‘Hunger Games’ kills ‘Krampus’ at box office

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

TheHunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 continues to kill the competition entering the box office arena — beating out the solo major new release Krampus to win the crown for the third weekend in a row.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.

We’re on the cusp of this onslaught of 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 onto Christmas, scored $16 million for second place in the slow weekend. 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 cast including Toni Collette and Adam Scott, Krampus scored despite a tepid 63% rating with critics on RottenTomatoes.com and a B- with audiences on CinemaScore.com. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone continued to pull in returns with the boxing film Creed in its second weekend, taking the upper hand in what is a virtual tie for third place with $15.54 million and a box office total of $65 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. Jeff Bock, box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, says he was surprised to see Creed and The Good Dinosaur drop to the levels which allowed the little-discussed Krampus to take second place. “I thought both both of these major films would hold on stronger. 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.

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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