That will probably make for another slow weekend at the box office as all eyes in Hollywood turn to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which opens Dec. 18. Last weekend also had little new to offer moviegoers, besides the holiday-themed horror-comedy "Krampus."
"In the Heart of the Sea" is projected to gross $12 million to $15 million Friday through Sunday during its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada. The film, which stars
"Prospects aren't big for this film, and if you open a week before 'Star Wars,' you're going to get lost in the shuffle," said Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst at the tracking firm Exhibitor Relations
The studio has suffered multiple flops this year, including "Pan" and "Our Brand Is Crisis," although it recently caught a break with the hit "Rocky" franchise spinoff "Creed."
"In the Heart of the Sea" is based on the true story that inspired the celebrated Herman Melville novel "Moby Dick." Howard is known for successes such as "A Beautiful Mind" and "Apollo 13," but his most recent movie
Howard's new film has already begun its international march, opening earlier this month in 38 countries, although it hasn't shown much muscle. The nautical adventure has grossed $18.5 million overseas so far, with bright spots including Russia and South Korea.
Otherwise, there's little left to compete with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2," which has topped the domestic sales charts for three straight weeks and could be on its way to a fourth win in a row.
The Lionsgate movie, starring
In limited release, Paramount Pictures is opening "The Big Short," a comedy-drama about the financial crisis in which a group of Wall Street types (played by
Universal Pictures' "Legend," starring Tom Hardy as identical twin gangsters in 1960s Britain, is expanding to 73 theaters this weekend.