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The Top 5 Highest-Grossing Films in the U.S. Over the Weekend

Warner Bros.' Moby Dick flick, In the Heart of the Sea—which stars Chris Hemsworth—just missed debuting at #1 thanks to the incredible staying power of the final installment of Lionsgate's Hunger Games. The two blockbusters earned $11m and $11.3m, respectively.

The biographical adventure picture about the 1820 sinking of American whaling ship Essex (which purportedly inspired the Herman Melville classic) opened to disappointing reviews and fell quite short of its $100m budget.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (Lionsgate) $11.3m 3,651/$3,095 avg. (week 4)
2. In the Heart of the Sea (Warner Bros.) $11m 3,103/$3,547 avg. (debut)
3. The Good Dinosaur (Buena Vista) $10.5m 3,606/$2,911 avg. (week 3)
4. Creed (Warner Bros.) $10.1m 3,502/$2,890 avg. (week 3)
5. Krampus (Universal) $8m 2,919/$2,744 avg. (week 2)

On the limited-release front, Paramount's The Big Short scored a whopping $720k from just eight theaters (a $90k average). The film is based on Michael Lewis' 2010 book of the same name, centers around the 2007-2010 financial crisis and boasts an all-star cast of Christian BaleSteve CarellRyan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

It's already nabbed four Golden Globe nominations, as well as two Screen Actor's Guild noms, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Pass the popcorn, buddy, and don't forget the cannabutter. Awards season is coming.

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