Mockingjay–Part 2, the final installment in The Hunger Games series of films trumped In the Heart of the Sea at the box office this weekend.
— IMDb (@IMDb) December 13, 2015
Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay–Part 2 premiered on November 20, and has spent four weeks at the number one spot. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Elizabeth Banks, this weekend saw earnings of more than $11.3 million. Mockingjay–Part 2 has thus far brought in more than $564 million worldwide.
— Collider News (@ColliderNews) December 13, 2015
In the Heart of the Sea is a Ron Howard production, and stars Chris Hemsworth. It came close to Mockingjay–Part 2, earning $11 million in ticket sales, but not enough to reach that number one spot.
Liam and Chris Hemsworth are competing against each other for number one box office status. Which of the brothers do you expect will win? Even if In the Heart of the Sea knocks Mockingjay–Part 2 out of the top spot next weekend, it will still have four weeks under its belt in that position–along with loads of money made worldwide.
Jeff Goldstein is the executive vice president of distribution at Warner Bros. He commented on In the Heart of the Sea’s opening weekend during an interview with the L.A. Times.
“It’s really a marathon and not a sprint with a film like this,” he said. “When you have an older-skewing audience, like this film, they don’t come out during opening week. You need some time for the audience to hear about it.”
— Mockingjay – Part 2 (@TheHungerGames) December 13, 2015
Variety, however, reports that not even foreign audiences will be able to rescue In the Heart of the Sea. They are calling this debut weekend “disastrous.”
Have you seen either The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2 or In the Heart of the Sea?