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With 'Force Awakens' looming, 'Heart of the Sea' sinks

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:09 AM
A scene from the film, 'In the Heart of the Sea'.

With The Force Awakens looming, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, notched its fourth straight weekend atop the box office, while Ron Howard's whaling tale, In the Heart of the Sea, capsized. It was a quiet weekend at movie theatres. Few studios wanted to push out a new release days before The Force Awakens. That left the final chapter of the Hunger Games saga to remain No. 1 with $11.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, was the only major new release to test the pre-Star Wars waters. But its hopes sank with an estimated $11 million despite a production budget of around $100 million.

In limited release, Adam McKay's finance farce, The Big Short, opened strongly with $720,000 in eight theatres.