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Weekend Box Office: Noah Rides Out Flood To Number One

Audiences didn't exactly flood into theaters to see Darren Aronofsky's latest offering, Noah, but the much discussed Biblical adaptation made a solid opening, snagging a clear number one with $44 million. That's by far the largest opening for an Aronofsky film, but Noah also represents his biggest budget to date.

At $125 million plus marketing expenses (and just $55 million in foreign ticket sales so far) the movie isn't set to be wildly profitable, but if it holds strong the next couple of weeks it should give Aronofsky a little more credit with studios who till now have had to consider his edgy and unique storytelling style almost a liability.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest vehicle Sabotage stumbled in at number seven with just $5 million. That's the third movie in a row for the aging action star to open under $10 million, something that rarely occurred in his pre-governor career. Are people done going to the movies to see Arnold in action roles? Maybe it's time for him to start looking at scripts that need a lovable but intimidating grandfather with a thick accent.

The biopic Cesar Chavez opened in 650+ venues this weekend, and while it made more per screen than Sabotage its $3 million total was only enough to warrant twelfth place.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:


Noah *

$44,000,000Total: $44,000,000LW: N

THTRS: 3,567



$26,500,000Total: $95,260,000LW: 1

THTRS: 3,936


Muppets Most Wanted

$11,373,000Total: $33,210,000LW: 2

THTRS: 3,194


Mr. Peabody & Sherman

$9,500,000Total: $94,909,000LW: 3

THTRS: 3,299


God's Not Dead

$9,075,000Total: $22,028,000LW: 4

THTRS: 1,178


The Grand Budapest Hotel

$8,825,000Total: $24,457,000LW: 7

THTRS: 977


Sabotage (2014) *

$5,330,000Total: $5,330,000LW: N

THTRS: 2,486


Need for Speed

$4,335,000Total: $37,753,000LW: 6

THTRS: 2,705


300: Rise of An Empire

$4,300,000Total: $101,145,000LW: 5

THTRS: 2,601



$4,087,000Total: $85,167,000LW: 8

THTRS: 2,515