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.
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."
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.
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.
In a very busy stretch at the box office, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in good position to top the charts for the second consecutive weekend, though heavy competition from "Penguins of Madagascar" could make it tight at the top as it hits theaters in time for Thanksgiving. Also in the mix this weekend will be "Horrible Bosses 2."
Though a $123 million opening was actually below most expectations, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" still posted far and away the biggest opening of 2014 over the weekend, hauling in nearly $30,000 per site at an aggressive 4,151 total theaters. Meanwhile, "Dumb and Dumber To" had a sharp drop-off from its opening total.
Though many of the biggest releases of the year have underwhelmed over opening weekend, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in great position to post far and away the top domestic opening of 2014, with more than $150 million looking very possible as it launches at roughly 4,000 theaters.