It was a mighty soft weekend at the box office in the U.S. as the lead up to Christmas kicked in which puts this performance in the bottom 3 of the year. Exodus Gods & Kings (3,503 screens) took out the top spot but the result of $24.5m is a disappointment considering the faith element and tentpole nature of the film. It’s been weak across the globe, the reviews didn’t help and maybe the positioning of this at Christmas was the wrong place to go. A $6,994 screen average is pretty modest for the biblical epic and, although business will jump up as of this week across the board, Exodus is about to get its ass kicked by The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies which opens on Wednesday. $60m top end finish off a $140m budget.
Inherent Vice (5 screens) is the real big winner of the weekend as it took $330,000 off 5 screens to generate a $66,000 screen average. Bang! Paul Thomas Anderson’s 70’s stoner detective story opened and showed the mettle of his fan base and this opening is in line with his 2002 release Punch Drunk Love. Adding in expansions and longevity of play, Inherent Vice looks to be in the vicinity of $20m -$25m domestically for the auteur.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One (3,731 screens) tallies up another $13.2m to bring the domestic gross to $277.4m. It still needs to make another $44m to beat out Guardians Of The Galaxy ($322m) for the biggest release of 2014 in the States though a $310m is most likely (and incredibly impressive) for Hunger to finish on.
Penguins Of Madagascar (3,667 screens) is still feeling the pre-Christmas chill but as schools break up this week it’ll kick up again. Currently sitting on $58.9m domestically.
Chris Rock’s Top Five (979 screens) opened solidly with $7.21m on a $7,365 screen average. It’s a better performance than his last directorial outing, I Think I love My Wife, which opened to $5.7m and this one has also generated very strong reviews.
Big Hero 6 (2,943 screens) passes $185m domestically.
Interstellar (2,692 screens) passes $167m domestically.
Dumb & Dumber To (2,842 screens) cracks $82m domestically. (We had a $90m finish for this and it is looking dead on)
In Cinemas Friday December 19, 2014 – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (17/12), Annie, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Mr Turner
Figures From Box Office Mojo
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Fox||$24,500,000||–||3,503||–||$6,994||$24,500,000||$140||1|
|2||1||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||LGF||$13,200,000||-40.1%||3,731||-323||$3,538||$277,398,000||$125||4|
|3||2||Penguins of Madagascar||Fox||$7,300,000||-33.1%||3,667||-108||$1,991||$58,839,000||$132||3|
|5||4||Big Hero 6||BV||$6,145,000||-23.6%||2,943||-225||$2,088||$185,325,000||$165||6|
|7||3||Horrible Bosses 2||WB||$4,630,000||-45.0%||3,202||-198||$1,446||$43,601,000||$42||3|
|8||6||Dumb and Dumber To||Uni.||$2,757,000||-35.6%||2,842||-246||$970||$82,117,000||$40||5|
|9||7||The Theory of Everything||Focus||$2,525,000||-4.6%||1,220||+394||$2,070||$17,148,000||$15||6|