Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings falls out of the top ten

exodus-bale-battle-aThere’s good news and bad news for Exodus: Gods and Kings at the box office this week.

First, the good news: despite having a smaller opening weekend, Ridley Scott’s Moses movie has now outgrossed Son of God in North America, with its $61.2 million edging past the other film’s $59.7 million. Exodus was already doing far, far better overseas, of course, where it has earned $141.5 million in contrast to the other film’s paltry $8.1 million.

Next, the bad news: like Son of God, but unlike Noah, Ridley Scott’s Moses movie fell out of the top ten in its fourth week at the North American box office.

In fact, with the film making 44.9% less than it did last week, it had one of the steepest drops of any film in the Top 20; the only films that fell (slightly) quicker were The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which kept its position at #1 despite a 46.5% slide since last week, and Top Five, which slid 46.2% to the #16 spot.

Exodus did fairly well overseas this week, though. According to Deadline:

Parting the Red Sea once more, the Moses-led Exodus: Gods And Kings grossed $31.57M from 51 markets — besting last frame’s $30.9M performance. That’s largely down to six new markets which included Russia with $8M from 1,026 screens, and Central America at $1.2M for Fox’s 3rd biggest opening weekend of all time. Biblical holdovers included Brazil at No. 1, down just 26%, with $4.5M; France at $3.59M, down 30%; the UK with $2.67M, down only 35%; and Germany with $2.6M for a 27% drop. The international cume is now $142.5M, with six more markets to release in January including Italy and Japan.

Exodus is now the fourth-highest-grossing Bible movie of the past few decades in North America, behind The Passion of the Christ, The Prince of Egypt and Noah, and it is likely to remain in that position until another Bible movie beats it:

  • 2004 — $370.8 million — The Passion of the Christ
  • 1998 — $101.4 million — The Prince of Egypt
  • 2014 — $101.2 million — Noah
  • 2014 — $61.2 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2014 — $59.7 million — Son of God
  • 2009 — $43.3 million — Year One
  • 2006 — $37.6 million — The Nativity Story
  • 1981 — $31.7 million — History of the World, Part I
  • 2002 — $25.6 million — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • 1979 — $20.0 million — Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • 1980 — $14.2 million — Wholly Moses!
  • 2006 — $13.4 million — One Night with the King
  • 1988 — $8.4 million — The Last Temptation of Christ
  • 1985 — $5.1 million — King David
  • 2003 — $4.1 million — The Gospel of John

It is also the third-highest-grossing Bible movie ever overseas, behind Noah and The Passion of the Christ (counting only films with foreign stats at Box Office Mojo):

  • 2014 — $261.4 million — Noah
  • 2004 — $241.1 million — The Passion of the Christ
  • 2014 — $141.5 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 1998 — $117.2 million — The Prince of Egypt
  • 2009 — $19.0 million — Year One
  • 2006 — $8.8 million — The Nativity Story
  • 2014 — $8.1 million — Son of God
  • 2006 — $0.3 million — One Night with the King
  • 2002 — $0.1 million — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

Worldwide, this currently puts Exodus in fourth place:

  • 2004 — $611.9 million — The Passion of the Christ
  • 2014 — $362.6 million — Noah
  • 1998 — $218.6 million — The Prince of Egypt
  • 2014 — $202.8 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2014 — $67.8 million — Son of God
  • 2009 — $62.4 million — Year One
  • 2006 — $46.4 million — The Nativity Story
  • 2002 — $25.6 million — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • 2006 — $13.7 million — One Night with the King

Keep in mind, though, that these figures ignore such “golden age” films as Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments, which came out years before the studios started releasing detailed box-office data. If box-office figures were adjusted for inflation, some of those films would be among the top-grossing films of all time.

And where does Exodus rank in the filmographies of its principals? Well, of the 22 films Ridley Scott has directed, it currently ranks 8th in North America …

  • 2000 — $187.7 million — Gladiator
  • 2001 — $165.1 million — Hannibal
  • 2007 — $130.2 million — American Gangster
  • 2012 — $126.5 million — Prometheus
  • 2001 — $108.6 million — Black Hawk Down
  • 2010 — $105.3 million — Robin Hood
  • 1979 — $80.9 million — Alien
  • 2014 — $61.2 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 1997 — $48.2 million — G.I. Jane
  • 2005 — $47.4 million — Kingdom of Heaven

… 6th overseas, where it is still doing well …

  • 2012 — $276.9 million — Prometheus
  • 2000 — $269.9 million — Gladiator
  • 2010 — $216.4 million — Robin Hood
  • 2001 — $186.6 million — Hannibal
  • 2005 — $164.3 million — Kingdom of Heaven
  • 2014 — $141.5 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2007 — $136.3 million — American Gangster
  • 1989 — $88.0 million — Black Rain
  • 2008 — $75.7 million — Body of Lies
  • 2001 — $64.4 million — Black Hawk Down

… and 7th worldwide:

  • 2000 — $457.6 million — Gladiator
  • 2012 — $403.4 million — Prometheus
  • 2001 — $351.7 million — Hannibal
  • 2010 — $321.7 million — Robin Hood
  • 2007 — $266.5 million — American Gangster
  • 2005 — $211.7 million — Kingdom of Heaven
  • 2014 — $202.8 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2001 — $173.0 million — Black Hawk Down
  • 1989 — $134.2 million — Black Rain
  • 2008 — $115.1 million — Body of Lies

Of the 36 films that Christian Bale has acted in, Exodus currently ranks 10th in North America …

  • 2008 — $534.9 million — The Dark Knight
  • 2012 — $448.1 million — The Dark Knight Rises
  • 2005 — $206.9 million — Batman Begins
  • 2013 — $150.1 million — American Hustle
  • 1995 — $141.6 million — Pocahontas
  • 2009 — $125.3 million — Terminator Salvation
  • 2009 — $97.1 million — Public Enemies
  • 2010 — $93.6 million — The Fighter
  • 2000 — $70.3 million — Shaft
  • 2014 — $61.2 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings

… 6th overseas (not counting Howl’s Moving Castle, an animated film that originated overseas and did not feature his voice in most overseas territories) …

  • 2012 — $636.3 million — The Dark Knight Rises
  • 2008 — $469.7 million — The Dark Knight
  • 2009 — $246.0 million — Terminator Salvation
  • 1995 — $204.5 million — Pocahontas
  • 2005 — $167.4 million — Batman Begins
  • 2014 — $141.5 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2009 — $117.0 million — Public Enemies
  • 2013 — $101.1 million — American Hustle
  • 2006 — $56.6 million — The Prestige
  • 2002 — $39.1 million — Reign of Fire

… and 8th worldwide (again, not counting Howl’s Moving Castle):

  • 2012 — $1,084.4 million — The Dark Knight Rises
  • 2008 — $1,003.0 million — The Dark Knight
  • 2005 — $372.7 million — Batman Begins
  • 2009 — $371.4 million — Terminator Salvation
  • 1995 — $346.1 million — Pocahontas
  • 2013 — $251.2 million — American Hustle
  • 2009 — $214.1 million — Public Enemies
  • 2014 — $202.8 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2010 — $129.2 million — The Fighter
  • 2006 — $109.7 million — The Prestige

And of the 30 films that Joel Edgerton has acted in — many of them in minor or supporting roles — Exodus currently ranks 5th in North America …

  • 2005 — $380.3 million — Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 2002 — $310.7 million — Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • 2013 — $144.8 million — The Great Gatsby
  • 2012 — $95.7 million — Zero Dark Thirty
  • 2014 — $61.2 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2010 — $55.7 million — Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • 2004 — $51.9 million — King Arthur
  • 2012 — $51.9 million — The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • 2007 — $35.8 million — Smokin’ Aces
  • 2011 — $13.7 million — Warrior

… 5th overseas …

  • 2005 — $468.5 million — Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 2002 — $338.7 million — Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • 2013 — $206.2 million — The Great Gatsby
  • 2004 — $151.7 million — King Arthur
  • 2014 — $141.5 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2010 — $84.4 million — Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • 2012 — $37.1 million — Zero Dark Thirty
  • 2007 — $21.3 million — Smokin’ Aces
  • 2011 — $9.4 million — Warrior
  • 2006 — $8.1 million — Kinky Boots

… and 5th worldwide, though it could be 4th by tomorrow:

  • 2005 — $848.8 million — Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 2002 — $649.4 million — Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • 2013 — $351.0 million — The Great Gatsby
  • 2004 — $203.6 million — King Arthur
  • 2014 — $202.8 million — Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • 2010 — $140.1 million — Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • 2012 — $132.8 million — Zero Dark Thirty
  • 2007 — $57.1 million — Smokin’ Aces
  • 2012 — $55.3 million — The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • 2011 — $23.1 million — Warrior

I may update these lists in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

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