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Wkd Box Office 12•11-13•15 - Calm before the Stormtroopers

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xaosslug

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70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
43% In the Heart of the Sea
77% The Good Dinosaur
93% Creed
64% Krampus
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86% The Big Short

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Box Office: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Flops With $11 Million Debut


Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” sunk at the box office, mustering up a measly $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters.

It’s a painful flop for the director behind “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13.” One of the worst of his Oscar-winning career. With an $100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic. “In the Heart of the Sea’s” failure is the latest in a long string of missteps and disasters for the company, which is reeling from a litany of disasters that includes “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Jupiter Ascending,” and “Pan.” The studio did catch a break over Thanksgiving when “Creed” emerged as a sleeper hit and its financial exposure is softened on “In the Heart of the Sea” because Village Roadshow was a financial partner.

“We stand behind Ron and his vision for the story,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “We believe in him. He’s a terrific filmmaker. But some movies work and unfortunately some movies don’t.”

“In the Heart of the Sea” reunites Howard with Chris Hemsworth. The pair previously collaborated on the racing drama “Rush.” It centers on the Essex, a whaling vessel that had a violent encounter with a sperm whale. The nautical disaster inspired Herman Melville’s”Moby Dick.” Outside of the “Thor” movies, Hemsworth has struggled to establish himself as a box office draw — “Rush” and this year’s cyber thriller “Blackhat” both fizzled.

The film is the latest adult oriented drama to collapse at the box office, joining a list that includes “Steve Jobs,” “Our Brand is Crisis,” and “Burnt.” The opening weekend audience for “In the Heart of the Sea” skewed older. Ticket buyers were 54% male and 68% over the age of 35. 3D screenings accounted for 42% of receipts.

Warner Bros. hopes it can make up some ground over the holidays, noting that the B+ CinemaScore means word-of-mouth will be solid.

“The adult audience has been slow to come out and that’s frustrating because this is a story well told,” said Goldstein.

Of course, the whole weekend was a throat clearing of sorts as the movie business braces for the debut of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” next week. The return to a galaxy far, far away is on pace to shatter records for a December opening and could threaten “Jurassic World’s” debut of $208.8 million to become the biggest launch in history.

With “In the Heart of the Sea” flailing, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″will captured first place for the fourth straight weekend with $11.3 million. The science-fiction franchise capper has earned $244.5 million domestically.

Among holdovers, “The Good Dinosaur” nabbed second place with $10.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $89.7 million. “Creed” captured fourth position with $10.1 million. The boxing drama has earned $79.3 million after three weeks of release.

“Krampus” dropped 58% in its second weekend of release to round out the top five with $8 million. The Christmas-themed horror film has earned $28.1 million stateside.

On the awards season front, “The Big Short” capitalized on Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations to pick up the year’s second largest per-screen average of $90,000. The film, which stars Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and explores the origins of the recent financial collapse, earned $720,000 from eight theaters. A wide release is scheduled for Dec. 23.

“We think the movie will cross over and be mainstream entertainment,” said Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice-chairman.

“Spotlight,” another Oscar front-runner, reached an important milestone, crossing the $20 million mark after earning $2.5 million.

Overall, the box office slipped 10% from a year ago when Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings'” earned more than $24 million. Theater owners and studios made much about the fact that blockbuster-stacked 2015 would be the biggest year in history, but ticket sales have floundered in the final quarter of the year. Now, the movie industry will look to Luke Skywalker to revive its fortunes.

“I don’t think you can take away how much the force is overshadowing everything right now, ” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “Until [‘The Force Awakens’] opens, everything else will be a non-factor.”



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kswiston

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Worldwide Updates:

Point Break - $35M
Mockingjay Pt 2 - $565M
Victor Frankenstein - $30M
Bridge of Spies - $123M
The Martian - $589M
The Good Dinosaur - $168M
Spectre - $821M
 

Matt_

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Im more excited for the box office results of star wars than the actual film
 
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Are Warner Bros used to doing this poorly? I feel like WB has at least one huge propert going a year, either with Harry Potter, LotR or Batman. I guess they need something else.
 

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In the grand scheme of things? Yeah, it was not good at all.

But for me, it's the year they dropped Fury Road and Creed.

So it's a GREAT year.

True but I think WB might take less risks from here on out, regardless of how much attention Fury Road and Creed got.
 
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True but I think WB might take less risks from here on out, regardless of how much attention Fury Road and Creed got.

Is Mad Max as big of a risk though? Mad Max's popularity has only been increasing after Fury Road, and I imagine a sequel (if Miller wants to do one) would perform far better now that the franchise isn't ancient.
 

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True but I think WB might take less risks from here on out, regardless of how much attention Fury Road and Creed got.

Pretty sure they'll see the word of mouth and success that quality movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and Creed got and will try to do more of that. It's not like the movies that bombed were really all that popular or perceived as quality before release. Who really saw Jupiter Ascending or In the Heart of the Sea putting up big numbers? If anyone admits to it now, it's purely historical revision.
 

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The Good Dinosuar at $168M worldwide seems low. Is that low or am I just out of touch?

No its low
very bad compared to pixar's previous performances
 

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The Good Dinosuar at $168M worldwide seems low. Is that low or am I just out of touch?

No, it's very low for a Pixar movie. Seemed Disney just threw it out there to die with not much marketing as they really didn't care since it's sandwiched between 2 huge Pixar blockbusters (Inside Out and Finding Dory) and 2 Disney mega blockbusters (Avengers 2 and Star Wars)
 

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True but I think WB might take less risks from here on out, regardless of how much attention Fury Road and Creed got.

Eh most of the films just released at a bad time, with only a few credibly bad movies were CGI fests (Our Brand is Crisis, Pan, and Jupiter Ascending). Man From UNCLE came right after Mission Impossible, In The Heart of The Sea right before Star Wars, and any other films weren't really risk takers.
 

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Did they really think a movie about a guy trying to kill a whale was the best idea nowadays.

I never understood the thought behind, "let's make a movie about Moby Dick. Wait. Not Moby Dick, something that inspired Moby Dick. Because we need is Moby Dick but less interesting."
 

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BO about to get decimated next week.

It seems like Spectre should make it above $200m finally. How's the overall gross looking like - $1bn achievable or has the movie topped out at $850m/$900m?

The Martian has amazing legs - can it reach $600m worldwide?
 

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What deity did warner brothers pissed off to have so many flops in a row? I'm now worried for future mad max sequels.
 

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What deity did warner brothers pissed off to have so many flops in a row? I'm now worried for future mad max sequels.

Those probably weren't happening anyway, honestly. It took 8 years to get Fury Road as perfect as it was. Miller's definitely not getting that much time again, and WB probably wants him to work on one of their Superhero films first before they let him back at Max again.

I'm not sure I even really want a sequel to Fury Road. That's a hell of a great note for that series to go out on.

Still below Casino Royale ($210m) and Quantum of Solace ($196m) adjusted for inflation, though.

I'm not a huge fan of adjusting for inflation, but the "oh shit" was more me realizing I completely forgot it existed for a second, not a response to its box-office.
 

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BO about to get decimated next week.

It seems like Spectre should make it above $200m finally. How's the overall gross looking like - $1bn achievable or has the movie topped out at $850m/$900m?

The Martian has amazing legs - can it reach $600m worldwide?

Spectre has zero chance at $1B. Even $900M might be too high by this point. It will depend on how well it makes it through Star Wars.
 

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Those probably weren't happening anyway, honestly. It took 8 years to get Fury Road as perfect as it was. Miller's definitely not getting that much time again, and WB probably wants him to work on one of their Superhero films first before they let him back at Max again.

I'm not sure I even really want a sequel to Fury Road. That's a hell of a great note for that series to go out on.



I'm not a huge fan of adjusting for inflation, but the "oh shit" was more me realizing I completely forgot it existed for a second, not a response to its box-office.

Out of curiosity, why? Not fair to compare outright, IMO.
 

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So can we end te "Chris Hemsworth-Leading man" experiment?

Please make it happen. Dude has no charisma. Right up there with Armie Hammer, Jai Courtney and Henry Cavill as guys that shouldn't be allowed anywhere near lead roles in movies.
 

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I'd just like to say that Rush is a brilliant film and while it didn't light up the box office the words "disaster/disappointment" should not be used in the same sentence as Rush.
 
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