Warner Bros.' "In the Heart of the Sea," starring Chris Hemsworth, sank on its opening weekend at the box office, earning just $11.05 million (Photo by Warner Bros.)
LOS ANGELES - Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" topped the weekend box office for the fourth straight week with $11.41 million, while Warner Bros.' Chris Hemsworth starrer, "In the Heart of the Sea" sank with a paltry $11.05 million on its opening weekend for second place.
"In the Heart of the Sea" tells the story of the whaling ship Essex which was sunk by a whale and served as the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." The movie, with a $100 million budget, appears destined to crash and burn as moviegoers all but dismissed the Ron Howard film with the apparent disdain of the ancient whale toward its human prey.
The 'Hunger Games' finale reached a total of $244.60 million after four weeks since its release. The sci-fi adventure had little oppostion with the only other major studio release, Paramount's "The Big Short," earned $705,520 in just eight screens, finishing in 15th place. The film tells the story of the financial and housing meltdown of 2008.
Third place went to Disney's "The Good Dinosaur" with $10.31 million for a three-week total of $89.48 million. It was followed by Warner Bros. "Rocky" spinoff "Creed," which earned $10.12 million for a three-week total of $79.32 million. In fifth place was Universal/Legendary Pictures' Christmas horror tale, "Krampus," which garnered $8.42 million for two-week total of $28.56 million.
The rest of the top 10 stacked up this way:
6. "The Night Before," (Sony) $4.13 million for a four-week total of $38.43 million
7. "SPECTRE" (Sony) $4.04 million for a six-week total of $190.81 million
8. "The Peanuts Movie (Fox) $2.68 million for a six-week total of $124.99 million
9. "Spotlight" (Open Roads) $2.51 million for a six-week total of $20.30 million
10. "Brooklyn" (Fox Searchlight) $1.99 million for six-week total of $14.35 million