Box Office: ‘Noah’ Poised to Ride Tide to $40 Million Stateside Bow

Noah Movie Darren Aronofsky

Controversy, solid int'l bows could strengthen domestic prospects

The day of reckoning is nigh for Paramount’s Biblical tentpole “Noah,” which looks to ride a wave of recent controversy and solid overseas grosses into Stateside plexes, projected to open at around $40 million in three days.

Internationally, though, Disney will steal headlines, kick-starting it’s roll out for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in 32 territories, including Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, South Korea and the U.K. The Mouse opens the pic in China and Russia next weekend day-and-date with the U.S.

The Darren Aronofsky-directed “Noah,” which has drawn heat from religious groups over some of the liberties taken with the source material, already has seen sizable debuts in certain international territories, including Mexico and South Korea. In Australia, “Noah” commanded more than half of the local marketshare on opening day, with results 20% greater than “Gravity” locally.

So far, “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, has grossed $18.5 million from those three countries. Pic expands to 19 additional territories this weekend.

The film, which cost around $125 million to produce, certainly is positioned like a first-quarter tentpole, with hopes of appealing to audiences beyond faith-based markets. But its playability also depends greatly on how religious auds respond to the film.

Early reviews have been mostly positive, with a 76% positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also bowing domestically, Open Road’s Arnold Schwarzenegger action-thriller “Sabotage” is expected to land in the high-single digits. The film was financed and produced by QED Intl.

Lionsgate-Pantelion’s “Cesar Chavez,” from Participant Media, launches Friday at 664 Stateside locations, with Spanish-dubbed or subtitled versions available at all engagements. Pantelion, Lionsgate’s Hispanic-targeted label, is hitting its stride lately, and has targeted a grassroots marketing campaign for “Cesar Chavez” at Latino political other groups.

The overall domestic box office should see a boost from holdovers, led by Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation “Divergent” entering its second frame with expectations ranging in the mid-$20 millions.

Appealing to the family market are Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” The former film fell flat last weekend, grossing just $19.6 million through Wednesday, while “Peabody” has hit its groove in the spring break corridor, surpassing $83 million domestically.

And continuing to break out in theaters, Fox Searchlight’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” expands again in its fourth frame. In a remarkable platform rollout, the film has grossed nearly $15 million Stateside.

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  1. John Garrett says:

    What did they expect! The director is a devout atheist and an environmental wacko. Why don’t they have Salman Rushdie direct a movie based on a story from the Quran?

  2. Linda K says:

    Three words: Talking Rock People! No, thanks!

  3. Edward Boothe says:

    Telling the story of Noah without mentioning God is about telling the story of Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs wtihout mentioning Snowwhite.

    But what else would you expect from the filthy minded actors in Hollywood. They think they are God.

  4. Mike Jones says:

    I will watch it online for free

  5. anthony says:

    I saw the movie last nite. To not use the name of God and replace it with Creator was just a disrespectful action on part of the atheist director. Also, I can understand that they have 2 hours to fill and need to be creative in some ways but the ‘rock people’ were just stupid. It reminded me of a transformer in the form of a rock. I thought the movie was honestly not very good.

  6. John McCracken says:

    Hollyweird can make a slavery movie based on NO written accounts and drop the “N” bomb dozens of times, yet have reference material available for thousands of years and ignore it. You can fake a lot of stories, but not this one..

  7. nonsenseyousay says:

    Why is Captain America opening up overseas first?

  8. Joe Drager says:

    I understand Hollywood has actual documentary footage of the Arc and of Noah’s personal conversations with the Creator. But I think I’ll wait until next week when it’s at Redbox for $1.27.

  9. Art1 says:

    Don’t support this movie, Christian; you know already that it does not glorify God nor honor His word. So why support it and it’s producer with the provision that God has given you? Instead, check out Ray Comfort’s Living Waters version of the the movie Noah; which is biblical.

  10. Barry bin Inhalin says:

    Another ‘film’ full of Hollywood ‘interpretation’ I do not need. I’m out.

  11. I heard the movie sucked regardless of whether you were religious or not.

  12. Rom says:

    Noah is supposed to be over 900 years old. Who can believe a man ever lived that long? Who can believe anything written on that book? How can one believe in God in 21st century is beyond me. Wake up, go to work & make something happen for yourself guys because God wont help you. Greek Mythology contained brilliant stories, Star Wars too, Comic Books too but no one would ever live their lives according to those. Beyond me I tell you!

    • Capt3292 says:

      The Bible described and recorded events as seen and interpreted by individuals over 2000 years ago in a manner as best that could be described with what they knew about their environment at that time. The events in the bible did occur, a man called Jesus did exist and was executed as did men like Peter, Paul, James and so forth. Age was measured differently 2000 years ago, so the Bible documents that as they measured it then. Floods occur today that cause many deaths and yet we don’t claim that they never happened. How would they have interpreted the tidal waves that occurred in Sri Lanka a few years ago without any knowledge of an earthquake miles out to sea as the cause. The Bible is an excellent reference with a view of day to day life 2000 years ago. Do you have a better reference of those times?

    • Lakota Jake says:

      But you believe a clam lived for 500 years and tortoises live hundreds? No? They do. Have you ever READ THAT book? Name one thing written in it that is not true and name another book written that if the world followed there would be peace and harmony. God has already answered every one of my prayers. Of course nobody would live their lives to those stupid examples. You and your ilk have been saying the same stupidity and persecution of God and the Son for thousands of years and STIll they flourish and atheism is a microscopic minority. Repent and you will be saved – ignore Him and He will ignore you

  13. Steve McFadden says:

    Noah movie concerned about environment not about man’s sin.

  14. Naime says:

    Not mentioning God in a movie about Noah is like not mentioning Marx in a movie about Obama.

  15. noah says:

    No to Noah.

  16. Brent says:

    When it first came out I was already planning to go see it and add it to our collection of DVD’s but after learning what they left out I won’t be watching the movie

  17. sanityisrare says:

    Leave it to Hollywood to “pimp out” a Biblical story for the love of money…and they call the Christians hypocrites…

    • John says:

      These people are seekers after their own lusts. They are trying to get a feel of the socio-political religious environment to see how the secularization of our world is moving along at the same time. The progressives are trying to “deprogram” our world of a Holy Bible influence. This is a test run of our religious resolve. They are stupid and are getting into an ideological fight they will lose badly and forever. They haven’t a clue of what they are doing. Lost and delusional to destroy that which Jesus is building;The New Jerusalem and a new name. 2048 A.D. is the year closer than that I can’t predict but his name is Laughter for God will laugh at the Secular/Hellenistic World for he is omnipotent.

  18. Emma Morrow says:

    They’ve gone to great pains to say they’ve reinterpreted the story of Noah, so I think that’s clear to all now.

    I will probably go see this now. I like every one of the stars, anyway. I wanted to see it, but don’t want anyone stepping on my faith, so now all is clear.

  19. spytheweb says:

    Christian mythology marches on.

    • Phineas Legreee says:

      Around the world the story of the great flood has been recorded by more than 65 different peoples. Unless everyone alive at that time all became suddenly delusional the flood happened.
      Just to clarify there was more than one Noah. Otherwise how would all these different people be seperatly recording the event.

      • AgntOrngVctm says:

        The Earth was one mass with what is known now as Israel at its center. The earth was made to rise up out of the water. When the “fountains of the deep” were let loose the earth sank back down. In Genesis a couple of generations after Noah, the tower of Babel was erected as man once again sank into depravity. The record in Genesis plainly says at that time, the earth split, the “mountains fled” taking whatever people that inhabited them (because of the confusion of tongues with the destruction of the Tower of Babel) to form the current configuration of Earth.
        It’s all written down and available for all to see and study. There’s plenty of truthful narrative to make a captivating 3 hour long movie. Get a computer-based King James Bible and search the New and Old Testaments for “Noah” and “Enoch”. Read the story … it’s all there.

      • The story of Noah was recorded by those survivors in the ark. This was passed down through the generations. The flood in other areas was probably not as devastating as in the area from which Noah came. No doubt the earth was covered by water, but some high areas were probably not affected as much, thus the proliferation of mixed human and animal life all over the world.

  20. Gene says:

    I’m sure this has most liberals heads spinning and vomiting. They must abort a baby as soon as they see it.

  21. Tomonica says:

    try to decipher this: WGAF? if successful you are the selected one percent within society who may possess the intellectual capabilities to serve your country and fellow human by serving in the capacity of chief run on sentence reader.

  22. Sojourner Truth says:

    Once reports come out that the movie is pushing evolution and global warming, Christians will avoid this travesty in large numbers like they did The Last Temptation of Christ.

  23. john smith says:

    It’s just a movie but a movie I do not want to see. So what! Yes I am christian and very much so.

  24. David Johnson says:

    This also know, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such, turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
    These people who made this movie, have no understanding, nor do they want any. They know it’s a lie, but they hope to make a lot of money. They don’t think there will be any consequences for it, they don’t acknowledge any divine power that they are in open defiance of, and they don’t think anyone will demand an explanation of their deeds, but they are wrong. I hope it starts with them losing money, but even if they make “boatloads” of it, they can’t take it with them. If they want to make something up, that’s ok by me, but why do this? Why make a fantasy out of a story that many value as inspired, and then not follow it. They are being led, but not by anything good, and they are serving a purpose, but it isn’t good either. Watch them, and see what follows. Their lives will be troubled, and they will ask why, but they will never get an answer or understand why. I’m not making veiled threats, I’m just saying no good will come to them for doing this. IMO

    • Clee White says:

      Well said, David. Some fail to realize an essential truth in this life; you can’t serve two masters.

      Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Luke 16:13 also)

      When in doubt whether one is serving God or themselves all one must question is, “Are they doing it for the money?”. Money is nothing more than a means of exchange. It comes, it goes. Sometimes people are so poor that all they have is money. Sadly, many don’t see it as a means to serve others and do good. Once I let go of the worry over money and started using it to help those that had less than I did, I found there was plenty of the paper stuff to satisfy every need and then some.

    • John says:

      Jesus began the correct interpretation of Genesis, as a symbolic, spiritual public document when he was on tthe cross. John Ch 19 v 26-27. This was Adam speaking to Eve introducing to the carnal mother her spiritual son Abel. Now that said, I am absolutely confident I know what I am talking about and so does the Papacy and the Patriarch of Constantinople. This said I close this discussion. One more thing, surely Jesus isn’t making living arrangements for “mom” under these circumstances. The literal interpretation is so out of touch with reality its not even funny. Those who did this were using scripture to scare the bejesus out of people.

  25. Daniel says:

    Not only was it not even close to the Biblical story, it stunk period even as fiction. Waste of time and money for something that I was hoping would at least be entertaining.

  26. Loch says:

    The movie “Noah” didn’t mention God but rather “creator” to make it more universal…and somehow turned the story of Noah into a liberal propaganda. Now instead of the reason, “sin”, why God wanted to destroy the earth…. the movie… the “Earth”, which somehow they regard now as god, is angry because of the devastation that man has caused the earth — by building cities, over population and fracking.

    And there was a scene when Noah was thinking of killing those in the ark. What??

    Well…what do you expect from a writer who is a liberal atheist writing about the story of Noah? Rubbish.

    • Wait a minute; the Creator in this movie is the earth? And fracking? So now, thousands of years ago, they were looking for oil? Please tell me you are just being sarcastic. I like good (theatrically) movies but I don’t want to go see propaganda.

  27. “Some liberties taken”?? Like the fact there’s no mention of God ANYWHERE in the entire movie based on a story from the Bible, or the fact that it’s a global warming (oups!) climate change manifesto? Hollyweird makes me want to puke. Keep worshipping the almightly dollar.

  28. Doug Dummy says:

    Friend just saw it and said it sucked.

  29. I’m glad people are thinking about Noah.

    Aronofsky should be reassured Noah existed and his sons and their descendants be traced through Chronicles in the Bible and archaeology to people and places today. In 2002, Holocaust survivors asked an artist to “Find Noah”, and in three internet days, he found all the grandchildren and where they lived. Why are the 7 Noahide laws, for Jews and Gentiles alike, still the basis for law on earth? I don’t think Mr. Aronofsky knows.

    Please experience…. http://www.NoahIsReal.com , a four part interactive essay where Noah’s descendants are traced through architecture, art history and the 3 style of hats, one for each family of Noah’s sons, the meteor that struck earth in 3123 bce and “messed things up” and more.

  30. RJ says:

    I will not go see it…It’s a FRAUD on the BIBLE…

    • PETER says:

      What the hell is a “fraud on the Bible”? Both Testaments are not written in stone, RJ. They’ve been rewritten and retranslated many times over the centuries, altering and changing all their subject matter and myths and legends. Are you really that backward to think otherwise?

      • Septuagint was 300, not 3000 years before Christ. Typo on my part.

      • Dude, there are literally thousands of copies, whole and partial, of every part of the New Testament which date to within 50 years of the death of Christ, and they are consistent in their message. The “game of telephone” criticism of the Bible is another one of the completely untrue and totally disproven lies out there. It is a false claim, and anyone who makes it proves nothing more than his total and complete ignorance. As for the OT, it was translated into Greek 3000 years before Christ, and those copies also are available (Septuagint) and largely confirm the Hebrew text.

  31. nedarc says:

    Disney the ‘Family friendly Corp.’ has for decades now been overtaken by agnostics and atheists.

  32. TM says:

    It will fade quickly after the hype.

  33. Plisken says:

    Piece of crap

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  35. Travln Texan says:

    The Lord works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. The great pharaohs of Egypt were no match for the one Holy God and neither will an atheist producer.

  36. Clee White says:

    I Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron

    If anyone has any questions whatsoever about what is going on in this world today, I heartily suggest cracking open a bible and read tomorrows headlines today! Start with Ecclesiastes 1, Matthew 24, Ezekiel, Isaiah. Just remember, nothing is new under the sun, everything has happened before and will happen again.

    • AKS says:

      Yeah, or he’ll kill you too.

    • David Johnson says:

      Reading the Bible, if you do it with a serious intent, will change your way of thinking in ways that will surprise you when you look back on it. Ephesians 5:26 talks about being sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the water of the word. If you read this along with Clee Whites comment, and your life is not what you would have it be, then why not try it, it will help you find peace and give you understanding of what’s going on in life today, only don’t leave it to a church to tell you what it means, God will teach you if you are sincere. It is time to do this seriously, the signs are all around us. This movie “Noah” is just one more.

  37. Same liberal theme as usual the earth and the animals are wonderful and the humans are a virus on the planet so we need to kill them all. Noah even wants to kill his entire family.
    So it’s garbage and won’t see a dime of my families money…

  38. Uaint says:

    This is like the sequel to kevin costner in water world that was another global warming/environmentalist ploy. no thanks. already seen it.

  39. lyndaloo says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I love ALL the actors in it. A great director too.

  40. Kevin says:

    If you have a problem with it DONT WATCH IT

  41. Mike says:

    Why are jews making movies about christian themes? Thats kinda like letting muslims run the gay parade.

    • Dynnik says:

      hahaha! Mike, you moron! Honestly, the ignorance…

    • Rellik says:

      I think it would be very funny to watch Moslems dealing with a “Gay” parade, and only allow knives.

    • Burt says:

      Um, Genesis is in the OLD Testament…

      • iamborghue says:

        Yes, Genesis is in the OT, but this movie is not biblical. Noah was chosen by God, not the Earth, because of angels defiling man by copulating with women, creating a race of giants. If Aronofsky would have created a movie like that, I would be all in. At this point, I’m still on the fence whether I want to go see another global warming propaganda film, even if it’s made well. One of the greatest movies of all time was a film that honored God, even if it wasn’t totally accurate (The Ten Commandments).

      • Col. Angus says:

        Well, not the way this movie is written. It apparently has nothing to do with the Holy Bible.

  42. retired military says:

    If I wanted to hear about global warming I would have listened to Al Bore Gore for free.

    He is up at the north pole which btw according to him is ice free this year,

    Wont go see this garbage..

  43. Kate says:

    Hollyweird has spent millions to get people to watch this godless move. It isn’t about the story in the Bible in any way except for the boat and the animals. I expect it hasn’t made as much money as they are telling us after all the costs of the ads.

  44. Kate H: The canard that the story of Noah comes from Gilgamesh has been completely and totally deconstructed and repudiated. Please bring theories more current than 40 years ago to the table if you wish to challenge the historicity of Genesis 6-10. The Bible story is the most complete and detailed account of the flood, and all other flood accounts, which come from cultures across the globe, exist because there was actually a flood, and every culture which arose after Genesis 10 carried a story of the flood based on the historic event and not based on it being a cool fairy tale.

  45. Wide Awake says:

    I will not waste my money on this blatant fabrication of the real truth by Oranofsky! Hollywood can pay for this one, not the American public.

    • AKS says:

      “real’ truth? What other kind is there?

      • MrRedNeckParadise says:

        You complain that Hollywood doesn’t make films for conservatives and Christians, but when they do, you complain that the movie doesn’t match your doctrines and teachings.

        Honey. Vinegar. Flies. That sort of thing.

        (…and you folks need to actually read your own bibles. It doesn’t say what you see, to think it says, especially wrt loving kindness, charity and love, ’cause you don’t actually practice those things in real life.)

      • iamborghue says:

        The kind of “truth” that our education is trying to change now. When I think about how our education system has fallen, I remember the words my father told me decades ago, “Do not be surprised if one day Martin Luther King Jr. will be a white man”.

  46. bluesky2heaven says:

    Why don’t they tell the story the way it is written?

  47. Kate H says:

    The genuine source material for the story of Noah would actually be the Mesopotamian ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’. The story of the flood was incorporated into the Judaeo-Christian-Islamic mythology but is not exclusive to it. The followers of these faiths might like to reflect that the story doesn’t actually belong to them; that the makers of ‘Noah’ have been astonishingly indulgent enough towards their dubious superstitions already; and that if they genuinely can’t cope with that then there’s absolutely no obligation for them to see it or pass any comment on it whatsoever.

    • draconianbruin says:

      Genuine source material is the Epic of Gilgamesh? Are you sure? As you yourself noted, a flood is not exclusive to Judeo-Christian beliefs – perhaps for a reason. Besides, have you read the Epic of Gilgamesh? As I recall, there was no flood, but rather a mention of a flood that happened sometime before Gilgamesh.

      Regardless, even if The Epic of Gilgamesh had a fully incorporated flood story, it makes little sense to call a movie ‘Noah’ then base it, not on Noah, but on Gilgamesh.

      However, feel free to lavish in your own hate that is so clearly palpable for those whose faith or views differs from your own. This is the type of ignorant hate that only a progressive can call tolerance.

      • Kelly says:

        Peter, you meant right wing not ring? You may want to know who you are trying to insult before calling someone else stupid.

      • PETER says:

        Keep talking, Kate. You at least have studied the reality of the Old Testament’s myths and legends just like Nordic myths and myths from around the world and Ancient Greek and Roman myths and gods and what have you. For the right ring Christians to think that today’s Old Testament Bible was reality is totally insane! Just shows you how stupid, uneducated, shallow they are. The myths of the Old Testament and the New Testament and many other religious writings have been written, rewritten, translated and retranslated many times, changing everything by mistake or to satisfy whomever at that time. Wake up, folks, and research many sources on Noah and the OId Testament. Oh, can’t do that, right? Too real. It’s gotta be extremely simple and fake for your simple, lazy minds.

  48. Adrienne says:

    “Ride the Wave”? “Ride the Tide”? Seems like the writer is trying to ride the pun.

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