Fox Dominates Soft Frame With ‘Exodus’; ‘Interstellar’ Crosses $100M In IMAX – Box Office Actuals

Monday update, 3:20PM: 20th Century Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings came in just a tad below its weekend estimate yesterday morning with $24.1M today, but then most of the films in the top 10 were off slightly from Sunday, including Paramount’s Top Five which came in $300K less than its projection with $6.9M (Universal’s Dumb and Dumber To posted a tinge higher than its FSS forecast yesterday with $2.8M). Rentrak sees the week at $83.4M, off 43.5% from the same frame a year ago.  Bulked by Exodus as well as its powerful limited play of its Searchlight titles, 20th Century Fox controlled 43% of the weekend’s box office or $36.1M — the most of any studio.  Lionsgate followed in second in terms of the weekend’s B.O. share with Mockingjay and John Wick together minting $12.85M or 15.4%, while Paramount slotted third with $12.3M between Top Five and Interstellar a 14.8% share.

One highlight: Paramount and Warner Bros. International reported that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar has crossed $100M at IMAX around the world since its release on Nov. 5. Worldwide B.O. for the film stands at $621.75M and IMAX reps close to 20% of that.  Through the weekend of Dec. 19, Interstellar will continue to play in 12 markets including D.C., Tampa, San Jose, Seattle and Philadelphia.

With 16 days left in 2014, and seven more new wide releases scheduled (as well as various limited releases), the annual domestic box office of $9.66B is trailing 2013 at this point in time by $520M or -5.1%.

Top 20 Films for the weekend of Dec. 12-14 per Rentrak Theatrical:

1. Exodus: Gods And Kings (Fox), $24.M, 3,503 theaters, $6,884 average, $24.1M, Wk 1.
2. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (LG) $12.7M (-42%), 3,731 theaters, $3,400 average, $276.9M, Wk 4.
3. Penguins Of Madagascar, (Fox/D’Works Animation), $7.2M (-34%), 3,667 theaters, $1,965 average, $58.7M, Wk 3
4. Top Five, (Par) $6.89M, 979 theaters, $7,043 average, $6.89M, Wk 1
5. Big Hero 6 (Dis), $6.06M (-25%), 2,943 theaters, $2,058 average, $185.2M, Wk 6
6. Interstellar (Par) $5.45M (-30%), 2,692 theaters, $2,026 average, $166.8, Wk 6
7. Horrible Bosses 2 (WB) Warner Bros., $4.6M (-45%), 3,202 theaters, $1,440 average, $43.6M, Wk 3
8. Dumb And Dumber To, (Uni), $2.8M (-35%), 2,842 theaters, $980 average, $82.1M, Wk 5
9. The Theory Of Everything, (Foc), $2.47M (-7%), 1,220 theaters, $2,022 average, $17.1M, Wk 6
10. Wild, (SEA), $1.5M (+152%), 116 theaters, $13,198 average, $2.4M, Wk 2
11. Birdman, (SEA), $1.3M (+14%), 606 theaters, $2,161 average, $20.8M, Wk 9
12. Gone Girl, (Fox), $1.03M (-30%), 963 theaters, $1,072 average, $164.4M Wk 11
13. The Imitation Game (TWC), $850K (+118%), 25 theaters, $34,010 average, $1,974,647, Wk 3
14. St. Vincent (TWC) $694K (-35%) 1,012 theaters, $686 average, $41,877,049, Wk 10
15. Fury, (Sony), $600K (-34%), 726 theaters, $827 average, $84.3M, Wk 9
16. Nightcrawler, (OR), $597K (-44%), 798 theaters, $748 average, $31.1M, Wk 7
17. The Pyramid (Fox), $586K (-57%), 685 theaters, $855 average, $2.4M, Wk 2
18. The Homesman (RA), $381K (-21%), 222 theaters, $1,718 average, $1.64M, Wk 5
19. Foxcatcher (SPC), $363K (-30%), 79 theaters, $4,596 average, $3.33M, Wk 5
20. Inherent Vice, (WB), $328K, 5 theaters, $65,637 average, $328K, Wk 1.

Second Sunday update, 10:30am: Fox  is reporting that Exodus: Gods and Kings made an estimated $24.5M this weekend while industry estimates are pegging it slightly lower with $24.3M when actuals are reported tom’w. Overseas stands at $50M and with the U.S./Canada bow brings the global estimates for the $140M production to $75M.  This is exactly where Fox saw itself before the Exodus Prays for Bigger B.O. During Holidaysweekend — and it’s clear overseas will make up for any shortfall here in the U.S. on Exodus. Again, you can’t escape the tried-and-true factor that Christmas shopping bit into its business, and there’s proof: Rentrak currently estimates that this weekend will come in at $84M, off 43% from $147.6M a year ago, and up 8% from last weekend. Last year at this time, this frame rose 56% above the soft first weekend of December on account of Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug being in the market.

Fox is hopeful that holiday moviegoing after the shopping season dies down will kickstart this Ridley Scott film to greater heights, and the extra big films in the marketplace will only help boost biz overall, and on the plus side for Fox: They’re out their first ahead of the onslaught.

“Moviegoing begets moviegoing,” said Spencer Klein, Fox’s senior VP, assistant general sales manager.   Warner Bros.’s distrib EVP Jeff Goldstein, who was beaming today from the solid limited results of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice which the studio reported at $330K FSS and $65,952 per theater, says “Moveigoing is just going to snap back in those last two weeks of the year, especially with Christmas and New Year’s falling on a Thursday.” It’s two full weekends. Behind Inherent Vice, Weinstein Co.’s Imitation Game had the second highest per theater of the weekend with $35K.

Exodus drew, as analysts expected, a large over 25 crowd at 65%.  54% of the audience was male with 3D bringing in 44%. It played solid with ethnic with 20% of the crowd being African Americans and 18% Hispanic. Fox reports that 30% of the audience identified themselves as being very religious, but again, the big play for the studio have been all audiences, not simply faith-based.  Nonetheless, you can’t ignore some of the challenges that Exodus has had: Faith-based folks grumbled before the film’s release and it’s B- Cinemascore translate into a 2.7 multiple in terms of figuring the film’s final domestic cume. Reviews have been middling to sour (28% Rotten score). If there’s hope, it lies with the 18-34 crowd who turned up at 54% to spread word of mouth. It’s the older adult crowds who adhere to reviews.

TOP FIVEParamount was very happy with the returns on Chris Rock’s comedy Top Five which is reported to have a FSS of $7.2 in 979 locales.  Cinemascore was unavailable as it was a limited release, but the film was “a big city film,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s worldwide distribution and marketing president. New York was the strongest market, followed by Chicago and Los Angeles.  By January 1, the goal is for the film to platform upward to 2,000 theaters. In regards to comp models in the long run, Colligan says, “We’re looking at well-reviewed films such as Bridesmaids and Knocked Up.Knocked Up made $148.8M in the summer of 2007, while Bridesmaids was a raunchy chick pic that crossed over to the masses with $169.1M during summer 2011. While Par’s Interstellar will lose large format screens to Hobbit this week — there will only be a handful of 70MM prints by next weekend — the studio is hoping that year-end traffic will push domestic to $200M.

Similar to Paramount’s roll out of Top Five, Warner plans to duck and weave through the competition this holiday season with Inherent Vice. The film will be in Toronto, and additional NY and LA theaters by Christmas with a wider break on Jan. 9.

Mockingjay continued to perform strong in its fourth week, down 42%. Other notables: Universal’s Dumb and Dumber To cleared $80M mark. Awards contenders saw weekend-to-weekend boosts, if not minor dips, across the board: Wild (+147%), Imitation Game (+130%), Birdman (+15%), Theory of Everything (-6%) and Foxcatcher (-31%) WILD

Below are the Top Film according to Deadline’s industry estimates:

1). Exodus: Gods and Kings (FOX), 3,053 theaters  /$8.7M Fri./ $9.1M Sat. (+5%)/ $6.3M Sun. (-30%)/3-day cume: $24.3M /Wk 1

2). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (LGF), 3,731 theaters (-323) /$3.7M Fri./ $5.7M Sat. (+54%)/ $3.4M Sun. (-40%) /3-day cume: $12.8M (-42%) / Total cume: $276.6M/Wk 4

3). The Penguins Of Madagascar (FOX), 3,667 theaters (-108)/ $1.5M Fri. / $3.49M Sat. (+122%)/ $2.1M Sun. (-40%) /3-day cume: $7.2M (-34%) / Total cume: $58.5M / Wk 3

4). Top Five (PAR), 979 theaters  /$2.4M Fri./ $2.8M Sat. (+16%)/ $1.7M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $7.2M /Wk 1

5). Big Hero 6 (DIS), 2,943 theaters (-225) / $1.3M Fri. / $2.9M Sat. (+111%)/ $1.7M Sun. (-40%) /3-day cume: $6.05M (-24%)/ Total cume: $185.25M /Wk 6

6). Interstellar (PAR), 2,692 theaters (-336) / $1.4M Fri./$2.4M Sat. (+71%)/ $1.4M Sun. (-42%) / 3-day cume: $5.3M (-32%) / Total cume: $166.6M / Wk 6

7). Horrible Bosses 2 (WB), 3,202 theaters (-198) / $1.4M Fri./$2M Sat. (+37%)/ $1.1M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $4.56M (-46%)/ Total cume: $43.6M / Wk 3

8). Dumb and Dumber To (UNI), 2,842 theaters (-246) / $789K Fri./$1.3M Sat. (+65%)/ $715K Sun. (-45%) /3-day cume: $2.7M (-37%)/ Total cume: $82.1M /Wk 5

9). The Theory Of Everything (FOC), 1,220 theaters (+394) / $744K Fri./$1M Sat. (+34%)/ $706K Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $2.4M (-6%) / Total cume: $17.1M / Wk 6

10). Wild (FSL), 116 theaters (+95) / $477K Fri./$630K Sat. (+32%)/ $440K Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $1.5M (+147%) / Total cume: $2.4M /Wk 2


Birdman (FSL), 606 theaters (-132) / $378K Fri. (+27%) /$591K Sat. (+56%)/$357K (-40%)/3-day cume: $1.325M (+15%)/ Total cume: $20.8M /Wk 9

The Imitation Game (TWC), 25 theaters (+17)  / $258K Fri. / $371K Sat. (+44%)/ $278K Sun. (-25%) /3-day cume: $898K (+130%)/ Total cume: $2M/ Wk 3

Nightcrawler (OPRD), 798 theaters (-471) / $175K Fri. /$260K Sat. (+49%)/ $158K Sun. (-39%) / 3-day cume: $594K (-44%) /Total cume: $31M/ Wk 7

Foxcatcher (SPC), 79 theaters (+4) / $101K Fri./$166K Sat. (+65%)/ $91K Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $358K (-31%) / Total cume: $3.3M/ Wk 5

Inherent Vice (WB), 5 theaters / $128K Fri. /$109K Sat. (-15%)/ $87K Sun. (-20%) / 3-day cume: $341K / Per Scrren Avg: $68K / Wk 1

First Update, Sunday, 7:30AM: Fox is predicting an estimated opening weekend of $24.5M for Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is line with their projections. Saturday came in a tad lower than what the industry was expecting with Exodus making $9.15M, 4% above Friday, which is revised at $8.775M.  Sunday looks to fall 28% with $6.6M. Numbers are rolling in with full analysis to come. 

Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Mockingjay – Part 1 beat any kind of holiday shopping blues with a 40% slide from last week and a double digit fourth weekend of $13.2M off 3,731 and a domestic cume of $277.4M.  Nancy Tartaglione will report more later, but the studio crossed the $1B mark overseas for the third year in part thanks to Mockingjay’s $334M haul. MORE as it comes.

Previous, Saturday, 5:25PM: Exodus is playing well in the South and the West, with decent business coming out of Hispanic theaters according to distribution sources.  This comes as no surprise as Noah played strong from Texas, westward in its opening. Fox reported a Friday estimate of $8.63M this morning, and the industry forecast is that Moses could see a Saturday increase of 15% for an estimate of $9.9M bringing its cume over two days to $18.5M. A $25M is still what everyone is seeing for the Ridley Scott film. While Noah posted a higher Friday opening of $15.2M, it saw an uptick of 16% on its Saturday with $17.6M. 

'Exodus' Plagued By Holiday Shopping Season in First FridayPrevious, Saturday, 2:11 AM: 20th Century Fox’s Moses epic Exodus: Gods and Kings didn’t exactly lead holiday shoppers out of the store and into the multiplex en masse Friday with an estimated $8.7M (per industry late night numbers), nor did the film stir up a glorious number of followers with an overall Cinemascore of B-.  Exodus faced an uphill challenge prior to opening, with its core demo turning off to some of the liberties it reportedly took with the Old Testament story and lead actor Christian Bale imaginatively telling interviewers that “Moses was a freedom fighter for the Hebrews, but a terrorist in terms of the Egyptian empire.” A slew of derisive reviews didn’t help, either, nor did the prospect of another big weekend of holiday shopping that distributors predicted would cut into overall  business.

Fox was expecting a weekend opening in the mid $20Ms, which Exodus is still on course to post, at least theoretically. Next weekend’s drop, of course, will also indicate the Bible pic’s staying power, and  it will be interesting to see if Exodus winds up being the second choice for ticket-buyers shut of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is bowing this Wednesday. There are a handful of adult-demo December wide releases that weren’t propped by awards buzz which posted mid $20M weekends or lower and ended their domestic runs at $100M, i.e. Last Samurai ($24.3M bow, $111.1M final domestic), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($12.8M, $102.5m).  Analysts earlier in the week were expecting that the over 25 club would be the predominant audience for Exodus.

Christian Bale Exodus Gods and Kings horseback large horizontalNote, Exodus’ B- Cinemascore is a bit better than Noah‘s C, and neither  that nor the fantasy rock monsters in the film prevented it from getting to $101.2M stateside.  Director Ridley Scott has mentioned in interviews that he strove to make Exodus as “real” as possible in its storytelling; nothing that was fantasy-based. Perhaps that will faze some of those who are doubtful about the film heading into the theater.  Scott’s Christian Crusade epic Kingdom of Heaven also scored a B-, bowing in the hot zone first weekend of May 2005 to $19.6M and tanking at $47.4M domestic. Critics covered their eyes at both Exodus and Kingdom of Heaven respectively rating a 28% rotten and 39% rotten on the Tomatometer.

Rosario Dawson and Chris Rock in Top Five
Rosario Dawson, left, costars with Rock in Top Five, a film some have described as the comedian’s Annie Hall.

Chris Rock’s Top Five worked its way into the…top five. It’s right where Paramount was expecting it to be, on course for a $6.8M weekend, generating $2.5M last night and a per theater of 2,554 in third. The studio has been lobbying it for awards with screenings around town with Rock and co-star Rosario Dawson in attendance. To date, the film has been lauded with the spotlight award by the National Board of Review. Critics love the film with an 89% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, making it the best-reviewed comedy of the year. Paramount went limited with the film yesterday, hoping that word of mouth will trigger a higher print count down the road. Outside of the comedian’s live-action ensemble $100M-plus grossing comedies like Grown Ups and The Longest Yard, Rock’s highest grossing film as a solo lead is the 2001 Heaven Can Wait remake, Down to Earth at $64.2M, also a Paramount release.

Meanwhile, in the wake of Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, award-contending and arthouse films are rallying. Warner Bros.’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s feature adaptation of

inherent viceThomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice chalked up $95K  $128K (Saturday AM update) in five NY and LA theaters or $25,750 per theater. It looks to file a FSS just below Punch Drunk Love‘s $379K.  Joaquin Phoenix earned a Golden Globe comedy actor nom for his portrayal of pot-addled private dick Doc Sportello. Anderson films always unspool in a handful of theaters (his opening weekend record remains $736K for 2012’s The Master). Critics love the new one, which rated 74% fresh on the Tomatometer. Focus’ Theory of Everything, which earned four Golden Globe noms including best picture drama as well 3 SAG noms added 394 runs seeing a 2% dip in its Friday B.O. with $750K. Fox Searchlight’s Wild, which has nabbed best actress drama GG and SAG noms for Reese Witherspoon, added 95 theaters for a count of 116, seeing a $475K (Saturday update) $420K Friday, up 147% +179% from a week ago. Searchlight’s Birdman, dropped 132 theaters for a total of 606 and still saw an uptick in its ninth Friday of 20% or $375K (Saturday update)  $395K. Both Searchlight titles are duking it out for 10th place this weekend. In 25 theaters, Weinstein Co.’s Imitation Game saw a 128% uptick with $235K $247K (Saturday update) .

Below are Friday’s top 10 per industry estimates:

1). Exodus: Gods and Kings (FOX), 3,053 theaters  /$8.7M Fri./ 3-day cume: $24.3M /Wk 1 (includes Thursday night previews)

2). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (LGF), 3,731 theaters (-323) /$3.7M Fri. (-43%)/ 3-day cume: $12.5M (-43%) / Total cume: $276.6M/Wk 4

3). The Penguins Of Madagascar (FOX), 3,667 theaters (-108)/ $1.58M Fri. (-31%)/ 3-day cume: $7.15M (-34%) / Total cume: $58.5M / Wk 3

4). Top Five (PAR), 979 theaters  /$2.5M Fri./ 3-day cume: $6.8M /Wk 1 (includes Thursday night previews)

5). Big Hero 6 (DIS), 2,943 theaters (-225) / $1.4M Fri. (-18%) / 3-day cume: $6.2M (-22%)/ Total cume: $185.6M /Wk 6

6). Interstellar (PAR), 2,692 theaters (-336) / $1.5M Fri. (-29%) / 3-day cume: $5.4M (-31%) / Total cume: $166.8M / Wk 6

7). Horrible Bosses 2 (WB), 3,202 theaters (-198) / $1.5M Fri. (-44%) / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-45%)/ Total cume: $43.6M / Wk 3

8). Dumb and Dumber To (UNI), 2,842 theaters (-246) / $1M Fri. (-17%) /3-day cume: $2.7M (-37%)/ Total cume: $82.05M /Wk 5

9). The Theory Of Everything (FOC), 1,220 theaters (+394) / $750K Fri. (-2%)/ 3-day cume: $2.5M (-4%) / Total cume: $17.2M / Wk 6

10/11). Wild (FSL), 116 theaters (+95) / $420K Fri. (+147%) / 3-day cume: $1.4M (+131%) / Total cume: $2.3M /Wk 2

 Birdman (FSL), 606 theaters (-132) / $395K Fri. (+27%) /3-day cume: $1.4M (+22%)/ Total cume: $21M /Wk 9


The Imitation Game (TWC), 25 theaters (+17)  / $235K Fri. (+117%)/ 3-day cume: $831K (+114%)/ Total cume: $2M/ Wk 3

Nightcrawler (OPRD), 798 theaters (-471) / $170K Fri. (-45%)/ 3-day cume: $593K (-45%) /Total cume: $31.1M/ Wk 7

Foxcatcher (SPC), 79 theaters (+4) / $103K Fri. (-27%) / 3-day cume: $374K (-28%) / Total cume: $3.3M/ Wk 5

Inherent Vice (WB), 5 theaters / $95K Fri. / 3-day cume: $311K / Per Screen Avg: $62K / Wk 1

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