Art and Experience: During one of the hardest weekends of the year to open a movie, Universal did so with Legendary’s holiday horror comedy Krampus earning $16.3M in first place, which is better than the $10M-$13M that the town and Uni were expecting. Tack on $3.3M and you have a global weekend for this Michael Dougherty film that’s just under $20M. With a title like Krampus on the release schedule, a throwback to the Christmas-horror cult hybrids like Silent Night Deadly Night, no one was taking this film seriously, predicting its imminent demise in its first weekend. One non-Uni distrib chief thought Krampus would go the way of Victor Frankestein, which had all its legs and arms fall off with a -70% floor drop in its second frame for $747K. But Krampus rose on Saturday over Friday by 10%, which rarely happens for a horror title.

Independent cinema chart with Krampus  as first place is below.

Krampus (U/Legendary), 2,902 theaters / 3-day cume: $16.3M / Per screen: $5,615

The Night Before (SONY), 2,794, theaters (-166)/ 3-day cume: $5M (-40%)/ Per screen: $1,800 /Total cume: $32.1M

Spotlight (OPRD), 980 theaters (+83) / 3-day cume: $2.8 (-36%) / Per screen: $2,857 /Total cume: $16.5M

Brooklyn (FSL), 906 theaters (+61) / 3-day cume: $2.4M (-38%)/ Per screen: $2,693 /Total cume: $11.2M

Secret In Their Eyes (STX), 2,147 theaters (-245) / 3-day cume: $2M (-56%)/ Per screen: $901 /Total cume: $17.2M

Love The Coopers (LGF), 1,639 theaters (-228)/ 3-day cume: $1.5M (-51%)/ Per screen: $924 /Total cume: $22.7M

Trumbo (BST), 660 theaters (+43)/ 3-day cume: $951K (-41%)/ Per screen: $1,441 /Total cume: $4.2MCarol (TWC), 4 theaters (0)/ 3-day cume: $145K (-27%) / Per screen: $36,281/Total: $815K