Thursday, April 25, 2024

“Exodus” Causes Exodus from Theatres: Hits 27% on Critics List, Falls Short at Box Office


Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” didn’t bring as many fans into theatres as producers might have hoped. You could say it caused an Exodus! Fox reported $24.5 million today for the first weekend, with a huge drop from Saturday to Sunday. When the real numbers come in late tomorrow, expect “Exodus” to be even a little lower. On RottenTomatoes, the film is at an astonishingly 27%. And that’s instructive since review embargoes kept it at 44% for a while. But the bottom dropped out, and the audience smelled a stinker even if it was late.

The failure of “Exodus”– and it’s a bust, just wait til the drop off next week– bodes poorly for the end of the year. Aside from the final “Hobbit” there is no destination movie for Christmas-New Year’s. It’s really dismal. All of the Oscar movies are pretty much out, except for “American Sniper” and “Unbroken.” We’ll see how they do. The latter should bring out audiences. With “Sniper,” I wish they had a November release date. But it should click in January.

What I would see on Christmas day: Whiplash. St. Vincent. Paddington. Rent “Chef.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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