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Thursday Night Previews: Is Sea Sunk Already?

December 11th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea started its box office run last night earning a mere $575,000 in previews. This is the same as The Age of Adaline managed earlier this year. Admittedly, those two films have very little in common and are not a good comparison, so we will have to look elsewhere to figure out what this opening means. A better comparison would be Exodus: Gods and Kings, which opened this week last year. That film earned $1.2 million during its previews, but only managed $24.12 million during its opening weekend and $65.01 million during its domestic run. Assuming the same legs, this puts In the Heart of the Sea on pace for an opening weekend of $11.56 million, which might not be enough for first place. Worse still, it would be on pace for a domestic total of just $31.15 million on a $100 million budget. That might actually be too generous for this film, because Exodus didn't have to deal with Star Wars: The Force Awakens during its sophomore stint. We will know more about this film's weekend chances this time tomorrow when the Friday numbers are released.

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