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As expected, "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" remained at no. 1 at the box office Friday, but it was a much closer clash for second place than expected. Peter Jackson's third and final installment of "The Hobbit" earned $16.5 million for $50.9 million in just 3 days. The Warner Bros. and MGM production should hit $80 million by Sunday and continue to dominate the holiday frame. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" came in second with $5.6 million. Comparatively, the first "Night of the Museum" earned $12.1 million against significantly less potent competition in December, 2006. The second chapter, "Battle of the Smithsonian," took $15.5 million in May, 2009. Clearly, the 20th Century Fox release has its work cut out for it over the next few weeks if it is going to come anywhere close to those films blockbuster grosses. Sony Pictures' "Annie" barely took third place with $5.3 million. The Will Gluck directed modern day »
- Gregory Ellwood
This week on The Collision, we discuss Exodus: Gods and Kings. We talk about the film's lack of personality, how it deals with the story's religious aspects, the priorities and filmography of director Ridley Scott, our feelings about his work going forward, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @PNemiroff. Adam's Recommendation: Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) Matt's Recommendation: American Gangster
- Matt Goldberg
While it’s not quite Kingdom of Heaven bad for director Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings had an underwhelming debut on top of the domestic box office. Exodus: Gods and Kings took in $24.1 million over the weekend, enough to push The Hunger Games off the number 1 spot. The thing is Exodus cost $140 […]
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2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Director Ridley Scott may be pleased about his Exodus: Gods and Kings is in first place at the box office with an estimated $24.5 million; however, it is an extremely weak start to the $140 million epic (even with overseas box office), and with a critical slamming it cannot compete with the likes of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Even at only an estimated $13.2 million in its fourth week, it has managed to become the second highest earning domestic film of the year, second only to Guardians of the Galaxy, and there is reason to believe even that status could be in trouble if Mockingjay – Part 1 continues to press on at the same rate. In the meantime, Penguins of Madagascar, with an estimated $7.3 million, falls well short domestically but continues to do well overseas, doing nearly double the business across the world than it is doing at home…enough to draw a profit on its production costs, »
- Seth Paul
It took the actions of a bearded man who controls many people with just one word – Ridley Scott, that is – to unseat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 from the top spot at the Us box office as Exodus: Gods And Kings swept into the charts across the pond, according to studio estimates.Despite mixed reviews and a casting controversy, Scott’s latest came out of the gate strong (although not as powerfully as 20th Century Fox would have liked) with $24.5 million in the States and more than $74 million worldwide to date, as the new cinematic take on the Moses story opened in several international territories alongside its Stateside arrival. It hasn't shown the same opening power as fellow Biblical tale Noah, which arrived to $43.7 million earlier in the year, and it will have to prove it has similar legs.Katniss and co. fell to second place, adding $13.2 million for a »
Ridley Scott's racially tone-deaf Exodus didn't fare so well at the box office, bringing in just $24.5 million despite opening in wide release at more than 3,500 locations. Meanwhile, Chris Rock's much-anticipated (at least around these parts) Top Five opened with $7.2 million in 979 theaters. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 dropped down to second place with $13.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $277.4 million. The family-friendly films Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 held strong, with $7.3 and $6.1 million to come in third and fifth, respectively.Opening in just five theaters, Inherent Vice brought in $330,000 for a per-screen average of $66,000. Wild expanded its theater count slightly for its second week and continued to do well with $1.6 million for a PSA of $13,362. The Cumberbitches also continue to turn out for The Imitation Game, which had the highest PSA again with $35,000 in its »
- E. Alex Jung
It was another quiet pre-Christmas weekend at the North American box office, as audiences wait to return to Middle Earth this Wednesday. Leading the charge was Exodus: Gods and Kings, the pricey 3D swords-and-sandals adventure from director Ridley Scott. It earned an estimated $24.5 million over its first three days. The film was the second major title this year to tackle a popular Old Testament story, although it debuted far below Noah‘s $43.7 million opening in late March.
Normally, a film with that opening and a $140 million budget would be labeled a box office disappointment. However, with Christmas holidays coming up, it is likely that the movie displays much better legs than Noah did back in the spring. (That film crawled to the $100 million mark due to mixed word-of-mouth.) However, Exodus: Gods and Kings has received similarly lukewarm responses from audiences, who gave it a B- CinemaScore.
Among CGI-infested epics that »
- Jordan Adler
Exodus: Gods and Kings has topped the Us box office.
Mockingjay is down to two with $13.2, while animated spin-off Penguins of Madagascar is at three with $7.3.
Interstellar is at six, while comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 is at seven.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for December 14 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows:
1. (-) Exodus: Gods and Kings - $24,500,000
2. (1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - $13,200,000
3. (2) Penguins of Madagascar - $7,300,000
4. (-) Top Five - $7,210,000
5. (4) Big Hero 6 - $6,145,000
6. (5) Interstellar - $5,500,000
7. (3) Horrible Bosses 2 - $4,630,000
8. (6) Dumb and Dumber To - »
Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" knocked "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1" from the top of the box office this weekend, but it did it in unspectacular fashion. The reported $140 million epic pulled in $24.5 million, significantly lower than pre-release polling was predicting just a few weeks ago. The movie will likely have to turn a profit overseas as it earned only a B- Cinemascore rating from polled moviegoers (quite bad actually) and will face the onslaught of the last "Hobbit" movie beginning on Wednesday. Dropping to no. 2 for the first time since November was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1." The Lionsgate blockbuster earned another $13.2 million for $277.3 million domestically. Globally, the second to last installment of the series has now grossed $611.3 million. Overall, its substantially lower than "Catching Fire's" returns last year, but still enough to rank as the no. 2 film of the year so far behind "Guardians of the Galaxy. »
- Gregory Ellwood
As expected, Exodus: Gods and Kings easily claimed first place this weekend. The biblical epic earned an estimated $24.5 million from 3,503 locations – on track with studio expectations for the Ridley Scott feature. Exodus also sent Mockingjay- Part 1 into second place for the first time in its three-week run. You shouldn’t feel too bad for Katniss, though. Not only has the penultimate chapter in The Hunger Games franchise earned over $610 million worldwide in just 24 days, it also now ranks as the second highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 - behind only Guardians of the Galaxy. Title Weekend Total 1. Exodus: Gods & Kings $24,500,000 $24.5 2. Mockingjay – Part 1 $13,200,000 $277.8 3. Penguins of Madagascar $7,300,000 $58.8 4. Top Five $7,210,000 $7.2 5. Big Hero 6 $6,145,000 $185.3 6. Interstellar $5,500,000 $166.8 7. Horrible Bosses 2 $4,630,000 $43.6 8. Dumb and Dumber To $2,757,000 $82.1 9. The Theory of Everything $2,525,000 $17.1 10. Wild $1,500,000 $2.43 Full story after the jump. Last weekend marked one of the lowest-grossing frames of an already lackluster year. That’s not unusual for the post-Thanksgiving frame, of course; what »
- Nicole Pedersen
After three weeks at number one, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 finally had to give up its top box office spot to the less teen-friendly, more controversial Exodus: Gods and Kings. The Ridley Scott epic brought in $24.5 million over the weekend for a strong opening -- but the Moses-based movie still has a while to go before it breaks even with its $140 million budget. Chris Rock's Top Five was the only other film with a wide release this weekend. But its numbers didn't even come close to Exodus's, partly because it opened in 979 theaters compared to Exodus' 3,503. The comedy grossed $7.2 million. »
- Ariana Bacle
Los Angeles (AP) - Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" ruled the box office its opening weekend with a chart-topping $24.5 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Sunday estimates.
With a reported $140 million production budget, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" met expectations in its debut weekend, but it failed to live up to the precedent set by some recent biblically-themed films, including "Noah" which opened to $43.7 million in March.
Also new in theaters, "Top Five," from writer-director and star Chris Rock, opened strongly. The Paramount-distributed comedy took in an estimated $7.2 million from only 979 locations to take the fourth-place spot. »
- The Associated Press
Ridley Scott’s Biblical feature film, Exodus: Gods and Kings has found its way to the top of this Friday’s Us Box Office, despite recent controversy surrounding the film’s cast and stiff competition from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The movie took in a respectable $8.6 million on Friday and is estimated to total $25 million by the end of its opening weekend.
However it seems Christian Bale and Ridley Scott may struggle next weekend as the Us gears up for the full release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Even if Exodus hits its $25 million estimate it will still be leagues behind the whopping $73.6 million set by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this time last year.
Friday Box Office Totals
1. Exodus: Gods and Kings – $8,625,000
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $3,790,000 ($267.9 million total)
3. Top Five $2,500,000
4. Penguins of Madagascar $1,570,000 ($53.1 million total)
5. Interstellar $1,490,000 ($162.7 million total)Be sure to check »
- Alfie Nobes
After three consecutive frames on top of the domestic box office, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will make room for a new number one feature this weekend. Exodus: Gods and Kings took in an estimated $8.6 million from 3,053 locations on Friday and will rule the first weekend of the 2014 holiday season with a projected $25 million. That’s right in line with expectations for director Ridley Scott’s biblical epic, which has already earned more than $32 million from its initial overseas engagements. Full story after the jump. Also new this weekend is Top Five, a comedy written, directed and starring Chris Rock. Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, Top Five was the focus of a fierce bidding war ultimately won by Paramount Pictures. The R-rated comedy began its domestic rollout out yesterday, bringing in an estimated $2.5 million from a modest 979 locations. For the three-day frame, Top Five »
- Nicole Pedersen
Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings easily took first place on another quiet Friday at the box office.Playing at 3,503 locations, Exodus opened to an estimated $8.6 million yesterday. That's significantly lower than Noah's $15.2 million debut, though the gap is due in part to the December release (when there's less of a rush on opening weekend). The opening is at least on par with past December releases The Golden Compass ($8.7 million) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ($8.3 million). For the weekend, Exodus is poised to earn between $23 and $25 million.After leading the box office for the past three weeks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 dropped to second place on Friday. The movie eased 43 percent*another strong hold*to $3.79 million, which brings its total to $269 million. Look for it to earn at least $12 million over the three-day frame.Opening at 979 theaters, Chris Rock's Top Five »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The final Bible-based film in a year full of faith-inspired stories, Exodus: Gods and Kings, earned an estimated $8.6 million Friday as it marches toward the No. 1 domestic spot for the weekend. Directed by Ridley Scott, Exodus is on track to earn around $25 million in its debut, which would allow it to take the top spot from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, now in its fourth week. The 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment film, an epic based on the story of Moses (Christian Bale), earned a B- Cinemascore. While Exodus will not open
- Rebecca Ford
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is ruler of the box office despite its less-than-inspirational ticket sales.
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic launched to $8.6 million on Friday at the U.S. box office as it marches toward an estimated $25 million weekend debut. The Fox action-drama, starring Christian Bale as Moses, has taken over the No. 1 spot from reigning champ “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.”
The movie is far behind the film that topped the box office this time last year; “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opened to $73.6 million in 2013. The final film of the trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” hits U.S. theaters next Friday.
It also trails fellow biblical epic “Noah,” which kicked off with $43.7 million earlier this year.
Like “Noah,” “Exodus” has been shrouded in controversy. The pic has been attacked by critics and fans for its all-white cast. 21st Century Fox CEO and media mogul Rupert Murdoch »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" has not fared well with critics, but the spectacle plus the star power of Christian Bale resulted in a solid opening day. The reported $140 million epic pulled in $8.6 million for what could be a $24-25 million weekend. The movie will likely have to turn a profit overseas as it earned only a B- Cinemascore rating from polled moviegoers (quite bad actually) and will face the onslaught of the last "Hobbit" movie beginning on Wednesday. Dropping to no. 2 for the first time since November was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1." The Lionsgate blockbuster earned another $3.7 million for $267.9 million domestically. Globally the second to last installment of the series has grossed $570.7 million. Overall, its substantially lower than "Catching Fire's" returns last year. Chris Rock's critically acclaimed comedy "Top Five" debuted at no. 3 in just 979 theaters with $2.5 million. It should earn a little over $7 million over the three-day. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Christmas movie season kicks off this weekend with Exodus: Gods and Kings, which will easily take first place away from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.Meanwhile, Chris Rock's Top Five opens at 979 theaters and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice debuts at five locations in New York and Los Angeles.Playing at 3,503 theaters this weekend, Exodus: Gods and Kings is director Ridley Scott's big-budget retelling of the story of Exodus, which plays a significant role in most major religions (Moses is a prophet in Christianity, Judaism and Islam). The story has also been previously told on the big screen a handful of times: the most notable version is Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, which was initially released in 1956 and starred Charleton Heston and Yul Brenner.Scott's version features Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses; Bale has built up a solid following over the past decade, »
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