Ridley Scott’s biblical epic, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, grossed a lacklustre $8.6m during its opening Friday at the North American box office, including $1.2m from Thursday previews. It’s active in a high 3,505 theatres and faces a $25m weekend, around $10m below Fox’s expectations. A disappointing ‘B- CinemaScore from first night audiences and a critical kicking – 25% on RT (and 35% with TC’s) – will further damage word of mouth during the Christmas period. And all of this falls against the backdrop of a $140m production budget.
The weekend’s other widish opener, Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ grossed a solid $2.4m on Friday from 979 theatres. Exceptionally strong reviews – 89% on RT (and an astonishing 95% with TC’s) – should propel the ‘R’ rated comedy to around $8m over the three days.
And Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’, is making headlines in the speciality box office. Joaquin Phoenix leads a typically impressive Anderson cast and the crime drama bagged a stunning $128,000 from just five theatres during its debut Friday.