Noah displaced Divergent as the top movie this weekend, grossing $44 million over its debut weekend, early estimates showed today.
Divergent, the top movie during its debut last weekend, held onto second place, with $26.6 million in ticket sales, which put the sci-fi thriller starring Shailene Woodley near the $100 million mark, according to Rentrak.
The biblical Noah from director Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe cost about $130 million to make and did better than expected in its first week out, according to box office trackers.
In third place was Muppets Most Wanted, which grossed about $30 million, followed by Mr. Peabody & Sherman, with $9.5 million and God's Not Dead, with $9 million. '
Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger opened in seventh place, with $5.3 million in ticket sales, according to Rentrak.
Warner Bros. said The LEGO Movie—11th place domestically this weekend with a gross of $3.1 million—had grossed more than $400 million in worldwide ticket sales, $248.3 million domestically, since its opening Feb. 7.
The Grand Budapest Hotel pulled in $8.8 million this weekend,
pushing its cumulative gross to nearly $25 million, as Fox Searchlight expanded
the number of screens showing the comical fable from director Wes Anderson.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman was also nearing $100 million in cumulative
Worldwide, Noah pulled in $77.6 million, according to Rentrak.
Rounding out the top 10 movies, domestically, were sixth-place The Grand Budapest Hotel ($8.8 million), Sabotage ($5.3 million), Need for Speed ($4.3 million), 300: Rise Of An Empire ($4.3) and Non-Stop ($4.1 million).
—City News Service