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.
|2.||Mockingjay – Part 1||$3,790,000||$267.9|
|4.||Penguins of Madagascar||$1,570,000||$53.1|