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Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings tops the US box office

Exodus: Gods & Kings

Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott’s Exodus: Gods & Kings has topped the US box office with a $24.5 million debut, toppling The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in the process.

The Biblical epic, starring Christian Bale as Moses, opened in line with box office tracking but will have to work hard to recoup its $140 million budget in the US, especially since new competition in the form of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Annie will be released next week.

Reviews of the film have so far been mixed with a lot of criticism stemming from the epic’s decision to cast mostly white actors in the key roles. However, a breakdown of the film’s weekend audience showed that it does still boast broad appeal, with 54% of viewers being male, 65% being over 25, 20% African-American and 18% Latino.

Internationally, the film took a further $43.3 million around the globe – although UK audiences will have to wait until Boxing Day to see it.

In second place at the US box office was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which took a further $13.2 million to bring its US total to $277.4 million. Globally, the film has earned $611.4 million, helping Lionsgate to pass the $1 billion mark internationally for the third year in a row.

Animated comedy Penguins of Madagascar lies third, with $7.3 million in its third week, while new Chris Rock comedy Top Five landed in fourth spot, just behind the penguins, with $7.2 million.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 rounded out the top five, adding $6.5 million to its US tally for a new total of $185.3 million.

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