‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ debuted this weekend, taking the top spot from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ which held the top spot for three consecutive weekends. Other more modest releases were the true stars of this weekend.
‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ raked in an estimated $24.5 million in its debut weekend. Compared to similar titles, ‘Exodus’ made $20 million less than ‘Noah’ did when it was first released earlier this year. It should be taken into account though that December releases usually make less in the debut weekends but hold better than those released earlier in the year. Even though its debut was lackluster, expect international markets to pick up the slack.
Falling to second place, ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ made $13.2 million, easing 40%. The film is currently following a similar trend at the box office that its predecessor ‘Catching Fire’ did which means that ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ still has a good chance of taking the title of highest grossing movie in the U.S. from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
‘Penguins of Madagascar’ came in at third with an estimated $7.3 million.
The Chris Rock comedy ‘Top Five’ debuted at number five with a good $7.2 million. Currently the film’s studio, Paramount is expected to expand the number of theaters it is currently playing in over the upcoming weeks.
In fifth place, ‘Big Hero 6’ earned $6.15 million, bringing its total to more than $185 million.
The top 12 made an estimated $77.7 million which is one of the slowest weekends of the year.