Box Office: ‘Krampus’ Beats ‘Good Dinosaur’ With $16M; ‘Hunger Games’ Stays No. 1

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Box Office: ‘Krampus’ Beats ‘Good Dinosaur’ With $16M; ‘Hunger Games’ Stays No. 1.

Holiday horror-comedy Krampus out-performed expectations in its debut at the North American box office, grossing $16 million from 2,902 theaters to come in No. 2 behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. The final installment in Lionsgate’s YA film franchise raced past the $500 million globally over the weekend, finishing Sunday with a worldwide cume of $523.9 million.

Lionsgate and Alcon also saw solid results offshore with Point Break, which debuted to $14.1 million in six Asian markets, including $12.1 million in China. The holiday horror-comedy “Krampus” from Universal Pictures was the most successful opening film this weekend, taking the number-two spot on the charts.

In a surprise upset, Legendary and Universal’s Krampus beat animated family tentpole The Good Dinosaur, which tumbled 60 percent in its second weekend domestically, tying with Cars 2 to mark the steepest drop ever for a Pixar title (some rival studios show Dinosaur falling 61 percent). The film earned $16M across 2,902 locations here in the United States. “Krampus” is the story of a boy having a bad Christmas and ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home. Pictures’ “Creed” earned an additional $15.54M this weekend, raising the film’s two-week total to just over $65M since it was released in theaters. Directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick r’ Treat), Krampus stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner and recounts the ancient legend of Krampus, who punishes those who have lost their Christmas spirit.

A flurry of movies opened at the specialty box office as awards season intensifies, including Spike Lee’s well-received Chi-Raq, the first title from Amazon’s original films division. Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Maleah Nipay-Padilla are the voice talents in the project. “Spectre” from Sony Pictures earned $5.42M domestically this week to take fifth-place overall.

The latest Bond installment screened across 2,840 locations and has earned over $184.5M since it hit theaters five weeks ago. “Spectre” was directed by Sam Mendes, working off a screenplay written by John Logan and Neal Purvis. It’s unclear how wide Chi-raq will ultimately play, since many theaters will likely refuse to carry the title since it will be offered relatively quickly on Amazon Prime. Roadside Attractions is handling the film theatrically. “When we saw an early cut of Chi-Raq we knew it was crucial to get the film out as soon as possible,” said Amazon Studios head of marketing and distribution Bob Berney. “The numbers out of Chicago are phenomenal.

In Chicago, we estimate a $15,000-plus per screen average on 22 screens,” Berney continued. “And in the majority of our 305 theaters we’re one of the top three grossing films. Chi-Raq has been recognized as a call to action to stop the violence plaguing cities across the country, not only Chicago.” Other new limited offerings include Macbeth, based on William Shakespeare’s play and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, starring Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano, fared somewhat better, debuting to an estimated $80,000 from four theaters for a location average of $20,000.

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