B.O. Roundup, December 12-14: 'Exodus' Unseats 'Mockingjay' But Rules Feebly

Sunday, 14 December 2014 12:45 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, December 12-14: 'Exodus' Unseats 'Mockingjay' But Rules Feebly

After three consecutive weekends at number one, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1  has finally been knocked from its perch.

Just because it's number one doesn't mean that the movie doing the knocking, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is necessarily a hit of biblical proportions.

Ridley Scott's Old Testament epic starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as improbably white Moses and Ramses hit in 2D and 3D at 3,503 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada, opening in first place at the box office.

Despite laying claim to the top spot, Exodus isn't the monster you might expect from a Ten Commandments movie with a blockbuster pedigree, earning an estimated $24.5 million. 

That doesn't stack up too favorably against the $43.7 million debut of Noah earlier this year.  Gods and Kings has endured a critical shellacking that Noah didn't have to weather, as well.  Neither movie was aggressively marketed towards Christian audiences but instead sold more as blockbusters. 

The much-much cheaper Son of God, on the other hand, fired up the base back in February and opened to pretty much the same figure as Exodus: Gods and Kings despite being repackaged footage from a History Channel miniseries.

Mockingjay may have yielded the "Number One Movie in America" title, but the penultimate Hunger Games added another $13.2 million according to current estimates.  That brings its domestic total to $277.3 million, second only to Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.

This week's only new wide release other than Exodus is Top Five, which began its rollout in 979 theaters, from which is made an estimated $7.2 million in fourth place. 

Chris Rock's latest as writer, director, and star is being hailed as a breakthrough by critics and is generating enthusiastic word of mouth among moviegoers.  As such, Paramount is expanding Top Five's release over the weeks to come. Even as the multiplex grows crowded over the next week and a half, Rock's comedy-drama can really build an audience.

Inherent Vice, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation from Paul Thomas Anderson, opened in just five theaters, earning $330,000 from an outstanding per-theaters average of $66,000.  That up there with the likes of this year's Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but markedly lower from the averages of previous PTA joints The Master, There Will Be Blood, and Punch-Drunk Love.

Scope out the top ten movies at the box office for yourself:

1. Exodus: Gods & Kings............................................$24.5 million.............New Release

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1...............$13.2 million.............$277.3 million

3. Penguins of Madagascar.........................................$7.3 million...............$58.8 million

4. Top Five.....................................................................$7.2 million...............New Release

5. Big Hero 6..................................................................$6.1 million...............$185.3 million

6. Interstellar.................................................................$5.5 million...............$166.8 million

7. Horrible Bosses 2.....................................................$4.6 million...............$43.6 million

8. Dumb & Dumber To..................................................$2.7 million...............$82.1 million

9. The Theory of Everything........................................$2.5 million...............$17.1 million

10. Wild..........................................................................$1.5 million...............$2.4 million

Overall, this weekend's box office is down from the same frame last year and December has been pretty quiet so far.

The floodgates open over the next week and a half, though.  Between now and Christmas, a theater near you will be showing possible cash cows like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Annie, The Gambler, Into the Woods, Unbroken, and The Interview.

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