Film

Krampus brings cheer, not fear, to Universal with $6M night

Universal’s horror-comedy “Krampus” is this holiday’s surprise hit, takin in an estimated $6M on Friday to beat out “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” at $5.6M.

The holiday themed scare-fest stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler. Michael Dougherty directed the film, working off a script that he wrote with Zach Shields and Todd Casey. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Michael Dougherty served as producers on the project, while Daniel Stillman served as executive producer.

The story of Krampus surrounds a dark tale of a yuletide legend, serving up an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. The horror-comedy tells the story of young Max (Emjay Anthony), who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays.

When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus, which is an ancient entity from European folklore, all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own. Now, the fractured family is forced to unite if they hope to survive.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings are being created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film was released by Universal Pictures.

Mockingjay and Krampus were both able to beat out “Creed” on Friday, the new installment to the Rocky franchise earned $4.6M domestically. The weekend box-office results will be in tomorrow, with Krampus and Mockingjay both contenders for the top-spot on the charts. This being Mockingjay’s third week at the box-office, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if the film drops from number-one but Krampus outpacing Creed is another welcomed surprise for Universal’s unstoppable 2015 year in cinema.