NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Mockingjay – Part 2' Still #1 with $18.9M; 'Krampus' Exceeds Expectations with $16.3M; 'The Good Dinosaur' ($15.3M) Holds Off 'Creed' ($15.0M) for Third Place

on December 07, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 took in $18.86 million to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The final chapter of the young adult blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 64 percent from last weekend. After experiencing a stronger second weekend percentage hold than last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Mockingjay - Part 2 fell a bit harder in its third weekend than Mockingjay - Part 1 did in its third frame when it declined 61 percent to gross $22.03 million. With a 17-day take of $227.37 million, Mockingjay - Part 2 is currently running 12 percent behind the $258.15 million 17-day gross of Mockingjay - Part 1.

Krampus debuted in second place with $16.29 million. The holiday themed PG-13 horror film from Universal outpaced expectations and performed very nicely with its modest production budget in mind. The film's debut was made even more impressive by the fact that the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend is historically one of the toughest weekends of the year to open a film in wide release. While different genres, the opening weekend performance of Krampus was quite similar to the $16.01 million start of 2013's Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas. Like A Madea Christmas, Krampus will hope to see its holding power aided by the holiday season.

Krampus opened with $6.02 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.64 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 10 percent on Saturday to gross $6.62 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $3.66 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.71 to 1, which is very promising for a horror film. Krampus was aided by having four-quadrant appeal this weekend, as the film's audience skewed slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 21 (51 percent) and was evenly split between genders. Krampus received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is solid by horror film standards and is an encouraging sign for the film going forward.

It was a very close fight between Creed and The Good Dinosaur for third place this weekend. The Good Dinosaur ultimately had the edge with $15.32 million. The 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar fell a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Non-holiday themed family films typically experience sharp declines the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend, but the decline for The Good Dinosaur was sharper than usual. In comparison, 2010's Tangled fell 56 percent in its second weekend to gross $21.61 million. With a twelve-day start of $75.76 million, The Good Dinosaur is running below pre-release expectations and 21.5 percent behind the $96.57 million twelve-day take of Tangled. It will be especially important for The Good Dinosaur to stabilize next weekend, especially with Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens entering the marketplace the following weekend.

Warner and MGM's Creed placed in fourth with $14.99 million. The critically acclaimed seventh installment of the Rocky franchise was down 49 percent, which represented one of the weekend's stronger percentage holds among wide releases. In comparison, 2006's Rocky Balboa fell 43 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.57 million. Creed has grossed a stronger than expected $64.59 million in twelve days. That places the film a healthy 35 percent ahead of the $47.94 million twelve-day gross of Rocky Balboa. Going forward, Creed will hope to hold up well against increased competition with the aid of its strong word of mouth.

Sony releases Spectre and The Night Before claimed fifth and sixth place with respective takes of $5.52 million and $5.03 million. Spectre was down 57 percent from last weekend, while The Night Before was down just 40 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $184.62 million for Spectre in 31 days and at $32.10 million for The Night Before in 17 days.

In semi-wide release, Open Road's Spotlight and Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn placed in eighth and ninth respectively with $2.80 million and $2.44 million. Spotlight was down 36 percent from last weekend upon adding another 83 locations. Brooklyn was down 38 percent upon adding 61 locations to its count. Respective 31-day grosses for the awards season hopefuls stand at $16.51 million for Spotlight and at $11.22 million for Brooklyn.

Tags: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Krampus, The Good Dinosaur, Creed, Spectre, The Night Before, Spotlight, Brooklyn, north-america

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