Exodus: Gods and Kings tops US box office

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Ridley Scott’s biblical epic topped the US box office on its debut weekend, dethroning ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One’ from its three-week run at number one.

Scott’s film, which stars Christian Bale as Moses, as well as Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul, picked up $24.5 million, but is still far from reaching its reported $140m budget.

Other religious-themed movies such as ‘Noah’ and ‘Son of God’ had recently debuted stronger than ‘Exodus’, as it has been met with a mixed response for its questionable white cast, which some have blasted as being historically inaccurate.

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Over the last month the biblical epic has been surrounded by criticism for the white actors who have been cast to play major roles in a film which is set in ancient Egypt.

The renowned director has spoken out about the casting controversies in an interview with Variety, attributing to money the reason for the lack of ethnic diversity. Though he had previously stated that his upcoming movie would represent a “confluence of cultures”, black actors seem to be featured simply in secondary roles without having significant parts.

Despite topping last weekend’s US charts, the much-discussed ‘Exodus’ has been differently interpreted and branded from media. New York Times has described it as “both woefully insufficient and much too much” and Time said it was a “cinematically uninspired retelling of the Moses story”.

So Scott’s latest film has definitely raised some eyebrows, but it still remains at number one so far with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One’ taking the second place.

A still from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One’ (photo: digitaltrends)

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is number three at the box office, just ahead of the new entry ‘Top Five’, Chris Rock’s directorial debut, which is followed by ‘Big Hero 6’ that completes the top five list.

‘Penguins of Madagascar” (photo: moviepilot)

A still from ‘Top five’ starring Rosario Dawson and Chris Rock (photo: latimes)

‘Big Hero 6′ (photo: screenrant)