Box Office: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Is Massive Bomb for Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth had one of the biggest movies this year with Avengers: Age of Ultron. But now, he’s also had one of its biggest bombs with the new Ron Howard epic, In the Heart of the Sea.
Although the movie opened at No. 2 behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, In the Heart of the Sea earned just $11 million on a budget of $100 million. This might not be so bad in any other season, where the movie would have potential to find an audience through word of mouth. But with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out in just a few days, and Oscar season kicking into high gear with a bunch of new buzzed-about films, it seems unlikely that In the Heart of the Sea will gain any new momentum.
To make matters worse for In the Heart of the Sea, the movie didn’t really do much better overseas, as the movie earned just $12.6 million for a 12-day foreign total of $39.4 million. This brings its global total to a paltry $50.4 million, which is not only a lousy number for Hemsworth and Howard, but also for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, who shared the financial burden of making the movie. And while the co-financing somewhat lessens the sting of this bomb, it still seems like audiences aren’t exactly sold on the story that inspired Moby Dick.
But the news wasn’t as bad for other films this weekend. Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur came in at No. 3 with $10.5 million to bring its domestic total to $89.7 million and its worldwide haul of $187.9 million. This was just enough to keep ahead of Creed — which scored a Golden Globe nomination last Thursday for star Sylvester Stallone in the Best Supporting Actor category. The boxing movie landed at No. 4 with $10.1 million for a domestic gross of $79.3 million, as strong word of mouth and even stronger critical reviews have helped to carry the film through what’s been a fairly stacked holiday season at the box office. Meanwhile, Krampus rounded out the top five with $8 million, bringing its North American gross to $28.2 million and its worldwide total to $37 million over two weeks.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 12/14/2015
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 ($11.3 million)
2. In the Heart of the Sea ($11 million)
3. The Good Dinosaur ($10.5 million)
4. Creed ($10.1 million)
5. Krampus ($8 million)
6. Spectre ($4 million)
7. The Night Before ($3.9 million)
8. The Peanuts Movie ($2.7 million)
9. Spotlight ($2.5 million)
10. Brooklyn ($2 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the week in film, find out which movies were nominated for the 2016 Golden Globes!