idley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ was the box office winner this past weekend with a tepid $24.5 million. A return that almost matched its Rotten Tomatoes score of 28%. Scott’s Bible-ish adaptation of the Moses/Ramses tale came in below expectations. With a $140 million budget, things don’t look good. This is continues a downward trend for Scott’s films. ‘The Counselor’, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Body Of Lies’ all performed moderately, if not bombing completely. We’ll see if his two big upcoming projects of 2015, the Matt Damon sci-fi thrill, ‘The Martian’ and his adaptation of the occasionally great BBC ‘Red Riding Trilogy’, ‘Red Riding’ and reverse his fortunes.
Numero dos was ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ with $13.2 million. The continuing adventures (or is that ending) continue to perform well. It may even end up winning the annual box office title, beating ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ with an estimated $335 million (domestically).
Those damn Penguins came in at number III with $7.3 million. I’m fairly confident there are no penguins in that area of the world… Moving on.
Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ came in at number four with $7.21 million, a fine showing for the film. It’s getting rave reviews and it looks like it’ll hover in the top 10 for a while. It’s said to be a great meld of his stand up act and observations. Now let’s see what we can do to keep him away from the ‘Grown Ups’ franchise.
‘Horrible Bosses 2’ took a tumble to 7th place with $4.63 million, representing the largest drop of any film this past weekend.
The only other update of note is the introduction of Reese Witherspoon’s ‘Wild’. It closes out the list at dieci with $1.55 million. Recently garnering Reese with a Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress, Fox Searchlight is expanding the film to about 850 theaters by this upcoming weekend from its previous 166.
Oh! And ‘Birdman’ continues to do well with an estimated $1.32 million, receiving seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, along with Screenplay and Score. Go ‘Birdman’!
Check out the full weekend results below: