Will In the Heart of the Sea sink or swim this weekend at the box office?

It’s the calm before next week’s Star Wars storm, and thought there’s one new release hitting theaters this weekend, it’s doubtful that it will have a huge impact. Here’s our prediction:

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In the Heart Of the Sea is the Ron Howard-directed, Chris Hemsworth-staring interpretation of the true life events that sin pried Herbert Melville to craft Moby Dick. Reviews have been so-so so far, and I’m not convinced that Hemsworth can open a film outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Look for a first place showing with $18 million.

As for the rest of the top five, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will hit second place with $12 million. The Good Dinosaur will be in third place with $11.5 million, with Creed right behind it in fourth place with $11 million. Krampus should close things out in fifth with $9 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) In the Heart of the Sea – $18 million
2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – $12 million
3) The Good Dinosur – $11.5 million
4) Creed – $11 million
5) Krampus – $9 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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