'In the Heart of the Sea' Runs Ashore Giving 'Mockingjay 2' Its Fourth Straight #1
The director/star pairing of Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth just can't seem to deliver a break-out box office success. After the well-received Rush fizzled at the box office back in 2013, In the Heart of the Sea struggled mightily this weekend, opening in second place, giving The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 its fourth straight weekend at #1. Most notably, the weekend top twelve grossed a mere $68.7 million, the worst this weekend has seen since Star Trek: Insurrection topped the box office in 1998.
Taking first place for the fourth weekend in a row with $11.3 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 becomes only the second film in the Hunger Games franchise to manage such a feat and the first since Furious 7 did it back at the start of the summer. Only the first Hunger Games was able to take the top spot at the box office four weekends in a row with Catching Fire succumbing in its third weekend and Mockingjay - Part 1 in its fourth. Mockingjay 2, however, is still the fourth best overall performer in the franchise as its worldwide cume has now crossed $564 million worldwide. By comparison, Mockingjay 1 was at $610.8 million at the same point in its run and, unlike Mockingjay 2, hadn't yet opened in China.
Source: Box Office Mojo