the weekend. The 3-D version first hit theaters Wednesday, so its five-day total is $25.7 million.

Released in 1999, “American Pie” became a box-office hit with its buzzworthy scene featuring a teenage boy having sex with a pastry. The first film and two subsequent sequels all grossed well over $200 million worldwide.

It then appeared the franchise was dead theatrically, and Universal Pictures proceeded to release four straight-to-DVD spinoffs without franchise cast members, such as Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott. But encouraged by home video sales, the studio green-lighted “Reunion,” which reunites the original gang as it heads home for a high school get-together. Universal co-financed the picture with Relativity Media for about $50 million.

Those who saw “American Reunion” this weekend liked it, assigning it an average grade of B+, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Roughly 61% of the weekend audience was older than 25, suggesting that the film appealed mostly to a crowd familiar with “Pie” instead of a new generation of moviegoers.

“As word of mouth continues, I think this will be a choice for younger audiences,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “This movie was made for a price, and we’re looking at a very respectful worldwide number. We’re happy to be No. 2 in the marketplace against a huge juggernaut.”

Nine years ago, “American Wedding” opened with $33 million. But if the fourth theatrical movie ends up lagging its previous entries domestically, it may make up some ground internationally. Overseas, “Reunion” opened in 28 foreign countries and collected $19.3 million. According to Universal, that’s 105% ahead of how much “Wedding” made in the same locations in 2003. The new movie performed especially well this weekend in Russia and Australia, selling about $5 million worth of tickets in each country.

When a 3-D reissue of “The Lion King” ended up grossing a surprisingly strong $94.2 million after its release in September, it seemed 3-D re-releases would be the wave of the future in Hollywood. After that tale resonated with audiences, Walt Disney Studios decided to release four more of its animated titles in 3-D. The first of those, an updated “Beauty and the Beast,” started with $17.8 million in January and ultimately grossed $47.4 million. That’s somewhat more than a 3-D version of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” made after debuting in February.

“I think 3-D re-releases are really something that need to be thought through on a film-by-film basis,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution. “‘The Lion King’ is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time, and ‘Titanic’ is empirically a huge amount of people’s favorite movie. I don’t know that you can replicate this with lots of films — it needs to be one where the experience could be deepened and enhanced by 3-D conversion.”

Indeed, it seemed “Titanic 3-D” had perhaps the best chance for box-office success of any 3-D re-release, considering the 1997 original is the second-highest-grossing of all time and filmmaker Cameron, who also directed “Avatar,” is a leader in the 3-D technology field. But the film debuted with a lower three-day tally than any of the recent 3-D conversions, including “Beast” and “Phantom Menace.” Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox shared the $18-million cost to convert the story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to 3-D.

The movie — which received an A, according to CinemaScore — was also released abroad in 84 foreign countries this past weekend, grossing $35.5 million. Fox, which is releasing the film internationally, is hopeful that the movie will be a hit abroad, because theaters were sparse in many countries when the original debuted 15 years ago. For instance, when “Titanic” opened in Russia in 1998, it played in only 32 theaters and grossed $5.1 million. By comparison, “Titanic 3-D” was screened in 10 times as many Russian locations and made $4.9 million — 97% of the original’s lifetime gross in the country. Yet despite the seemingly impressive figure, Russian moviegoers responded more positively to the naughty antics of the “Reunion” guys than “Titanic 3-D,” as the comedy sold $5.1 million worth of tickets there.

Top 5 US Box Office : 

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. American Reunion
  3. Titanic
  4. Wrath of the Titans
  5. Mirror Mirror

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. Wrath of the Titans
  2. The Hunger Games
  3. A Thousand Words
  4. Mirror Mirror
  5. This Means War