‘Gods of Egypt’ poised to be 2016’s first big-budget flop as ‘Deadpool’ continues dominance

Lionsgate’s Gods of Egypt certainly isn’t going to have the same staying power as Ancient Egypt’s pyramids at the box office. The movie is going to be the first major flop of 2016.

The Alex Proyas-directed CGI fest cost a whopping $140 million to make and stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Brenton Thwaites. It has been met with disastrous reviews, and the studio apologized for whitewashing four months before the film opened. None of the major characters are played by Egyptian actors.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film made $800,000 from Thursday previews, and it is estimated that it only made $5 million on Friday. That wouldn’t actually be too bad…if it didn’t cost so much to make. The movie is expected to be lucky to pass $10 million for the weekend.

Also opening this weekend is the inspirational true story Eddie the Eagle, which is expected to make around $6 million, notes Deadline. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton in the title role. John Hillcoat’s ensemble police drama Triple 9 will likely make around $6 million, too.

Unfortunately for all these movies, Deadpool will likely keep the box office crown for a third consecutive week. The movie will probably drop to around $30 million.

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