Weekend Box Office: EXODUS Tops MOCKINGJAY with Soft $24.5 Million

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Ridley Scott’s $140 million budgeted Exodus: Gods and Kings easily topped the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, which is well-below the $43.7 million earned fellow biblical epic Noah this past March on its opening weekend. A little surprising actually, I wasn’t expecting Mockingjay to get knocked off until The Hobbit came out.

The movie earned a B- CinemaScore and I agree with Brad Brevet over at Rope of Silicon–The Old Testament tale starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton is pretty much dead in the water domestically (especially with Hobbit around the corner), but overseas they can still do blockbuster business.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which had held No. 1 for the past three weeks, came in a distant second with a solid $13.2 million and is now the second highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 with $277.4 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy ($332.3 million).

Chris Rock‘s directorial debut Top Five opened strongly and took in an estimated $7.2 million from only 979 locations to take the fourth-place spot right behind Fox’s animated Penguins of Madagascar ($7.3 million). Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 ($6,1 million) rounded out the top five at the U.S. weekend box office.

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In limited release, Wild ($1.6 million from 116 theaters) and The Imitation Game ($875,000 from 25 theaters) weren’t abke to match the theater average of the 1970′s detective farce Inherent Vice. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest, took in $330,000 from five theaters, an average of $66,000.

Next week sees the release of the third and final Hobbit film,The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (opening Tuesday night), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie. The Peter Jackson epic already earned stellar $117.6 million in five days of overseas play, surpassing the first weekends of the previous two Hobbit films.

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Source: Rentrak