Friday Box Office: EXODUS Unseats MOCKINGJAY PART 1 with $8.6 Million

     December 13, 2014

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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.

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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 is expected to earn close to $8 million.  As with Exodus, that number is right in line with initial studio expectations.  Unlike Exodus, with its excellent reviews (89% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 39% for Friday’s number one film) Top Five should be in line for a profitable long-term holiday run.

Check back tomorrow for full box office details.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Exodus $8,625,000 $8.6
2.  Mockingjay – Part 1 $3,790,000 $267.9
3.  Top Five $2,500,000 $2.5
4.  Penguins of Madagascar $1,570,000 $53.1
5.  Interstellar $1,490,000 $162.7

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