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.
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.”