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After a few weekends of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" landing at number one at the box office, Ridley Scott's biblical drama "Exodus: Gods and Kings" should easily be the top overall draw this weekend, with Christian Bale starring in the 3,300-theater release from distributor Fox.
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With titles across the board struggling to find audiences, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" finished as the number one draw both domestically and abroad for the third straight weekend, running its totals to $257 million in the U.S. and $560 million worldwide. The only new release of the weekend to make it into the top 10 was "The Pyramid."
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Without a major new wide release, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is set for a third straight weekend atop the box office charts in what will be one of the weakest weekends of the year for new titles. Leading the way will be "The Pyramid," an R-rated horror film that is getting released at only 550 total theaters this weekend as Fox looks to find a small group of mainstream audiences.
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As the new titles struggled, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Big Hero 6" and "Interstellar" all scored strong totals over the weekend, helping to deliver one of the busiest overall weekends of the year as five different titles earned at least $15 million.
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