Warner Bros. reports In the Heart of the Sea debuted to an underwhelming $3.845 million on Friday. Unfortunately, that's 57 percent below the opening day of Exodus: Gods and Kings, which bowed on this same weekend last year. Unprecedented anticipation for next week's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has clearly affected a number of movies during the late fall/early holiday market, and this is the latest victim of that. Heart landed a mediocre "B+" Cinemascore" and currently sits at 65 percent on Flixster (with a disappointing 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). BoxOffice projects a $10.5 million opening weekend.
Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 added $3.26 million in second place on Friday, off 42 percent from the same day last week. The franchise finale has now amassed $236.5 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $10.9 million weekend, which would give it a fourth straight weekend first place finish.
Creed claimed third place yesterday with a 34 percent week-to-week drop to $2.985 million. With $72.2 million in the domestic bank, BoxOffice projects a $9.9 million third frame for the strongly received film.
Krampus took fourth place on Friday with $2.53 million, down just 58 percent from last Friday (a respectable drop for horror flick on its second Friday). With $22.7 million in the bag so far, look for a healthy $7.8 million sophomore frame.
The Good Dinosaur rounded out the top five on Friday with $2.25 million, giving it a new total of $81.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $10.2 million weekend.
Last but not least, Paramount's The Big Short got off to a stellar start in 8 locations with an estimated $221,928 opening day yesterday, making for a strong per-theater average of $27,741. That puts the strongly reviewed and multiple Golden Globe-nominated film on pace for a $640,000 opening weekend, which would give it a per-theater weekend average close to $80,000 -- on par with the likes of Lincoln ($85k), The Fighter ($75k), and Up in the Air ($78k).
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