Box office report: Katniss and Krampus win the weekend

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‘Hunger Games’ kills ‘Krampus’ at box office.

LOS ANGELES — Call it the deep breath before the onslaught: A dozen major movies are lined up for release over the next three weeks, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but Hollywood mostly served Thanksgiving leftovers this post-holiday weekend, historically a dead spot on the box-office calendar. Mockingjay topped the otherwise quiet post-Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $18.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $227.1 million and its global total to $523.9 million.

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 fourth installment in the Hunger Games franchise is the first film to pull a threepeat since Straight Outta Compton in August. (The Martian was No. 1 in four out of five weekends after its release in October.) The weekend after Thanksgiving tends to be one of the slowest of the year, and as a result, Krampus was the only major wide release scheduled.

Second place went to “Krampus,” a rare Christmas-themed horror movie, which arrived to about $16 million in ticket sales, a bit more than analysts expected. “Krampus” (Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures) cost an estimated $15 million to make. “Creed,” from Warner’s New Line and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, was a close third, taking in about $15.5 million, for a two-week domestic total of $65 million. Still, Krampus actually bested expectations to pull in a solid $16 million, and although it was widely expected to open in the low teens, the Christmas-themed horror comedy took second place. 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. With a budget just over $15 million, the film registered a B- from audience polling firm CinemaScore and a 63% “fresh” rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics.

We’re on the cusp of this onslaught of holiday movies and this picture will change soon.” The new horror film Krampus, featuring a young boy (Emjay Anthony) who accidentally summons a demonic Santa Claus, scored $16 million for second place in the slow weekend. With a cast including Toni Collette and Adam Scott, Krampus outperformed, despite a tepid 64% approval rating from critics at and a B- grade from audiences at CinemaScore. 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. 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 New Line Cinema and MGM-financed “Rocky” spinoff “Creed”, which debuted strongly last week, continues to have a winning punch, taking the third spot this week. The Warner Bros.-distributed picture by director Ryan Coogler is a welcome relief for the distributor after a year of weak performers, including “Pan.” With an impressive 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A grade from CinemaScore, “Creed” stars Michael B. The Letters, which stars Juliet Stevenson, was handily beat by Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, which only opened in 305 locations but still earned $1.3 million. Both Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s reprise of his iconic “Rocky” character, have garnered critical acclaim. “Creed” edged out fourth-place finisher “The Good Dinosaur,” the latest computer-animated offering from Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar. Internationally, the film crossed $100 million as it continues to play strongest in Latin America with good showings in France, Germany and Southeast Asia.

Likely awards contender Spotlight and its ensemble cast, including Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, expanded to 980 theaters, taking an impressive $2.9 million in its fifth weekend of release and $16.6 million to date. 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. Jackson, the film, which sparked controversy even before its release, will continue in theaters before being available on Amazon Prime users in the coming months. Open Road’s “Spotlight” and Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn”, both prompting awards buzz, continue to perform well to their audiences, taking the eighth ($2.9 million) and ninth ($2.4 million) spots, respectively, at the box office.

The Weinstein Co.’s “Carol” was the per-screen average leader for the third weekend straight with $147,241 on four screens, averaging 36,810 per screen. 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. Between now and then, the only other major wide releases are the Ron Howard-directed adventure “In the Heart of the Sea” — based on a story that inspired the Herman Melville classic “Moby-Dick” — and “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy as a pair of identical twin gangsters in 1960s Britain. 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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