‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Sets Sail With $575,000 at Thursday Box Office Ron Howard‘s nautical disaster epic, “In the Heart of the Sea,” made $575,000 at the box office on Thursday night. The $100 million budget film tells the story of the Essex, a whaling ship that lost a run-in with a gigantic sperm whale, inspiring Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” The film, starring Chris Hemsworth in the leading role, currently holds a 48 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is expected to make $10 to $15 million this weekend. Also Read: Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea' About to Sink at Box Office The film also stars Benjamin Walker,