It was another slow weekend at the box office, but at least we have a new number one film.
In at number 1 is Exodus: Gods and Kings (read our review) with $24.5 million. The biblical epic opened with a little less than analysts predicted, which is a bad start to what is a pretty controversial film to begin with. Exodus fared a little better overseas, though, where it made $49 million, but it didn’t exactly break the bank.
Ultimately, Exodus: Gods and Kings‘ legacy will be decided by its staying power. If the film can hold well through the month of December it should come out okay, but if it doesn’t, then count this as a box office failure.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 comes in at number 2 with $13.3 million. It may no longer be the number one film, but Mockingjay – Part 1 has done plenty of box office damage along the way. So far the film has grossed $277 million domestic and $611 million worldwide. The film has also climbed up to number 2 on the 2014 top grossers (domestic) list.
Coming in at number 3 is Penguins of Madagascar with $7.3 million. Although Penguins is doing decent business with $58 million so far, it’s still very much on the low end for an animated feature.
Chris Rock’s new movie Top Five (read our review) debuts at number 4 with $7.2 million. The film opened in under 1,000 screens this weekend and performed admirably all things considered. Top Five also marks a better opening weekend for Rock as a director, topping I Think I Love My Wife‘s $5.7 million back in 2007. The studio is hoping to expand Top Five as the weeks roll on, so the film could hang around for a while. That being said, it faces some stiff competition.
Rounding out the top 5 is Big Hero 6 with $6.1 million. Now at $185 million domestic, Big Hero 6 is poised to pass Wreck It Ralph within the month and could finish as the second highest grossing Disney Animation film ever. There’s no catching Frozen, though.
In at number 6 is Interstellar with $5.5 million. Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster is now up to $166 million domestic and a very good $621 million worldwide.
Horrible Bosses 2 falls to number 7 with $4.6 million. The comedy sequel is still well below its predecessor, but with $43 million domestic and $75 million worldwide, Horrible Bosses 2 has nearly doubled its production budget.
Coming in at number 8 is Dumb and Dumber To with $2.7 million. It’s obviously hard for a sequel to duplicate its predecessor’s success after so much time has passed, but Dumb and Dumber To has still done well with $82 million domestic.
The number 9 film is The Theory of Everything with $2.5 million. The Theory of Everything was one of several films to get some Golden Globe love this week, which will surely help its box office stock. So far, the film has grossed $17 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is Wild with $1.5 million. The Reese Witherspoon-led true story saw an increase in theaters this weekend and made a move into the top 10 as a result. Wild has made $2 million so far, but should keep growing as buzz for the Golden Globe nominated film grows.
Outside the top 10: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (read our review) opened to $330,000 on 5 screens. Another Golden Globe nominee, Inherent Vice is sure to make heaps more money as it expands into more markets.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies made its international debut and pulled in $117.6 million in 37 markets. That’s slightly better than the past two Hobbit films, which each made over $700 million abroad. Battle of the Five Armies opens on Wednesday in North America and looks poised to make tons of money.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 15th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]