Final ‘Hunger Games’ Installment Bests Box Office Competition

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‘Hunger Games’ finale fends off spooky ‘Krampus’ film.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The “Hunger Games” finale spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy “Krampus” to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running. The final installment of the “Hunger Games” dominated the box office in the United States and Canada for a third straight week, with Christmas horror flick “Krampus” scaring up the number two spot. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star, raked in $18.6 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Modestly budgeted for under $15 million, “Krampus” is likely to add to the profits of what has been a record year for Universal following the release of movies like “Jurassic World,” ”Furious 7,” and “Minions.” Meanwhile, the final movie installment for bow-wielding Katniss pushed past $500 million worldwide, another hit for Lionsgate, which has staked its claim on the young adult market. It hopes to keep rolling with its franchise film strategy with “Allegiant,” the third film in the “Divergent” series due out in March. “Creed,” the boxing film where Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, came third, and the Disney/Pixar animated tale “The Good Dinosaur” came fourth. In third place for a second week was boxing flick “Creed,” a next-generation version of the “Rocky” series, whose revenue totaled $15.54 million.

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Among other films competing for attention in the coming weeks are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” the Will Smith-led football movie “Concussion,” and “Joy,” an underdog tale that reunites stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper with “American Hustle” director David O. Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. (+) 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.

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