Exodus conquers box office

Director Ridley Scott’s new biblical picture, Exodus: Gods and Kings, debuted at the top of the US weekend box office.

Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted in the number one position at this weekend’s US box office.

Director Ridley Scott’s biblical picture earned $24.5 million in its first week at American theatres, despite controversy over casting. Because the film is set in Ancient Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings received criticism for its primarily Caucasian ensemble. Moses is played by Christian Bale, while Joel Edgerton takes on the part of Ramses in this classic Old Testament tale. Exodus cost an estimated $140 million to produce.

Fantasy picture The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 lost its first place spot, claiming second place this weekend. The picture has been in US theatres for four weeks now and it’s amassed domestic gross profits of over $277 million thus far. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss in The Hunger Games series. In Mockingjay - Part 1, which also stars Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, Katniss questions whether to become the figurehead of a revolution after destroying the games.

Animated family film Penguins of Madagascar came in third, earning $7.3 million. Several A-listers lend their voice to characters in this picture, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong and John Malkovich. Penguins of Madagascar centres on a flock of birds who join forces to prevent Dr. Octavious Brine from destroying the world. It’s a hit worldwide, as the movie has earned nearly $175 million in the international market. The DreamWorks feature was released November 26 and made with a budget of $132 million.

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