‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2′ Holds Top Slot for a 3rd Week

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‘Hunger Games’ finale fends off spooky ‘Krampus’ flick at the box office.

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.

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. Studios largely steered clear of offering up new releases, with the one major exception being “Krampus,” a darkly comic horror film from Legendary and Universal that picked up a solid US$16 million. We’re on the cusp of this onslaught of holiday movies and this picture will change soon.” .oembed-asset-link { background: #fff; border-bottom: 1px solid #e1e1e1; } .oembed-link-anchor { display: block; clear: both; } .oembed-link-thumbnail{ float: left; padding: 14px; } .oembed-link-thumbnail img { max-width: 78px; max-height: 60px; display: block; } p.oembed-link-title { font-size: 75%; color: #009BFF; margin: 0 14px; padding-top: 12px; font-weight:normal; text-align: left; line-height: 120%; } p.oembed-link-desc { font-size: 100%; color: #666; font-weight: normal; margin: 0 14px 14px 14px; font-family: ‘Futura Today Light’; text-align: left; line-height: 120%; } 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 .

Without much in the way of new blood, a trio of holdovers rounded out the top five. “Creed” rode Oscar buzz and strong word-of-mouth to a third place finish, racking up US$15.5 million to drive the “Rocky” spin-off’s domestic total to US$65.1 million. “The Good Dinosaur” finished in fourth with US$15.5 million, dropping off more than expected and falling roughly 60per cent. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone continued to pull in returns with the Rocky spinoff Creed in its second weekend, taking the upper hand in what is a virtual tie for third place with $15.54 million ($65.1 million total). That ranges from director Alejandro Inarritu’s “The Revenant” to the Amy Poehler and Tina Fey-led comedy, “Sisters,” which has knowingly marketed its film with a “Star Wars” parody trailer and the hashtag #youcanseethemboth. 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. In a failed bid for the faith-based crowd, Freestyle Releasing offered up “The Letters,” a look at the life of Mother Teresa, in 886 theaters, where it grossed an uninspiring US$802,000.

In limited release, the Weinstein Company opened “MacBeth” in five theaters, where the film adaptation of the “Scottish Play” earned a lackluster US$67,868, for a per-screen average of US$13,573. 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.

It earned US$1.2 million over 305 screens and is being distributed by Roadside Attractions.Chicago audiences were more receptive, handing the picture a US$15,000-plus per-screen average on 22 screens. “The numbers out of Chicago are phenomenal,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ marketing and distribution head. “All of this is a testament to the support of the local Chicago community and, across the board, the urgency of the situation. ‘Chi-Raq’ has been recognized as a call to action to stop the violence plaguing cities across the country, not only Chicago.”

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