It seems like 2014 is the year of rebirth for Old Testament movies. After much speculations as to how the “Exodus: Gods and Kings” would fare against other biblical movies, it seems the film just took the box office crown from Jennifer Lawrence’s “Mockingjay,” which held the top spot for three consecutive weeks. Read on for further details.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” topped the box office weekend, from Dec. 12 to 14, 2014, with gross earnings of $24.5 million from 3,503 locations. Although the film met the expectations, box office reports say the film “doesn’t compare favorably to this year’s previous Biblical movies.” In a comparison made by Variety, the film underperformed compared to other recent biblical movies like “Noah” ($43.7 million), “Son of God” ($25.6 million) and “The Passion of the Christ” ($83.8 million).
The film reportedly had a massive $140 million production cost, and with that kind of opening, it seems like the movie would fall short if they won’t be able to perform well overseas.
Good news for the “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is that December films are often given a longer runtime, giving them more time for the moviegoers to watch them on Christmas holidays. Bad news is that the film would go neck-to-neck with the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (which is set to be released on Dec. 17, 2014 in the U.S. and Dec. 26, 2014 in Australia), Disney’s “Into the Woods,” “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and family musical “Annie.”
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” only scored a 40 percent audience score at the Rotten Tomatoes and a critics score of only 28 percent. And while the movie isn’t doing so well with reviews, Fox’s executive vice president Spencer Klein counters, “We got the religious audience, but the opening audience was much more diverse than that.” The movie had a pretty diverse audience indeed, with 65 percent of the audience over the age of 25 and 54 percent male. Forty-four percent of the gross earnings of the film came from the 3D format, a higher-than-average result.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” came in at no. 2 after leading the box office for three consecutive weeks, with gross earnings of $13.2 million. “Penguins of Madagascar” at third spot with $7.3 million, followed by “Top Five” at $7.21 million. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” completes the top five with $6.145 million.
There you have it for this week’s box office. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.
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