OK, that’s an exaggeration. Nobody figured a movie about a whale would make a fortune.
But as things stand now, a fictionalized film version of a non-fiction best seller about the true story that inspired “Moby Dick” may take down Katniss Everdeen and her band of YA warriors.
Friday night’s numbers show the Chris Hemsworth/Ron Howard adventure tale “In the Heart of the Sea” edging “Hunger Games PArt XVIII.” Or whatever. “Heart of the Sea” wasn’t helped by mixed reviews.
Neither film figures to pull in more than $12 million this weekend. “Hunger Games” has been out forever, but nothing that’s opened since has dented it too much (“Krampus” “Creed” “Good Dinosaur” all came close).
The other news is that this is the film that finally shoves “The Martian” out of the top ten. $222 million for the Oscar hopeful starring Matt Damon. “Hunger Games” is over $227, FYI.
“Krampus” is still making money, “The Good Dinosaur” sticking around, etc. etc.