“Exodus: Gods and Kings” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, but it still easily won the weekend.
Playing at 3,503 locations, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opened to an estimated $24.5 million this weekend. That’s Obviously not a good debut for a film that reportedly cost $140 million to produce. The movie’s audience was 54 percent male and 65 percent over the age of 25. 3D screens accounted for 44 percent of the gross, which is above-average for the format.
The film hasn’t been helped by all the horrible reviews its been getting. As of Monday morning, the movie is hovering around 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Word-of-mouth has been mixed, so it’s not surprising the movie earned a poor “B-” CinemaScore.
And the bad news will keep on coming this week when “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” hits theatres on Wednesday. If “Exodus: Gods and Kings”hopes to make a profit, it will have to do extremely well extremely well overseas.
In second place, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” eased 40 percent to an estimated $13.2 million. To date, Mockingjay has earned $277.4 million domestically and $334 million overseas.
Meanwhile in third place, “Penguins of Madagascar” added $7.3 million, which was off 33 percent from last weekend. Penguins has now grossed $58.8 million domestically, which has to be a big dissapointment for Fox.
And finally, Playing at 979 theaters, Chris Rock’s “Top Five” opened to an estimated $7.2 million this weekend. That’s a very solid debut, and a step up from Rock’s last movie last directorial outing, “I Think I Love My Wife,” which opened to $5.7 million at nearly twice as many theaters.
Your top five ugly Christmas sweaters this weekend:
1. Exodus: Gods and Kings – $24.5 million
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $13.2 million
3. Penguins of Madagascar – $7.3 million
4. Top Five – $7.2 million
5. Big Hero 6 – $6.1 million