Biblical epic Exodus leads United States, Canada box offices

The biblical epic recounting Moses freeing the Jewish slaves from Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings, ruled the North American box office over the weekend. -- PHOTO: 20TH CENTURY FOX
The biblical epic recounting Moses freeing the Jewish slaves from Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings, ruled the North American box office over the weekend. -- PHOTO: 20TH CENTURY FOX

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Exodus: Gods and Kings, an action-filled epic starring Christian Bale as Biblical leader Moses, marched to the top of U.S. and Canadian movie charts collecting US$24.5 million (S$32.2 million) in ticket sales over the weekend.

The flock of moviegoers for Exodus knocked The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 to second place, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. The third film in the dystopian thriller series starring Jennifer Lawrence earned US$13.2 million at domestic theatres, bringing its total to US$277.4 million.

DreamWorks Animation film Penguins of Madagascar finished in the No. 3 spot with US$7.3 million from Friday through Sunday.