Whitewashed swords and sandals epic Gods of Egypt sank beneath the sands at the US box office this weekend, a victim of scathing reviews and controversy over its casting of largely European actors as ancient Egyptian gods and mortals.
Alex Proyas’ $140m (£101m) fantasy, which studio Lionsgate hoped would mirror the success of Zack Snyder’s similarly pitched 300 (also starring Gerard Butler), scored just $14m on debut. Rated 14% on the critical aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it’s the first genuine big-budget failure of 2016.The Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman served up one of the film’s more decent reviews , labelling it “a tremendous amount of fun”, while admitting the casting decisions were “ridiculous” and “offensive”.
Gods of Egypt was subjected to a negative backlash months before any audience had the chance to see it. In November, Proyas and Lionsgate were forced to apologise for handing white European actors such as Butler, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau the roles of duelling Egyptian deities and mortals following widespread criticism from celebrities including Bette Midler, and on social media.
Racy comic-book revelation Deadpool continued to storm ahead in top spot at the North American box office, taking an impressive $31.5m in its third weekend on release. Tim Miller’s film also passed the $600m worldwide, and is well on its way to breaking The Matrix Reloaded’s $742m mark as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time – it currently boasts $609.8m.
Animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped one place to No 3, while faith-based drama Risen slipped to fourth. Ursine kung fu master Po’s latest adventure in ancient China now boasts a fifth-week total of $128.4 in the US and Canada, while the story of the search for a post-resurrection Jesus has $22.7m in its second week.
The top five was rounded out by impressive newcomer Eddie the Eagle, surprisingly picking up a US audience despite its Brit-centric subject matter. The comedy biopic, which stars Taron Egerton as the famously rubbish Olympic ski jump competitor, scored $6.3m on debut. Directed by actor-turned-film-maker Dexter Fletcher, it has been well-reviewed by critics and boasts a 73% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Hoffman labelled the film a “brazenly by-the-numbers schmaltzy sports epic”, but added: “There’s a reason mainstream film-makers stick to the formula: it works.”
Fletcher’s film just beat out the only other new movie to make the top 10 this week, star-studded crime thriller Triple 9 . John Hillcoat’s film, the tale of a team of bank robbers entangled with the Russian mafia, scored $6.1m on debut in sixth. The recipient of mixed reviews, it stars Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet. Oscar-winner The Revenant slipped one spot to 10th place in its 10th week on release, with another $3.8m in receipts for a North American total of $170.5m.
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‘Possible war in the Middle East’: Editor explains why Trump’s visa attack on Iran is ‘lame’ response to oil field bombing
As the United States is searching for ways to draw down on decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, serious conflicts might be afoot, one Daily Beast reporter told MSNBC Sunday.
World News editor Christopher Dickey told host Kendis Gibson he doesn't understand the point of barring Iranian diplomats from being able to come to the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall. During a "Meet the Press" interview Sunday morning, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the U.S. should deny the visas. The statement prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to call her out for "warmongering," and said she was out of touch with Americans who don't want to get into another costly Middle East war.
Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change
Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.
The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.
‘Please give me the audacity of a mediocre white man’: Editor unleashes on Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Managing Editor Tiffany Cross, who co-founded The Beat DC, unleashed on the most recent Supreme Court Justice to be outed for sexual misconduct.
Max Stier, a classmate of Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out with another story of the justice forcing his naked penis into the hand of a woman. The FBI was supposed to do a full investigation into Kavanaugh, and Stier gave them the information. Somehow, however, the investigation either wasn't completed, wasn't revealed or was ignored, because none of the information revealed was released.
Cross said that there are some who normally would have said, "man if only we knew about these allegations during the confirmation hearing." The problem, of course, is that it was known, Cross explained. It was simply ignored by Republicans in the majority. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is an excellent example of a pro-choice, pro-woman senator who claimed she trusted Kavanaugh. She's suffered the consequences from her home-state in wake of the vote. In the past four years, she has dropped from being the most favored senator in the country to among the least.