Weekend box office: Gods of Egypt is just as bad as you thought

Critics are going to tell you that they hated GODS OF EGYPT and although that’s mostly true, it’s only part of the story.  The truth is, critics love it when Hollywood lobs them softballs that they can smash like this.  It’s such an easy target; bad effects, terrible story, whitewashing, atrocious acting, and poor directing and you’re just scratching the surface of what’s wrong with it.  In fact, I thought this would be so bad that it would actually do decent numbers at the weekend box office, but “decent” is a matter of perspective.  Around $13 million is actually more than the film deserves, but when compared to the $140 million budget, it’s quite terrible.  The other new movies of the weekend didn’t fare any better. EDDIE THE EAGLE got mostly positive reviews but barely cracked the top 5 and TRIPLE 9 (click the link to read our review) just missed.

Next week is another diverse weekend in terms of the types of films coming out.  First up is LONDON HAS FALLEN, starring Gerard Butler reprising his character from OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN.  I know we’re all down on sequels these days, but I thought Olympus was fun for what it was and a sequel makes sense for this type of action movie.  Then we have the animated film ZOOTOPIA from Disney.  This might be a case of bad timing for ZOOTOPIA because a non-franchise or Pixar animated movie really needs zero competition to be successful and KUNG FU PANDA 3 is still doing decent business.  Finally, there’s WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT starring Tina Fey.  I’m guessing DEADPOOL will drop just enough to give the edge to LONDON HAS FALLEN, with ZOOTOPIA a close second.  But even with competition, it’s dangerous to bet against an animated film.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Deadpool $31.5m

2. Gods of Egypt $13.2m

3. Kung Fu Panda 3 $9m

4. Risen $7.2m

5. Eddie the Eagle $5.8m

6. Triple 9 $5.7

7. How to be Single $4.9m

8. Race $4.6m

9. The Witch $4.1m

10. The Revenant $3.8m

(Deadline)

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