Weekend Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Tops ‘Heart of the Sea,’ 4th Win in Row

Ron Howard‘s Big-Budget Film

Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 had edged out In the Heart of the Sea and nabbed the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row with a muted $11.3 million to bring its total domestic gross to $244.49 million.

Ron Howard‘s big-budget film, which stars Chris Hemsworth, opened to a disappointing $11 million debut in its first weekend out. In the Heart of the Sea reportedly cost $100 million to make.

Third was Pixar’s animated The Good Dinosaur with $10.5 million.

Fourth was Creed, the next-generation version of the Rocky series with $10.1 million.

Fifth was the horror comedy Krampus with $8 million. The film cost just $15 million to make and has earned $28 million in two weeks. Here’s this weekend’s top ten, according to studio estimates.

Weekend Box Office

Elsewhere, Adam McKay’s The Big Short featuring an all-star dream cast also opened in just eight theaters where it took in $720,000, while Carol added another 12 locations for a total of 16 and earned $336,924 this weekend and $1.220 million to date.

This weekend was the calm before the storm that will be J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi costume drama Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Any other movie that makes any money next weekend will be purely coincidental.