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article image'Exodus: Gods and Kings' will take down 'Mockingjay'

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 12, 2014 in Entertainment
Some may say "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is off to a fine start with $1.3 million on those earlier showings, as it goes wide today (Dec. 12), but it doesn't feel that way
With many movies that figure is solid, but with an epic, is it really? Sure, it is long but sometimes there is only one showing, no matter what, on a Thursday. This film needs to fight back some casting controversy and sluggish reviews. With an epic like this, that is needed. With certain movies, they are review proof. With "Exodus: Gods and Kings," word-of-mouth and those reviews, will be a key factor to the end result.
Some Christian groups were targeted and if they balk, the numbers will be low. This is not Charlton Heston's Moses. Though that was launched with controversy, too. Those nuances will play a role as the Jews being released from bondage is less about God and more about a revolution.
Meanwhile, Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" may play out in the minds of the audience. He, perhaps, should have done "Ben Hur." Christian Bale is Moses and this does boast an all-star cast, which, with films like this, is not unusual. To many, the only thing that will be Christian about this film is the lead actor's first name.
And it did not advance in the Oscar shortlist for special effects. Although impressive, to the voters, not enough for their liking.
1. "Exodus: Gods and Kings" - 3,503 theaters
2. "Top Five" - 979 theaters
3. "Inherent Vice" - 5 theaters
Many are scratching their heads over the Golden Globe not giving Chris Rock and his "Top Five" in the comedy category. It is out this weekend so many can see for themselves.
While "Inherent Vice" is one of those films that will be despised or loved. Those films are always worth a look because of that. Paul Tomas Anderson writes and directs. It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson and Josh Brolin. It is a 1970s crime drama, but is it too soon removed from the other 1970s hit film, "American Hustle"?
"Top Five" is in many more theaters than "Inherent Vice," but both deserve the per screen treatment.
Now comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies," which has a solid, blockbuster fan base. But, getting others into these is not easy. This is not a film that one can just jump in to kill time or wait for someone in the other theater watching an animated flick. This is long and that fan base will go.
But, smaller towns do not always do well with these blockbusters, and it they do, it is with the local multiplex and not the smaller venues. Much like superhero films, where many younger males, go, this one has that feel, too.
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" opens Wednesday, Dec. 17. It also does real big overseas and has already proven that with this one.
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