Exodus: Gods and Kings opened at number one this weekend, but it was a pretty weak opening for a would-be epic — just $24.5 million, even at IMAX 3D ticket prices. As Box Office Mojo points out on the linked piece, that’s very disappointing for a Biblical picture, particularly given that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah opened to $43 million back in March.
Still, that was enough to beat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One, which earned $13.2 million to secure second place. And we can expect the megaplex to get a lot busier — and Ridley Scott’s wheezy misfire to drop precipitously — this coming weekend, when the third Night at the Museum 3 and Hobbit movies open. Stand by.