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Hunger Games KOs Creed; Gobbles Up Thanksgiving Holiday Box Office

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen helped power Hunger Games, Part 2, to the top of the box office over Thanksgiving. (Photo: Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen helped power Hunger Games, Part 2, to the top of the box office over Thanksgiving. (Photo: Lionsgate)

“Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Part 2” was the main course for Thanksgiving holiday movie goers, pulling down an impressive $75.8 million. It knocked out “Rocky” sequel “Creed,” although the Sylvester Stallone film finished strong $42.6 million in gross receipts.

Holiday movie spending was up by more than 10 percent over last year, according to early estimates. The industry is expected to gross more than $11 billion on the year for the first time in history.

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” has been a big contributor to the bottomline for studio Lionsgate. Its domestic gross so far tops $198 million.

“Creed,” starring Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, was lauded by critics for its deft revival of the “Rocky” film series.

It focuses on the illegitimate son of Rocky opponent Apollo Creed, who also wants to be a boxer. Rocky comes out of retirement to train him. Look for a sequel.

“The Good Dinosaur,” Disney/Pixar’s holiday family film scored with kids, earning $56 million over the five-day holiday, according to industry estimates. But there may be no joy in Disneyville.

While the film hardly struck out at the box office, it was the third lowest debut for a Disney family animated film, according to Reuters.

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Among other premieres, the news was equally bleak.

“Victor Frankenstein,” a play on Mary Shelley’s classic monster novel, scared off movie goers with a $3.4 million gross from nearly 2,800 theaters. That puts it in major bomb territory. The film reportedly cost $40 million to produce.

Among holdover releases, James Bond film “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig, earned $18.2 million, and $176 million total domestically, ranking it second among Craig’s bond films.

“Skyfall” leads with $304 million followed by “Quantum of Solace” ($168.4 million) and “Casino Royale” ($167.4 million), according to Variety.

“The Peanuts Movie,” an adaptation of the Charles Schulz comic strip, earned $13.6 million, for a total domestic gross of $116.6 million.

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