Russell Crowe as Noah in the upcoming film "Noah." Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Noah Survives the Storm, Earning the Top Spot at the Box Office This Weekend

Despite heavy criticism in amongst mainstream audiences for its take on the subject, the biblical epic Noah survived the storm, earning the Top Spot at the Box Office this weekend.

The film, which starred Russell Crowe in the title role, brought in an estimated $44 million over the weekend. Noah performed slightly better in the foreign markets, where they pulled an estimated $51.1 million. Of course, some of those markets had a few extra days with the film, so in the end, it all balances out. The two combined gives Noah an estimated worldwide gross of $95.1 million.

Dropping one spot to number two this week is Divergent. While the film saw about a 51.5% drop off from last week, this is nothing to worry about for Summit Entertainment. The same thing happened when the first film in the Twilight Saga was released in November of 2008. The film pulled in an estimated $26.5 million, which elevates their two week total to $95.3 million.

Coming in third place this weekend is Muppets Most Wanted. The follow up to the 2011 film The Muppets brought in an estimated $11.4 million over the weekend, raising the film’s two week domestic gross to $33.2 million. The film hasn’t performed nearly as well in the foreign markets, pulling only $7.5 million. This brings Muppets Most Wanted’s worldwide gross to an estimated $40.7 million. This is on par with the release of the first film; which was released in November of 2011.

It would seem as if the top 5 films this weekend have all just shifted down one spot, as Mr. Peabody & Sherman came in at number four this weekend, earning an estimated $9.5 million. This brings the film’s domestic total to an approximate $94.9 million. The film has done slightly better in the foreign market, bringing in an estimated $123.1 million, elevating the film’s worldwide gross to $218 million.

Rounding out the Top 5 this weekend is the film God’s Not Dead. Falling one spot from last week, the film brought in an estimated $9.08 million. This brings the drama’s two week total to $22 million.

Debuting rather low this weekend is the latest action flick from Arnold Schwarzenegger entitled Sabotage. Opening in just under 2,500 theaters, Sabotage only pulled in an estimated $5.3 million. This is significantly lower than the $34.8 million that films like The Expendables pulled in back in 2010. I am not sure whether it was the film’s toned down marketing campaign or that moviegoers are just over the traditional big budget action film, but one would hope that the film sees a small boost after people start to see the film and begin to talk about it.

Here is a look at the Top 10 films at the Box Office this weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

  Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 Noah $44 million $44 million 1
2 Divergent $26.5 million $95.3 million 2
3 Muppets Most Wanted $11.4 million $33.2 million 2
4 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $9.5 million $94.9 million 4
5 God’s Not Dead $9.08 million $22 million 2
6 The Grand Budapest Hotel $8.83 million $24.5 million 4
7 Sabotage $5.3 million $5.3 million 1
8 Need for Speed $4.33 million $37.8 million 3
9 300: Rise of an Empire $4.3 million $101.1 million 4
10 Non-Stop $4.09 million $85.2 million 5

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