'Noah' commands Friday box-office

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noah-posterDarren Aronofsky’s Noah made a strong debut yesterday when it jumped right over Divergent to win Friday’s box office.  While Son of God and God’s Not Dead were modest successes compared to their budgets, Paramount put $125 million into the production budget of Noah, and it’s paid off. It’s on course for a $45 million weekend, which will be a career-best opening for Russell Crowe when he’s top-billed.

The other wide-release opening belonged to Sabotage, which was dead on arrival. It’ll get around $5 million for the weekend. I’d declare Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career revival over, but he still has The Expendables 3 and Terminator: Genesis coming.

Cesar Chavez debuted to $1 million on 664 screens.

Divergent had a big drop in its second week (which was expected), but it’ll wind up with a final gross that more than justifies filming the other two books in its series. Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody & Sherman will continue to claw for the family crowd’s dollars until Rio 2 opens in two weeks. Peabody should make it across the $100 million mark domestically, but its overseas’ performance will ultimately determine its success.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the only wide release next week, and that’ll mean for the first time in box-office history, movies open to more than $40 million for three consecutive weeks in the first third of a year.

Number from BoxOfficeMojo.com

1. Noah – $15.24 million – 1 day
2. Divergent – $8.1 ($76.86) – 8 days
3. Muppets Most Wanted – $2.63 ($24.46) – 8 days
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $2.38 ($18) – 22 days
5. God’s Not Dead – $2.35 ($15.31) – 8 days
6. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $2.2 ($87.61) – 22 days
7. Sabotage – $1.83 – 1 day
8. Non-Stop – $1.2 ($82.28) – 29 days
9. Need for Speed – $1.18 ($34.6) – 15 days
10. 300: Rise of an Empire – $1.17 ($98.02) – 22 days

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