‘Gods of Egypt’: Introducing 2016’s first major movie flop

A scene from 'Gods of Egypt'.

It’s only March, and Gods of Egypt may just be the biggest movie flop of 2016.

When you consider how much was spent on the film — it had a budget of $140 million — and how much money it generated, it’s a flop on a colossal level. Gods of Egypt amassed a mere $14 million over its first weekend, a tenth of what it cost to make.

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Of those people who did venture to see the movie, not many liked it, judging by reviews and Twitter comments. Gods of Egypt currently holds a 12-per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rolling Stone gave the movie a zero-star rating, saying “Some movies are so effing awful they’re hilarious. Gods of Egypt falls short of that lofty goal.”

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Critics and movie fans alike are up-in-arms about the “whitewashed” cast, since three white men make up the leads: Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler and Australian actor Brenton Thwaites. Even Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas apologized about the lack of diversity months before the film’s release.

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“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” said Proyas. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”

According to Esquire, Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, was hoping Gods of Egypt would eventually become its next major movie franchise, with sequels to follow.

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Needless to say, with numbers like this, we will not be seeing a Gods of Egypt 2.

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