Box Office: ‘Krampus’ Decks the Halls With $15 Million

Courtesy of Legendary Pictures

Universal-Legendary’s holiday horror-comedy “Krampus” is making merry as the only major new release for the weekend, having pulled in $6 million on Friday for an estimated weekend haul of $15 million, according to Saturday forecasts.

“Krampus,” unspooling in 2,902 U.S. locations, finished Friday in first place ahead of early estimates, tying a bow on Universal’s already gigantic 2015. Adam Scott and Toni Collette star in the comedic thriller about the horned beast of European folklore who punishes naughty children around Christmastime.

Hot on the heels of “Krampus” is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” which is expected to win the weekend with an $18 million total after generating $5.6 million in Friday receipts from 4,086 locations. Should estimates hold, the Lionsgate pic should top the box office for a third straight weekend. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in the culminating chapter of the dystopian YA series, a B.O. juggernaut. “Mockingjay — Part 2” should finish the weekend with a cumulative domestic total above $225 million.

Also in contention is Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which could even edge out “Krampus” for the weekend’s No. 2 spot. “Dinosaur” pulled in $3.4 million Friday from 3,749 locations, suggesting a three-day total of $15 million. The animated pic, which follows an early human and a young dinosaur becoming friends, could top $75 million in domestic receipts by the end of the weekend.

See More: Digital Tracking: ‘Krampus’ Wants to Spoil ‘Mockingjay’s’ Holiday Fun

New Line-MGM’s second weekend of “Creed” nabbed $4.6 million Friday from 3,424 locations, putting it on track for a three-day haul of $14 million. The “Rocky” spinoff made a big splash over the Thanksgiving weekend, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. “Creed’s” director, Ryan Coogler, is in talks to helm an even higher-profile project: Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

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  1. Bill B. says:

    Who cares. There are some movies open that I have some interest in seeing, but not a one mentioned in this article.

  2. lavfxdude says:

    For those of you lamenting the numbers – the weekend after Thanksgiving is typically slow – hence the lack of new releases. It’s like this every year, so anyone making anything more out of it shows a lack of understanding of the industry.

    And to JimG – the CREED numbers are about as far from disappointing as they could be. The film was originally predicted to gross $17-20mil for the 5-day weekend. It broke the Tuesday preview record and more than doubled initial projections.

    CREED has over-performed both financially and critically and has become not only a crowd pleaser but gathered serious (and deserved) Oscar buzz. Go hate on another film – your jealousy is not becoming- but unfortunately typical for outsiders pretending to know what they’re talking about.

  3. Jay says:

    Hollywood has a a concept of “two for you, one for me,” where for every Marvel or cartoon movie done, there’s a Depression-era movie about a person tending to their garden. However, this isnt working well for Disney-Pixar. Good Dinosaur and Inside Out are too high-concept to compete with Dreamworks and Peanuts during prime seasons. They should release an Incredibles/Toy Story sequel during Summer/Holidays, and save the Awards shmaltz for spring/late winter.

  4. Ryan says:

    The Good Flopasaur. The box office is pretty damn weak.


    WTH happened to the box office this weekend!?! EVERYTHING is way down and SOME (SPECTRE, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, HUNGAR GAMES #4) are down a lot more than others. Wow, we are seeing major 55-60% drop-offs early this year for major films. Must be people busy with Christmas time activities.

  6. JimG. says:

    I love how they deflected Creed’s disappointing 2d weekend by mentioning Black Panther. For a film with its critics’ reviews and A Cinemascore to according to projections fall over 50% in its sophomore frame puts it on par with The Walk and Steve Jobs disappointments. As well as its Oscar hopes assuming it would have even gotten that far: we’re still unclear where the industry’s hearts lie (the next Birdman).

  7. Jay says:

    It depends on how they spin it. But “spin” is hard to pull off these days when the public has access to the same numbers and reports online as Hollywood

  8. Jason McCann says:

    your user has no integrity. :D

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