I didn’t get a chance to see In The Heart of the Sea, even though I loved the book, and it sounds like I wasn’t alone: Warner Bros.’ Ron Howard epic grossed just $11 million on a $100 million production budget, a “painful flop” that will “likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros.,” according to Variety. Keep in mind, this is the same company that previously put out Jupiter Ascending and Pan. Ouch.
It’s one of the worst openings of Ron Howard’s career, and adds to a growing list of flops for Chris Hemsworth, along with Rush and Blackhat. Cue the articles calling him the next Ryan Reynolds? We’ll see. But I can personally guarantee that Blackhat sucked a lot worse than In the Heart of the Sea, which earned a B+ Cinemascore and 43% recommended on Rotten Tomatoes. This with an audience that was “54% male and 68% over the age of 35, while 3D screenings accounted for 42% of receipts.”
WB will hope to earn some money back overseas, where people are still more impressed by things like 3D, and running water. (I kid, I kid.) ITHOTS was sandwiched between repeating number one Mockingjay Part 2, which is still the worst-performing film of the Hunger Games franchise, and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which, at $89.6 million domestic is still the worst-performing Pixar movie. Overall, this weekend’s top 12 was the lowest performing box office for this weekend since 1998.