Before the Ridley Scott’s epic, ‘Exodus’ ever hit theaters, it faced scrutiny from critics who pointed out many inaccuracies about the bible based film. Early box office numbers reflected the critics as the movie tanked opening day.
Producers were betting on international theaters to make up for the massive loss they took stateside, but that might not happen either. Two countries, Egypt and Morocco have decided against showing the film due to the historical innacracies they see as well.,
The head of the censorship board said these included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids, and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part.
There have also been reports that the film is banned in Morocco.
Although the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) had given the film the green light, Moroccan business website Medias24.com said that officials had decided to ban the movie from being screened the day before its premiere.
According to the book of Exodus, the Pyramids were built by Jewish slaves, who were led to freedom by Moses after God inflicted a series of plagues on Egypt.
The Biblical story tells how the Red Sea was parted by a miracle performed by God through Moses, allowing the Jewish people to escape from the pursuing Egyptian army.
The biblical epic has had mixed reviews and has had smaller takings than rival films on its opening weekend
Time called it a “cinematically uninspired retelling of the Moses story”, Vulture said it was “as uneven as Ridley Scott’s career”, while the New York Times described it as “both woefully insufficient and much too much”.
The film’s opening fell well short of other modern Biblical films, including Darren Aronofsky’s Noah which took $43.7m on its opening weekend in March and 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, which took $83.3m.