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

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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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Friday Box Office: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Soars Over New Thanksgiving Releases

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The 2014 Thanksgiving box office won’t set any new records, but the complete domination of Mockingjay – Part 1 will at least prove that there’s a lot of life left in The Hunger Games franchise.  After opening more than 20% below Catching Fire last weekend, the penultimate chapter in the saga of Katniss Everdeen had no trouble staying ahead of Thanksgiving’s new releases: The Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2.   Both opened on Wednesday, though the two films combined didn’t come close to Mockingjay – Part 1’s $49.7 million estimate for the first three days of the long holiday frame.  As expected, Katniss cleaned up on Black Friday with an estimated $24.1 million, or a drop of 56% from the film’s opening one week ago.

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Friday Box Office: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Claims Highest Debut of 2014 with $55 Million

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Those who have been paying attention to 2014’s box office coverage know that there have been two regular refrains over the past eleven months: “Wow, this year kind of blows,” followed by, “But wait until Mockingjay hits!”  In a year that offered more misses than hits, it seemed like a safe bet that the penultimate chapter of the wildly successful The Hunger Games series would provide at least one weekend of hyperbolic box office goodness.  Huge crowds on opening night, maybe even a record or two?  So color me confused to have to say that, after all that buildup, Mockingjay – Part 1 is not the box office savior many of us were expecting.  At least not yet.

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Box Office: DUMB AND DUMBER TO Takes Friday with $14.2 Million

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Twenty years after Dumb and Dumber introduced audiences to two guys named Harry and Lloyd – and the most annoying sound in the world – the long-awaited (?) sequel has finally hit theatres.  Dumb and Dumber To opened to an estimated $14.2 million on Friday, which puts the comedy on track for between $30 and $35 million through Sunday.  That’s in line with expectations for the Universal release, though the weekend is still too close to call in the comedy’s favor.  Both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar  saw strong holds on Friday, and the animated Disney pic is also tracking in the $30 million range for its sophomore frame.

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Friday Box Office: INTERSTELLAR Leads BIG HERO 6 at Start of Competitive Weekend

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2014’s holiday movie season has officially arrived, and with it two of the year’s most-anticipated titles.  Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan’s first release since The Dark Knight Rises, took first place on Friday with an estimated $17 million from 3,561 locations.  That gives the film, which bowed in 370 IMAX locations and 249 traditional theatres on Wednesday, a domestic total of $19.1 million.  For its first weekend, Interstellar should earn close to $55 million, which is on par with both studio projections and the 2013 debut of Gravity.  But while impressive, it probably won’t be enough to secure Interstellar the weekend win.  That honor will belong to Disney’s Big Hero 6.  Based on the Marvel comic series, the animated feature earned an estimated $15.8 million from 3,561 locations on Friday and should wind up with at least $60 million on its opening weekend.

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Friday Box Office: OUIJA Pulls Off Halloween Win Over NIGHTCRAWLER

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When Halloween falls on a Friday you can bet the box office will be pretty underwhelming.  With all major studios avoiding the date, Open Road Films’ Nightcrawler was expected to take first place by default.  The R-rated drama earned an estimated $3.2 million yesterday, including $515,000 from Thursday p.m. previews.  That puts it on track for about $13 million – and first place – this weekend, but it wasn’t enough to overcome horror-holdover Ouija on Halloween.  Last weekend’s number one film trailed Fury and John Wick all last week but returned to first place yesterday with an estimated $3.5 million from 2,899 locations.  That’s down 58% from its first Friday – an astonishingly good hold for most horror movies, let alone one that both critics and audiences have savaged.

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Friday Box Office: OUIJA Conjures Easy Win; JOHN WICK Strong in Second

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After four adult-skewing frames in a row, teen audiences will regain control of the box office with Ouija this weekend.  The PG-13 horror movie starring Hasbro’s venerable “board game,” earned $8.3 million from 2,858 locations on Friday despite receiving some of the worst reviews of the year.  Ouija is not going to break out like R-rated Annabelle did a few weeks back, but the Universal release should have no trouble summoning over $20 million on its first weekend in theatres.  John Wick took second place yesterday, earning an estimated $5.45 million from 2,589 locations.  The R-rated drama marks the return of Keanu Reeves to the action genre after a less than stellar run in 47 Ronin last year.  Originally expected to bring in under $12 million, good reviews and strong word of mouth should get John Wick closer to $15 million through Sunday.

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Friday Box Office: ANNABELLE Scares Up the Win on Opening Day but GONE GIRL Will Snatch the Weekend

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With this year’s sleepy September now behind it, the box office seems poised for an impressive October.  Two new wide releases came out stronger than projected, though it was the R-rated horror pic Annabelle that had the edge on Friday.  A prequel to 2013’s monster horror hit The Conjuring, Annabelle scored an estimated $15.5 million from 3,185 locations yesterday, including $2.1 million from late night previews.  That was good enough for first place on opening day, though it won’t secure Annabelle the win on October’s first weekend.  That honor will go to Gone Girl, the highly-anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel.  The R-rated drama earned an estimated $13.2 million from 3,014 locations yesterday and could climb as high as $38 million this weekend.

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Friday Box Office: THE EQUALIZER Heads For $35 Million Bow; THE BOXTROLLS in Third

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The Equalizer had no trouble claiming first place on Friday, opening to an estimated $12.6 million from 3,236 locations.  That puts the Sony/Columbia thriller on track for around $35 million this weekend: by far the best bow for an R-rated September release.  Based on the 1980’s TV series of the same name, The Equalizer looks like it will become the latest Denzel Washington vehicle to over-perform at the box office.  Since 2004, the actor has not had a single wide release open below $20 million – a record that even perennial box office favorites like Johnny Depp and Mark Wahlberg cannot match.  The Equalizer reunites Washington with Antoine Fuqua, his Training Day director.  Fuqua’s previous career high was the $30.3 million debut of 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen.

Friday’s top five after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE MAZE RUNNER Sprints Past A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES on Opening Day

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The Maze Runner, a big screen version of James Dashner’s 2007 novel,  will not be the latest YA adaptation to go down in box office flames.  Bucking the trend that saw page-to-screen conversions like Vampire Academy and The Giver open to disappointing numbers, The Maze Runner looks like it may actually exceed expectations.  The Fox release was originally projected to open to $27 million but, after earning a strong $11.2 million on Friday, the sci-fi thriller is now looking at an opening weekend of $35 million or above.  That’s not quite the level that Divergent hit back in March ($54.6 million) but it is well above the $27 million that Ender’s Game claimed last November.

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Friday Box Office: NO GOOD DEED Rewarded with First Place; DOLPHIN TALE 2 in Second

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After a deadly-slow start to September, the box office is showing signs of life this weekend.  To start, a new title will claim the top spot for the first time since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debuted five weeks ago.  Actually, three new releases are expected to have decent showings this weekend.  Honors go to thriller No Good Deed, which earned an estimated $8.8 million on its first day in theatres.  Through Sunday, the Sony/Screen Gems release could earn as much as $24 million, or well above its high-end projection of $20 million.  Dolphin Tale 2 took second place yesterday with an estimated $4.2 million.  With a Saturday bump from family audiences, the sequel should earn close to $16 million through Sunday.

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Friday Box Office: IF I STAY on Top with $6.8 Million; SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Tanks with Paltry $2.6 Million

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The Young Adult trend continues at the box office this weekend as the Chloe Grace Moretz-fronted adaptation If I Stay topped all contenders on Friday with a solid $6.8 million.  That’s a far cry from the $26 million that The Fault in Our Stars took in on opening day earlier this year, but still a respectable pull for the $11 million drama.  Reviews weren’t as ecstatic as that previous YA film, but fans of both Moretz and author Gayle Forman’s source material look to have turned out for the film, which is on track for a weekend total around $16.5 million.  That might not be enough for the number one spot though, as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has its eye on reclaiming the title with a Friday take of $4.8 million, looking to pull in somewhere between $17.5 million to $17.7 million.  On the flipside, the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely bombed with a mere $2.6 million on Friday, putting it on track for an opening weekend just under $7 million.

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Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Leads; EXPENDABLES 3 Bleeds

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It looks like it’s going to be a tough weekend for new titles at the box office.  All three major releases came in lower than projected on Friday, which allowed holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy to hold on to their first and second place rankings.  The Expendables 3, the most notable newbie, earned an estimated $6.9 million on its first day in theatres.  That suggests an opening weekend of about $16 million, or less than half what the first Expendables earned from its debut back in August 2010.  Fox’s Let’s Be Cops came in fourth on Friday with $5.6 million.  The R-rated comedy opened early, on Wednesday, with $5.2 million and should end its first weekend with just under $15 million.  The Giver earned an estimated $4.7 million from 3,003 locations yesterday.  The adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver should bring in $13 million in its first three days.  That tops recent young adult adaptations including Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, but that’s not saying much.

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Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Surprises with $25.6 Million Opening

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After crushing the August opening record with its $94.3 million debut last weekend, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy is now in line to get crushed by the return of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Paramount’s live-action reboot of the venerable pop-culture franchise took in an estimated $25.6 million on Friday, including $4.6 million from its Thursday p.m. previews.  That suggests a first weekend gross of over $60 million – well above the $42 million that Paramount was expecting.  TMNT‘s big opening will send Guardians into second place in its sophomore frame.  It’s a scenario that was always possible but somehow didn’t seem plausible until this morning.

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Friday Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Set to Smash August Record

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Star Lord be praised!  After the worst July in more than a decade, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is breathing life back into this summer’s box office.  The film got off to a huge start on Thursday night, taking in $11.2 million from early previews.  That beats the $10.2 million that Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned from its Thursday screenings (also starting at 7 p.m.) back in April.  Captain America 2 went on to claim $36.9 million on Friday and an opening weekend of $95 million.  Based on Friday’s estimate, Guardians of the Galaxy could be headed even higher.  Disney is reporting that Guardians earned $37.8 million from 4,080 locations on its opening day.  That’s the third-highest single day of 2014 (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and Godzilla) and it suggests an opening weekend of around $95 million.  Hit the jump for details and Friday’s top five.

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