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‘Noah’ rains down on ‘Divergent’ and ‘Muppets’ to win U.S. movie box office

By Reuters Staff
March 31, 2014

(Actors Russell Crowe (L) and Hugh Jackman arrive for the UK premiere of “Noah” in Leicester Square in London, March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett)

“Noah”, starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure who built an ark to save his family and specimens of every animal from the great flood, collected $44 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office.

It sailed past last weekend’s winner, “Divergent”, based on the novel by Veronica Roth about a dystopian world divided into factions. “Divergent” collected $26.5 million and a total of $95 million since its March 21 release.

“Muppets Most Wanted”, starring Ty Burrell and Tina Fey with Jim Henson’s furry puppets, was third with $11.4 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates provided by Rentrak.

The road for “Noah” to theaters was bumpy. To counter reports in trade newspapers that Christians disapproved of the film, Paramount Pictures, the film’s distributor, commissioned a survey by Nielsen that found 83 percent of “very religious” moviegoers were anxious to see the film.

That helped push the film well beyond box office experts’ forecast of an opening weekend of about $36 million.

The film, directed by “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” director Darren Aronofsky, was banned from theaters in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries because it was seen by their governments as critical of Islam.

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Here’s my idea for Aranofsky’s next film adaptation of biblical mytholog:
http://postimg.org/image/m8z1ubq1h/

Posted by oddman | Report as abusive
 

I believe that this Noah production it was profited by many christian believers thinking that this was gonna be a great Biblical production, but that was not the end result. Me, personally is one of the most anti-biblical movies of all times; why? because it uses the great name of NOAH as a selling tool to send a totally opposite message.The producers didnt need to put that name on it. They should just give any name and i bet that the so call box movie, would not have such successfull opening.
It could it being a great movie, but it wasnt.

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