Long Range Forecast: 'In the Heart of the Sea'

Featured Stories - on October 16, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff

heart.pngThis week we're focusing on one of early December's few wide releases, In the Heart of the Sea. How will Ron Howard's epic fare in the holiday market when it opens December 11?

In the Heart of the Sea

PROS:

- Director Ron Howard's strong history of critical and commercial crowd-pleasers are plenty of reason to expect good things here.
- Star Chris Hemsworth's popularity has continued to rise thanks to his turns in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Should awards buzz kick in, this could be a strong alternative to other holiday fare going into the new year.

CONS:

- The film will open in a heated market, facing no less than Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its second weekend.
- It's been a few years since Howard put out a true blockbuster, despite frequently receiving strong marks from critics and audiences.
- Hemsworth's drawing power as a leading man in a high profile film outside Marvel hasn't been fully tested yet, so this is something of a litmus test. The ensemble cast should back him up very well in that regard.

Check out our predictions for this and other upcoming films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Domestic Total
In the Heart of the Sea Dec 11, 2015 Warner Bros.
$19,000,000 $64,000,000
Krampus Dec 4, 2015 Universal
$8,000,000 $24,000,000
Creed Nov 25, 2015 Warner Bros. / New Line
$21,000,000* $77,000,000
The Good Dinosaur Nov 25, 2015 Disney
$60,000,000* $257,000,000
Victor Frankenstein Nov 25, 2015 Fox
$13,000,000* $41,000,000
Secret in Their Eyes Nov 20, 2015 STX Entertainment
$11,000,000 $38,000,000
The Night Before Nov 20, 2015 Sony / Columbia
$19,000,000 $92,000,000
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Nov 20, 2015 Lionsgate
$134,000,000 $348,000,000
By the Sea Nov 13, 2015 Universal
$13,000,000 $38,000,000
Love the Coopers Nov 13, 2015 CBS Films / Lionsgate
$8,000,000 $27,000,000
The 33 Nov 13, 2015 Warner Bros.
$13,000,000 $42,000,000
The Peanuts Movie Nov 6, 2015 Fox
$53,000,000 $220,000,000
Spectre Nov 6, 2015 Sony / Columbia
$96,000,000 $260,000,000
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) Oct 30, 2015 Warner Bros.
$7,500,000 $25,000,000
Rock the Kasbah Oct 23, 2015 Open Road
$6,500,000 $24,000,000
The Last Witch Hunter Oct 23, 2015 Lionsgate / Summit
$18,000,000 $42,000,000
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Oct 23, 2015 Paramount
$11,000,000 $22,000,000
Burnt Oct 23, 2015 Weinstein Company
$9,000,000 $30,000,000
Jem and the Holograms
Steve Jobs 
Oct 23, 2015
Oct 23, 2015 (Wide) 
Universal
Universal
$4,000,000
$24,000,000 
$9,000,000
$100,000,000 

* = 3-day weekend (Fri-Sun)

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, and Alex Edghill contributed to this report.

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