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A roughly $15-million debut is predicted for 'Gods of Egypt' -- a $140-million film

A roughly $15-million debut is predicted for 'Gods of Egypt' -- a $140-million film

Movie studio Lionsgate had once hoped that its swords-and-sandals epic "Gods of Egypt" would launch a franchise and help fill the void left by the end of its lucrative "Hunger Games" series. That doesn't look very likely now.

The action-packed, special-effects-driven picture, starring Gerard Butler, is expected to gross roughly $15 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have reviewed pre-release audience surveys.

That would be a weak debut for a picture that cost $140 million to make and millions more to market. Such an unspectacular opening would mean that the movie will have to do especially...

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