Darren Aronofsky's Noah, led by an all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone, managed to hit the weekend box office like a tsunami (that will be the last water pun), managing to earn itself $44 million, despite the protests and controversy recently drummed up by a number of religious groups.
The film still has a long way to go just to break even with its enormous budget (not including the extensive print and ad campaign), but the film is doing well overseas as well, nabbing $51.1 million, bringing its worldwide total to an impressive $95 million opening.
The young adult sci-fi action thriller Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Ray Stevenson, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Theo James, and dozens of similar-looking gorgeous twenty-year-olds, dropped 51.5 percent, but still managed to earn an impressive $26.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $95.2 million, surpassing its comparatively moderate $85 million budget.
In its second weekend, Divergent was able to make as much or more than many of the recent young adult franchise failures made in their entire theatrical runs, including The Host ($26 million), Beautiful Creatures ($19.4 million), and Vampire Academy ($7.7 million).
Muppets Most Wanted managed to drop just one spot, earning $11.3 million, which is a 33.1 percent drop from last weekend. The Muppets have faced negative reviews and lackluster enthusiasm this time around, and have only managed to earn $33.2 million off a $50 million budget. If the film is lucky, it might break even before ending its theatrical run, but Captain America's release next weekend won't do it any favors.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman has managed to cling high on the list, earning $9.5 million, bringing it's total to $94.9 million. That is not a bad haul for most films, but somehow Mr. Peabody cost a mind-boggling $145 million (compared to The LEGO Movie's totally reasonable $60 million budget) and has yet to come close to breaking even after four weeks.
Shockingly, the small-budget religious film God's Not Dead, based off a chain email popular ten years ago, only dropped 1.5 percent to fall one spot and come in at number five with $9 million dollars. Some experts think the religious groups opposed to Noah went to see God's Not Dead in support of a more-traditional religious film, thus bolstering its returns despite terrible reviews.
The Grand Budapest Hotel remains a small-scale indie juggernaut by distinguishing itself as the only film to gain more money than the previous weekend, increasing 30 percent and snagging $8.8 million. The increase came from playing in an additional 673 theaters (for a total of 977 nationwide), and universally positive reviews.
Sabotage fell hard, like a DEA agent bursting into a drug house, tripping on their own shoe-laces and falling face first onto the floor. This powerhouse cast including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard and Josh Holloway, just to name a few, burst into the top ten at a staggeringly disappointing 7th place, only stealing $5.3 million in its first weekend, against a $35 million budget. Despite its poor performance, the film isn't going to go down as a legendary bomb, due to its relatively low budget.
Arron Paul's action film Need for Speed, which earned $4.3 million, 300: Rise of An Empire, which earned $4.3 million, and The LEGO Movie, which earned $3.1 million, rounded out the weekend top ten.
1. Noah - $44 million
2. Divergent - $26.5 million
3. Muppets Most Wanted - $11.3 million
4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $9.5 million
5. God's Not Dead - $9 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. The LEGO Movie – 3.1 million