Weekend Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Kills ‘Krampus’ for 3rd Straight Win

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 beat out creepy Yule comedy Krampus to win the crown for the third weekend in a row, despite coming in second on Friday. Katniss and Co. brought in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, pushing its stateside haul to $227.1 million.

If you didn’t see the first three there’s no point. Peeta’s line about the loaf of bread won’t mean much and the cat scene won’t “send you” either.

The anti-Santa Claus thriller from Universal opened in second place this slow weekend and took in an estimated $16 million from 2,902 locations, despite a B- grade from audiences at CinemaScore. Awesome about Krampus.

Creed and The Good Dinosaur are this weekend’s third- and fourth-place films with around $15.5 million each, while the latest James Bond adventure Spectre took fifth position with $5.4 million. Here’s  top ten, based on studio estimates:

December 4-6

In limited release, the Weinstein Company opened Macbeth to $68,800 from five theaters, for a per-screen average of $13,573. Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth fared slightly better, nabbing $80,000 from four theaters for a location average of nearly $20,000. Spike Lee’s controversial Chi-Raq, the first title from Amazon’s original films division, opened at number 13 with roughly $1.2 million from 305 locations.

Next week Warner Bros. releases Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea.