Weekend box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings takes the top spot

The casting of EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS bothered a lot of people and Ridley Scott was dismissive of the criticism, saying if he had not cast recognizable stars, the film wouldn’t have been made.  That’s probably true, but I wonder if it would have done any better at the weekend box office.  As it is, the grand Biblical epic is going to finish close to $25 million and zero Oscar buzz, which means we can chalk this one up as a failure for everyone involved, especially given the negative critics reviews.  The other new movie of the weekend, TOP FIVE, received great reviews from critics and Chris Rock has been promoting the film like crazy, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be able to crack $10 million in its somewhat limited release.  This is another of those films where the studio is going to slowly roll it out across the country, which they’re convinced is a way of generating buzz, but all it does for most people is create confusion.  Nothing angers a moviegoer more like knowing some people get to see a movie before them because they live in a certain city.

Next week sees the release of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES, which should be the last trip to Middle Earth.  But Peter Jackson did drop some hints that there could be other adventures down the road because apparently, he just can’t let this go.  We also have the ANNIE remake, which looks absolutely terrible, as well as NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.  I can’t believe there are three Night at the Museum movies.  The Hobbit should easily take the box office and given the lack of competition, it might even do better than its predecessors.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Exodus: Gods and Kings $24.5m

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $13.2m

3. Penguins of Madagascar $7.3m

4. Top Five $7.2m

5. Big Hero 6 $6.1m

6. Interstellar $5.5m

7. Horrible Bosses 2 $4.6m

8. Dumb and Dumber To $2.7m

9. Theory of Everything $2.5m

10. Wild $1.4m

(Deadline)

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