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Box Office Report: 'Noah' Floats to Top

Jennifer Connolly and Russell Crowe star in 'Noah.' Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Jennifer Connolly and Russell Crowe star in 'Noah.' Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

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 ticket sales.    

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

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