After three weeks at number one, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 finally had to give up its top box office spot to the less teen-friendly, more controversial Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The Ridley Scott epic brought in $24.5 million over the weekend for a strong opening — but the Moses-based movie still has a while to go before it breaks even with its $140 million budget.
Chris Rock’s Top Five was the only other film with a wide release this weekend. But its numbers didn’t even come close to Exodus‘s, partly because it opened in 979 theaters compared to Exodus‘ 3,503. The comedy grossed $7.2 million.
Mockingjay—which, with a domestic box office total of $277.4 million, is now the second highest grossing film this year behind Guardians of the Galaxy—continues to impress, as its gross dropped only 40 percent between last weekend and this one. The other films making up the top five fared just as well: Penguins of Madagascar had just a 33 percent decrease in sales, while Big Hero 6 only dropped by 23 percent. Not only was this a good weekend for family-friendly films, but for films in general.
4. Top Five – $7.2 million
But even with these relatively good numbers, this weekend’s box office won’t be able to compare to next weekend’s when the third—and final—Hobbit film opens, along with the live-action Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Each of those films will be opening in more than 3,000 theaters, and thus will kick off the next two weeks of huge wide releases that will also include The Interview and Disney’s Into the Woods just before Christmas.
Outside the top five, the Oscar-ready smaller releases continue to do well: Wild, now in 116 theaters and in its second week, brought in $1.6 million, while The Theory of Everything, now in 1,220 locations, made $2.5 million in its sixth week. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice opened this weekend in just five locations and grossed $330,000—foreshadowing a strong box office run once it expands.