Ridley Scott’s Biblical movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” rocked the box office with an estimated 24 million on its début weekend. The Christian Bale starrer claimed the top spot by kicking down “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” which raked in an additional $13.2 million, with a total take of $277,4 since its release four weeks ago. We get to see the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
DreamWorks animation “Penguins of Madagascar” slips down to third place from second compared to last week by adding an additional $7.3 million for a domestic total of $58,8 million. Chris Rock’s comedy “Top Five” opened to a disappointing $7.2 million in its first week. The comedy, which also stars Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd among others, features the show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being African-American and famous. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “Top Five” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. Review aggregator Rottentomatoes.com dished out favorible reviews with an overall fresh score of 89% so far.
The consensus from the site reads:
“As smart, funny, and trenchant as writer-director-star Chris Rock’s best standup work, Top Five is a career highlight for its creator — and one of the comedy standouts of 2014.”
Check out the trailer for Chris Rock’s “Top Five”
“Big Hero 6” is spending its sixth week at No. 5 with approximately $6.1 million, followed by Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” with $5.5 million.
Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
- “Exodus: Gods and Kings” – $24.5 million
- “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” – $13.2 million
- “Penguins of Madagascar” – $7.3 million
- “Top Five” – $7.2 million
- “Big Hero 6” – $6.1 million
- “Interstellar” – $5.5 million
- “Horrible Bosses 2” -$4.6 million
- “Dumb and Dumber To” – $2.7 million
- “The Theory of Everything” – $2.5 million
- “Wild” – $1.5 million