Box Office Roundup: Noah Opens Strong

By Peter Towe

Published on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah finished number one in its opening weekend, taking in an estimated $44 million domestically.  With a budget reportedly around $120-160 million, Noah opened strong both overseas and now domestically.  Noah should continue to perform well, but with Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming out later this week, it may eat into its IMAX numbers.  Last week’s champ Divergent finished second with another $26.5 million adding to its $56 million opening weekend.

The weekend was not kind to Mr Schwarzenegger, as his latest effort Sabotage earned a lousy $5.3 million and finishing seventh in its opening weekend.  This was the worst weekend for him since 1985’s Red Sonja. Arnold has yet to have a hit in his post political career, but as he moves closer to the new Terminator franchise, things may get easier for “The Governator”.

The weekend was great for director Wes Anderson, as The Grand Budapest Hotel has moved up yet anther spot, finishing  sixth with $8.8 million.  This was the most successful weekend at the box office for the director, who’s previous record was The Royal Tenenbaums with $8.5 million.  So far, the film has grossed $24.4 million, as it continues to expand to new theaters.

Here’s the full top-ten from the weekend box office.

1. Noah $44 million

2. Divergent $26.5 million

3. Muppets Most Wanted $11.4 million

4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $9.5 million

5. God’s Not Dead $9.1 million

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel $8.8 million

7. Sabotage $5.3 million

8. Need for Speed $4.3 million

9. 300: Rise of an Empire $4.3 million

10. Non-Stop $4.1 million

 

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