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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Christian Bale stars as Moses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'.

Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, ruled the box office on its opening weekend, with a chart-topping $24.5 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak estimates yesterday.

The Ridley Scott-directed tale, effectively ended the three week reign of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which came in second with an estimated $13.2 million.

With a reported $140-million production budget, Exodus: Gods and Kings, met expectations in its debut weekend, but it failed to live up to the precedent set by some recent biblically-themed films, including Noah, which opened to $43.7 million in March.

Also new in theatres, Top Five, from writer-director and star Chris Rock, opened strongly. The Paramount-distributed comedy took in an estimated $7.2 million from only 979 locations to take the fourth-place spot.