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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: