'Hunger Games' tops

box office again

LOS ANGELES - The Hunger Games finale spoiled an early Christmas for holiday horror comedy Krampus and maintained its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running.

The Jennifer Lawrence-led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its domestic total to $227 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

Krampus, the anti-Santa Claus thriller from Universal, the only film to debut in the Top 10 this week, brought in $16 million.

The normally slow weekend following Thanksgiving was up 26 percent from a year ago, thanks to the fresh fodder from Universal, which slipped in between the release of two huge franchise movies - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which is due out Dec. 18.

Creed, the boxing film in which Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, came third, and the Disney/Pixar animated tale The Good Dinosaur came fourth. Each had around $15.5 million in ticket sales.

- Associated Press