It’s looking like the Old Testament-centric Exodus: Gods and Kings was a dud this weekend at the box office. It still easily slid into first place, but given the large scale epic production the film encompassed, it failed in biblical proportions.
All together it was one of the slowest weekends of the year, although Top Five, the heavily praised Chris Rock film, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice got off to promising starts. Still, it’s looking like this December will be one of the least-grossing in recent history.
Exodus took in almost $20 million less than this year’s Noah (ouch), despite playing at over 3,500 theaters nationwide. It took in about as much as other terrible late year releases like Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which, well, was not a very memorable one. Combined with poor reviews and and bad word of mouth, the future looks grim for the film.
Meanwhile, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continued to kick butt, which is particularly notable, considering this is its fourth weekend in the box office. It might just end up as the highest grossing film this year.
Chris Rock’s Top Five opened to a respectable amount, playing at under 1,000 theaters, which definitely suggests that Paramount might indeed expand the film to more theaters.
Inherent Vice, the Paul Thomas Anderson film that only opened to a handful of theaters this weekend (with only one in SF), had a fantastic weekend, bringing in an average of about $66,000 per theater. That’s one of the best averages for any film this year, putting it behind The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, and recent releases The Imitation Game and Birdman. The film will release nationally January 9.
Full Box Office (via Box Office Mojo):
1. Exodus: Gods and Kings $24,500,000
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $13,200,000
3. Penguins of Madagascar $7,300,000
4. Top Five $7,210,000
5. Big Hero 6 $6,145,000
6. Interstellar $5,500,000
7. Horrible Bosses 2 $4,630,000
8. Dumb and Dumber To $2,757,000
9. The Theory of Everything $2,525,000
10. Wild (2014) $1,550,000