UPDATE, 8:19AM: Fox is reporting a solid first night for Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus: Gods and Kings with $1.2M from 2,500 theaters. Current three-day estimate is in the mid $20Ms, however, the hope is that this film can at least bow in the same vicinity as Scott’s Gladiator, a film which made sword and sandal epics popular again with a new generation. That film bowed to $34.8M and legged out to $187.7M during the summer of 2000.  Thursday night previews aren’t necessarily an accurate predictor of opening weekend box office: Sony’s Fury posted $1.2M on its way to a $23.7M opening weekend while Fox’s Gone Girl made $1.25M, posting a $37.1M three-day. 

PREVIOUS, 7:41AM: Chris Rock’s Top Five started off the weekend box office with an estimated $191,324 in evening shows at some 800 theaters last night, Paramount reports. The pic, written, produced by and starring Rock, expands to 979 theaters today and is expected to take in $6M to $8M in its opening weekend. Rock’s self-homage comedy also stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and Tracy Morgan.

Denise Petski contributed to this report