‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Takes Top Box Office Spot for Opening Weekend

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Christian Bale’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has taken over the North American box office after debuting at number one with $24.5 million.

The controversial movie, directed by Ridley Scott, ends The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘s three-week run at the top, despite less than stellar reviews.

The latest installment of the adventure franchise took $13.2 million in its fourth week on release.

The animated Penguins of Madagascar takes third place, just ahead of Chris Rock’s new comedy Top Five at four and Disney’s Big Hero 6 at five.

Exodus: Gods and Kings was the source of some recent (but ever-present) casting controversy due choosing Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton to play historic Egyptian icons Moses and Ramses. In response, the film’s director Ridley Scott told Variety, “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.

“I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

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