'Hunger Games' tops box office for fourth straight week

Cinema still of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Cinema still of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, starring Jennifer Lawrence.PHOTO: MURRAY CLOSE

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The final "Hunger Games" installment topped the North American box office for a fourth week, estimates showed on Sunday (Dec 13), with the monster of a whale from "In the Heart of the Sea" landing a giant belly flop in second place.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the fourth and last movie in the blockbuster franchise that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star, earned US$11.3 million (S$16 million) in ticket sales, according to estimates from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Debuting in the number two spot was whale-of-a-tale "In the Heart of the Sea," which retells the sinking of a 19th-century whaling ship that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Moby-Dick."

The big-budget film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and was directed by Ron Howard, reportedly cost US$100 million to make but raked in only US$11.0 million in its first weekend out.

In third with US$10.5 million was Disney's animated "The Good Dinosaur." Meanwhile "Creed," a next-generation version of the "Rocky" series, landed in fourth with total revenue of US$10.1 million.

Slipping to fifth place in its second week out was "Krampus," a tale of Christmas gone awry when a boy accidentally summons a demon to his family's holiday gathering, with some US$8.0 million.

Estimates for the rest of the top 10 were as follows: 6. "Spectre" (US$4.0 million) 7. "The Night Before" (US$3.9 million) 8. "The Peanuts Movie" (US$2.7 million) 9. "Spotlight" (US$2.5 million) 10. "Brooklyn" (US$2.0 million)