The only wide release of the weekend, the comedy-horror movie Krampus surprised a lot of folks with a $16 million opening in North America, putting it in second place. With another $3 million earned internationally, the movie’s $19 million start is fantastic against its $15 million production budget. Very few would initially have heard of Krampus but the lack of options on the weekend and a sluggish showing of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur which would otherwise have been expected to continue to dominate in its second week, has helped this movie rake in good numbers. A 66% score on Rottentomatoes also seems fairly decent for such a movie. Krampus should eventually end its theatrical run north of $50 million making it a solid low budget hit. It’s a vindication for director Michael Dougherty whose 2007 movie Trick ‘r’ Treat received only a limited release but eventually earned critical acclaim. Maybe the success of Krampus can get the sequel to Trick ‘r’ Treat moving quicker which had been announced by the studio way back in 2013.
Last week’s movies had mixed results though in line with the way they opened. Sylvester Stallone starrer Creed dropped by 48% in its second weekend and has earned $70 million worldwide so far which covers twice its production budget already. Director Ryan Coogler is now being linked with Marvel’s Black Panther movie which wouldn’t be bad at all. The foreign earnings of Creed though are just starting to come in, and how big the movie’s final earnings could turn out to be would be interesting to keep track of. On the other hand, The Good Dinosaur plunged by slightly more than 60%, a fate unknown to Pixar movies except for Cars 2. The Good Dinosaur has earned $131 million so far worldwide, and the signs are that the movie is going to struggle to break-even. A rare instance when Pixar has gone completely wrong! Victor Frankenstein has been a disaster since the first day of its release, but it has somehow grossed $24 million worldwide so far, which still means the studios lose a huge chunk of their money, though not as much as initially thought.
Staying atop the domestic box-office charts for the third week in a row is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. The movie has earned $524 million worldwide so far, which means that each movie in the series has crossed the half a billion mark. It still is the lowest earner of the series and needs another $170 million to inch above 2012’s The Hunger Games. Rounding up the top five is Spectre which might not cross $200 million in North America after all, though that becomes irrelevant in comparison to its global appeal that has led to $792 million box-office earnings worldwide. Reaching the billion dollar mark is going to be a hefty challenge, but the numbers even now look great.
Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 ($18.6 million; third weekend)
2. Krampus ($16.0 million)
3. Creed ($15.5 million; second weekend)
4. The Good Dinosaur ($15.5 million; second weekend)
5. Spectre ($5.4 million; fifth weekend)