'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office
FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, English actor Christian Bale poses for photographers during the premiere of the film "Exodus" in Madrid. Egypt on Sunday, Dec. 28, said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews. The Culture Ministry explained its decision for the first time in a statement issued a few days after the ban was announced. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)
Actors Christian Bale, Maria Valverde, Director Ridley Scott, Golshifteh Farahani and Joel Edgerton pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Joel Edgerton, Golshifteh Farahani, Maria Valverde, and Christian Bale chat upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 file photo, Christian Bale attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum in New York. To prepare for his role as Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Bale watched Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian” and Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part One.” The Oscar-winning actor found Moses a complicated man, and didn’t want his version of the biblical hero to be too haughty. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic, right, attend the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Ben Mendelsohn, from left, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul and John Turturro attend the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Joel Edgerton attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Gloria Steinem attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Julianna Margulies attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Christian Bale attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Aaron Paul attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Ben Mendelsohn attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic, right, attend the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Julianna Margulies attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Aaron Paul, left, and Christian Bale, right, attend an after party for the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Joel Edgerton, left, and Aaron Paul, right, attend the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Peter Chernin attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Sir Ben Kingsley chats to Christian Bale upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Joel Edgerton and Golshifteh Farahani pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Golshifteh Farahani poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Maria Valverde poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Exodus: Gods And Kings in London, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Gloria Steinem attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Despite receiving a dismal 28% from Rotten Tomatoes, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' takes the number one spot at the box office this weekend.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" ruled the box office its opening weekend with a chart-topping $24.5 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Sunday estimates.

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 theaters, "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.

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