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Exodus Fails to Get the Holiday Fire Burning

By John Hamann

December 14, 2014

His time spent in makeup was probably a daily nightmare.

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Fifth is Big Hero 6. Like Penguins of Madagascar, Big Hero 6 is also playing young, with a big multiplier after a seventh place finish on Friday night. Big Hero 6 also held well this weekend, earning $6.1 million and dropping a slim 24%. Now in its sixth weekend, the $165 million Disney product pushed its domestic total up to $185.3 million. It continues its slow rollout overseas, with its foreign take now up to almost $70 million.

That slides Interstellar into the #6 slot, and it also holds decently this weekend (the holdovers are thankful for the Exodus miss). Also in its sixth weekend, Interstellar earned $5.5 million and fell 29%. Interstellar brought its domestic total up to $166.8 million, but this one is a hit overseas, pulling in over $430 million so far. Made for $165 million, the Chris Nolan flick will be profitable at the theatrical level, as it needed a half-billion worldwide and has $600 million and counting.

Seventh is Horrible Bosses 2, which didn’t avoid the slump this weekend. The comedy sequel earned $4.6 million and declined 45% compared to last weekend. With its $42 million budget, Bosses 2 needs $125 million worldwide to see a profit, and currently has a domestic cume of $43.6 million and about $25 million from overseas theaters.

Dumb and Dumber To can’t stop the slide, either, as it earned $2.8 million in its fifth weekend. It was off 36% compared to last weekend, but has taken in $82.1 million domestically against its $40 million budget. It has also found another $45 million overseas for Universal and Red Granite.




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Focus Features’ The Theory of Everything expanded to 1,220 venues this weekend, and the move paid off. Last weekend, the awards fave earned $2.6 million. This weekend, Theory earned $2.5 million. The $15 million film has now earned $17.1 million and is just getting started overseas.

Wild, with Reese Witherspoon, also expands from 21 venues to 116 this weekend. Wild earned $1.6 million, and increased over last weekend’s score by 155%. The Fox Searchlight film is still just getting started, but already has a domestic cume of $2.4 million.

Birdman, despite dropping a handful of screens, has a good hold this weekend thanks to its seven Golden Globe nominations. Birdman earned another $1.3 million and increased 15% compared to last weekend. The $18 million release now has a running total of $20.8 million.

In limited release, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice with Joaquin Phoenix opened on four screens this weekend. Despite some subdued critical responses, Inherent Vice still opened strongly, pulling in $330,000 for a venue average of $66,000.

Overall this weekend, things are just generally bad. The top 12 films earned a woeful $77.7 million, down sharply from the $140.6 million earned last year over the same weekend. For comparison's sake, this same frame in 2013 hosted the second Hobbit movie, which debuted to $73.6 million. Next weekend, The Battle of the Five Armies will be upon us, but it opens Wednesday, which means the weekend proper might be muted. Also opening are Night at the Museum 3 and Annie, the remake that has already been leaked by North Korea and/or the Sony hackers.


Top Weekend Box Office for 12/12/14-12/14/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Exodus: Gods And Kings Fox $24,500,000 New $24,500,000
2 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 Lionsgate $13,200,000 - 40% $277,398,249
3 Penguins of Madagascar Fox $7,300,000 - 33% $58,838,700
4 Top Five Paramount $7,210,000 New $7,210,000
5 Big Hero 6 Disney $6,145,000 - 24% $185,325,000
6 Interstellar Paramount $5,500,000 - 29% $166,800,000
7 Horrible Bosses 2 WARNER BROS. $4,630,000 - 45% $43,601,000
8 Dumb And Dumber To Universal $2,756,740 - 36% $82,117,350
9 The Theory of Everything Focus Features $2,525,000 - 5% $17,148,000
10 Wild FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,550,000 + 155% $2,423,200
11 Birdman FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,325,000 + 15% $20,794,200
12 Gone Girl Fox $1,050,000 - 29% $164,426,600
  Also Opening/Notables
  Inherent Vice WARNER BROS. $330,000 New $330,000
  Magician Cohen Media $7,222 New $7,222
  The Pyramid Fox $600,000 - 56% $2,398,000
  The Imitation Game Weinstein Co. $875,136 + 125% $2,000,000
  Foxcatcher Sony Classics $401,928 - 30% $3,367,639
  Nightcrawler Open Road Films $602,196 - 44% $31,092,418
  St. Vincent $712,000 - 33% $41,895,000
  Whiplash Sony Classics $263,708 - 25% $4,775,219
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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