By Justin Worland
December 14, 2014

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings earned $24.5 million to unseat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 for the top spot at the American box office, Variety reports.

Exodus, which tells the Old Testament story of Moses, features Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, as well as Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul. The box office victory comes despite critics widely panning the movie, which has a 28% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Scott has also been criticized for casting only white actors in leading roles.

The win for Exodus comes after three straight weeks of Mockingjay at No. 1. The latest in the Hunger Games franchise came in second and took in $13.2 million. The movie has grossed more than $270 million since it opened last month.


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