Box Office: ‘Noah’ Makes Good With $44 Mil Stateside; ‘Captain America’ Scores $75 Mil O’seas

Noah Movie Darren Aronofsky

Paramount pic polarizes domestic auds, with record-setting bow in Russia

Paramount’s Biblical tentpole “Noah” embarked on what looks to be a successful journey globally this weekend, grossing $77.6 million worldwide, of which an estimated $44 million came from Stateside theaters.

As of Sunday, the film has cumed more than $95 million globally, thanks to an early overseas roll out last weekend in Mexico and South Korea. Pic scored $17.2 million in Russia this weekend, the largest bow for a non-sequel locally.

Also bowing early internationally, Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed a stellar $75.2 million from 32 territories, representing approximately 57% of the overseas market place. By comparison, the original “Captain America” grossed only $40 million from the same bucket of territories in 2011.

“With the strong reactions from audiences as they come in, this certainly looks to rank as one of the top Marvel films,” said Disney worldwide distribution topper Dave Hollis.

“Winter Soldier,” which bows next weekend domestically, earned its top grosses from South Korea and the U.K., which contributed nearly $11 million each.

Meanwhile, Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said the $125 million-budgeted “Noah” benefited from “increased attention,” both domestically and abroad, surrounding the debate over helmer Darren Aronofsky’s loose adaptation of the Biblical story. Imax also goosed domestic grosses, contributing $6.2 million (about $1 million more than what was expected).

“This movie has so much creativity in it and people are tying to wrap their head around whether that’s OK,” Moore told Variety. “Now people actually will have the movie to talk about and less to speculate about.”

Because of the film’s artistic treatment, which includes an environmentally conscious message, reactions were divided among Stateside moviegoers: The film scored an overall ‘C’ rating, though 63% of the audience rated the pic ‘B’ or better vs. only 15%, which gave it a ‘D’ or ‘F’.

“This is a movie that is very compelling that people will talk about,” Moore said.

Overall, the domestic box office was down just a hair from this same weekend last year, when three films each grossed north of $20 million, led by “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” with $40.5 million.

Also bowing wide this weekend, Open Road’s Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller “Sabotage” stalled with a paltry $5.3 million from 2,486 locations. Pic marks the latest dud for Schwarzenegger, whose other recent mid-sized pics “The Last Stand” and “Escape Plan” also flopped at the box office.

Doing solid business, however, Lionsgate-Pantelion’s aggressive limited release of Latino-targeted biopic “Cesar Chavez” grossed an estimated $3 million at 664 locations.

Among the domestic holdovers, Lionsgate-Summit’s “Divergent” led the charge, estimating $26.5 million, down a respectable 51%, for a Stateside cume surpassing $95 million in two weeks.

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  1. MARK TRAINA says:


    CHRISTIANS – are asked to BOYCOTT this FLICK:


  2. Snowball says:

    Why does Noah also say Knower? Type the question in on Goggle.

  3. ted says:

    Having a biblical movie without God is the ultimate stretch.

  4. T Biddlecombe says:

    Noah was the WORST movie I have seen in recent memory. I went opening night which was a mistake because the theatre was packed with other suckers and I couldn’t leave. My feeling was that a movie should be thought provoking at best and at least entertaining this was neither, insulting and ridiculous. It was a transformer movie in disguise. It was the biggest waste of time and money I have endured, If anyone starts a class action suit for movies that should have never been made, sign me up.

  5. Just Say No-ah to Aranofsky’s “Noah”

    Dark, dreary, dismal.

    Those words not only aptly describe the newly-released, super-hyped blockbuster “Noah” but also the psyche of its primary writer-director, Darren Aronofsky. As for the film, add dumb, dull, and depressing as well. I’d give it three stars, one for the special effects, one for Jennifer Connolly, and one for Emma Watson. Otherwise, “Noah” gets zero stars; okay, to be generous, half a star.

    A skilled and much-heralded director, Aronofsky drops the ball with “Noah,” especially with the depiction of the massive, ridiculous-looking Watchers. The rocky Watchers do add a certain, unintended comic touch that would appeal to my seven year old grandson but he can’t see the movie anyway because it’s rated PG13.

    Aronofsky has enigmatically said his latest effort is ”the least biblical biblical film ever made” yet he believes every part of the story fits the biblical narrative.

    Umm, not quite.

    The narrative relates to the story in “Genesis” involving Methuselah’s grandson, Noah or Noach, who is told by a vengeful God to build an ark so that he and his family will survive the flood that God was planning to punish the rest of evil humankind but the director takes a great deal of creative license from that point.

    With the convenient assistance of the powerful Watchers, Noah does as instructed, builds a nice, big ark, loads it with two of every living creature on Earth, floats off into a raging storm, and ultimately saves the world even if he’s very unhappy about his accomplishment.

    What’s most curious about God in Aronofsky’s film is that God gets no mention in it.

    “The Creator” gets frequent references but not God. That omission may reflect the Jewish-born director’s atheism but still doesn’t account for the existence of a “Creator” who must be someone other than the Deity. But who? If “Noah” is in fact “the least biblical biblical film ever made,” just who or what is that mysterious “Creator”?

    If God didn’t save mankind, then why didn’t Aronofsky just title his flick, “A Crazy Guy Builds A Big Boat”?

    And, Russell Crowe’s rendition of the protagonist is indeed nuts. However, I won’t spoil it for those who still want to see “Noah.” I also won’t spell out the blatant, liberal-leftist propagandizing in the film particularly the heavy-handed environmentalist bullsh*t since those have already been vehemently articulated.

    I would cite another particularly unsurprising omission, though: the curse of Ham, not the cold cut variety.

    Ham, Noah’s second son begat when Noah was over 500 years old, has a confrontation with his father and storms off to parts unknown. . . (Read more at

  6. onmedea says:

    Get ready for a flood (pun intended, I suppose) of new Biblical movies to come out in the next 2-3 years. Manka Bros. is producing “The Book of Habakkuk” for nearly $300 million!

  7. We went and saw Noah and just found it to be too much in pretty much every way. I was intrigued by the previews on TV but the movie overall was something to watch once, discuss and forget.

  8. Kopec says:

    Noah is not base in the Biblie so please don’t star the article with paramounts biblical cause it’s wrong

  9. IDK – feels like a less than +ive gross for a weekend opener. I know the estimates ranged from $35mm to $50mm. Still, (and we will never see this) but this isn’t anything to brag about. I am interested in learning where this performance stacks up for Russell Crowe. #1 Maximus (GLadiator) The openeing sequence in this is one of cinema;s finest moments #2. Beautiful Mind ( outstanding supporting cast- why have they not surfaced more?) is it #3. Noah ?? or is it more like: #3. Cinderella Man #4. Master and Commander #5. 3:10 to Yuma #6. The INsider #7 Noah. Please share when free. ty

  10. Luke says:

    NOAH’s $44 million dollar haul certainly gives Paramount a lot to Crowe about this weekend. I wonder if Christian folk will turn in mass to the Sunday matinees like they did Saturday and push the final weekend total over the $45million dollar mark. Either way, the movie will earn about $15+ million more dollars than forecast. Paramount could have another World War Z ( about $600 million worldwide) on its hands, far exceeding expectations and a lot more faith friendly.

    • (reverse this with Lindo reply below). Ahhh, yes, very smart idea to use Nolte’s voice… no, not because he decided against a Kenny Rogers cosmetic alteration, but because his voice is perfect- proven and tested- with +ive results seem in HULK.

  11. Linda Prince says:

    TRUELY AWFUL. CGI rock monsters, Noah wants to murder his newborn grandchildren, then naked, drunk in a cave. So far from he Bible story that they should rename it. “Nutty Noah”

    • hIGHly optimisitc perspective… with religious comments added, slightly sub-mockery. Upbeat, for sure.

    • Kate H says:

      “And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.” – Genesis, Chapter 9, verses 20-23.

  12. Glenn C. says:

    I think Glenn Beck should see the film first before blasting it! The bottom line is that the story is from the bible. That’s all you need. If you’ve ever read the bible (Glenn Beck) you will know this. Correct?Glad it’s doing well.

    • Glenn Beck ( who I never follow, am indifferent) but he actually raised a few meaningful points. IMO he has the right view. For those who disagree – check out what Bill Maher said- they may find comfort there. (Maher blasts God as a raging killer). There will be 2 camps…

    • Bill says:

      Glenn saw a showing at Paramount.

      That said, I haven’t heard a single word of mouth review that was positive from friends, Christian or not.7

  13. Chelsea says:

    Can’t wait to see both these movies. :)

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