The horror-comedy “Krampus” scared up a moderate $637,000 at 2,173 theaters on Thursday night.
Preview showings in the U.S. began at 7 p.m. The film is the only major studio release set to open in the post-Thanksgiving frame, which is expected to be relatively quiet until the Dec. 18 launch of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Recent box office forecasts have estimated that Universal-Legendary’s “Krampus” will take in between $11 million and $13 million when it unspools across 2,902 theaters. Adam Scott and Toni Collette co-star in the $15 million production, which centers on the Krampus character of Alpine folklore, who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season.
“Krampus” should finish in fourth behind Lionsgate’s third weekend of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” Disney-Pixar’s second weekend of “The Good Dinosaur” and New Line-MGM’s second weekend of “Creed.”
Most analysts have pegged “Mockingjay 2” as the winner for the third straight weekend with about $23 million. The Jennifer Lawrence tentpole had taken in $206 million in the U.S. as of Wednesday, making it the seventh-highest domestic grosser of 2015.
“The Good Dinosaur” is expected to pick up $21 million, but a few prognosticators believe it could pull ahead of “Mockingjay 2” to score a first place victory. The animated family comedy has grossed nearly $60 million in its first eight days
“Rocky” spin-off “Creed” should add approximately $18 million to its haul.