In the U.S., there’s only one major “blockbuster” film that will have its first weekend this Friday-Sunday, and that’s Ridley Scott’s biblical tale Exodus: Gods and Kings. While The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies bows today overseas, domestic audiences won’t be able to take in Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth finale until next Wednesday. By default, that makes the Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton film the heir to the box office throne, and according to Variety, its on its way to a respectable $25 million opening weekend.
The specter of The Hobbit is still felt this weekend, though, as this week’s tally at the same time in 2013 saw The Desolation of Smaug bring in an impressive $73.6 million. Exodus’ budget reportedly sits at the $140 million level, $85 million lower than the second Hobbit film’s, so its opening salvo is pretty respectable presuming that the estimates are correct, and in spite of the mixed reviews the film has garnered thus far.
Other offerings for this weekend include Chris Rock’s Top Five, which has seen very positive reviews for Rock’s performance as a comedian who tries to reinvent himself as a serious actor. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will come in at number 2 in the lineup, knocked off its perch at the top for the first time in four weeks.
In our review of Exodus, reviewer Eric D. Snider felt that it “isn’t blasphemous enough to be outrageous, emotional enough to be inspiring, or interesting enough to be good.”
For more on how the final box office numbers shake out this week, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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