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BOX OFFICE: ‘Noah’ Rises, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises As Schwarzenegger Brought To Knees
Deadline Hollywood ^ | 03/29/2014 | By ANITA BUSCH

Posted on 03/29/2014 7:49:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Estimates for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah are now anywhere from $41M to $44.6M based on a strong $15M Friday box office.

I wondered while writing the box office last night if Southern CA audiences watching the film when the earthquake hit got a little seasick thinking how realistic the special effects were.

Noah (PAR) was playing like a mainstream movie when it opened, but that bump indicates that it had some cross-over from the faith-based audiences which continue to keep God’s Not Dead in business. noahmovieAlthough based on the Biblical story, Noah doesn’t mention the name God once – how funny that God’s Not Dead made such a surprise second weekend showing, as if to say, ‘Oh yeah?’ The faith-based film that stars Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo is continuing to play strong in its second weekend and this morning is expected to take $7.8M to $8M for the three-day or a per screen of $6,800. That would only be a 15% drop — a phenom hold as usually the pattern for faith-based films is to open big and then drop around 60% the following weekend.

Noah has already bowed overseas and most recent numbers from Paramount show that it has made $28.3M through Friday (for more on its international performance, see Nancy Tartaglione’s International report here).

Divergent (LGF) in its second weekend had an $8.2M Friday and is estimated to take in $26M+ for a 52% FSS drop (not too bad) as it moves its way to the $100M mark. It should end the weekend with around $95M. The studio has been quite adept at launching franchises (The Hunger Games) and Divergent – based on the Veronica Roth YA series – chalks up another from them.

However, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led Sabotage from QED and Open Road Films is the aging action star’s lowest gross yet since leaving politics. The bloody R-rated picture from David Ayer (Training Day) has been upgraded slightly to a possible $5.4M weekend, but that can’t help this flagging film as U.S. audiences have spoken three times already on their lack of interest in Arnold. How ironic that Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) also stars.

As previously mentioned, it’s another great weekend for The Grand Budapest Hotel which added 673 runs as it expands across the nation. Audiences just love this quirky Wes Anderson ensemble which is likely to take in $8M to $8.3M racking up another strong per screen — this time over 8K over the 3-day. Every indication is that Warner Bros.’ 300: Rise of an Empire will cross the $100M mark and then some as estimates this morning have it ending the weekend with $101M. And Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is in a tie with Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman for the No. 3 spot in its second weekend out but its weekend-to-weekend drop is not bad at 43%. It truly does play to adults as well, which I literally had to see to believe. Here are numbers as they look this morning:

1). Noah (PAR), 3,567 theaters / $14.9M to $15.1M Fri./ 3-day cume: $41M to $44.6M / Wk 1

2). Divergent (LGF), 3,936 theaters (0) / $8.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $26.1M to $26.5M / Total cume: $95M / Wk 2

3/4). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,299 theaters (-308) / $2.18M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.1M to $9.8M / Total cume: $94.9M to $95.3M / Wk 4

Muppets Most Wanted (DIS), 3,194 theaters (0) / $2.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.6M to $9.9M / Total Cume: $31.6M to $31.8M / Wk 2

5). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL), 977 theaters (+673) / $2.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $8M to $8.3M / Per screen: $8,400 / Total cume: $24M / Wk 4

6). God’s Not Dead (FREE), 1,178 theaters (+362) / $2.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.7M to $8M / Per screen: $6,780 / Total cume: $20.7M to $21M / Wk 2

7). Sabotage (OPRD), 2,486 theaters / $1.78M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.38M / Wk 1

8/9). Need For Speed (DIS), 2,705 theaters (-410) / $1.1 Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.1M / Total cume: $37.5M / Wk 3

300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 2,601 theaters (-484) / $1.17M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4M to $4.1M / Total cume: $100.9M / Wk 4

10). Non-Stop (UNI), 2,515 theaters (-430) / $1.15M Fri./ 3-day cume: $3.8M to $4M / Total cume: $84.9M to $85.1M / Wk 5

NOTEWORTHY: Cesar Chavez (LGF), 664 theaters / $1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.1M to $3.5M / Per screen: $3,550 / Wk 1; Bad Words (FOCUS) 842 theaters (+755) / $780K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.7M / Per screen: $3,190 / Total cume: $3.58M


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; godsnotdead; hollywood; movies; noah; noahthemovie

1 posted on 03/29/2014 7:49:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A collection of FREEPER threads on the movie - Noah ...

Religious tide turns against ‘Noah’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138393/posts

Noah: a classic blunder
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3138403/posts

Nine problems with the movie “Noah”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138569/posts

Don’t Get Punked by Paramount’s Pagan Noah Film
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3138604/posts

Noah – The Emperor’s New Movie (The Utter Embarrassing Mess of ‘Noah’)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3138663/posts

‘Noah’ Review: Brilliantly Sinister Anti-Christian Filmmaking
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138716/posts

Noah, The Film: All Washed Up
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts

Box Office: ‘Noah’ Winning Over Faith-Based and Mainstream Moviegoers
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138788/posts

No meat at ‘Noah’ party
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138805/posts

The Noah Movie: Our Detailed Review [Christian Review]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138815/posts

The Noah Movie: Deconstructing Noah’s Ark; Godawful Storytelling
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138821/posts

Atheist ‘Noah’ director brags film is least biblical Bible movie ever
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138830/posts

Moviegoers Are Thinking Things Over After Earthquake Hits During ‘Noah’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138838/posts

Ken Ham: The Unbiblical ‘Noah’ Is a Fable of a Film
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138844/posts

Box Office: Moviegoers Flock to ‘Noah’… But Hate It
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138851/posts


2 posted on 03/29/2014 7:52:48 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

hehe

And there will be many more.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 7:55:59 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

I have not seen Divergent or Noah….I want to see Divergent eventually. I never wanted to see Noah at all, but feel I must be missing out as everyone is flocking to see it so I might have to break down and see it. It looked boring to me but the constant marketing from Free Republic and other conservatives are making it too enticing to pass up so we will see.

I did see these two incredible films Non-Stop and God’s no Dead…..Great films that Free Republic should be talking about more and leave the successful Noah alone.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 7:57:29 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: SeekAndFind
If you see it playing in your area, check out this family movie reviewed by the Wall Street Journal:

A Film Races Against the Odds ("50 to 1")

This from another review at the link:

It is hard to resist such an emotional victory, won not by the high and mighty sippers of mint juleps, but the scrappy cowpunchers from the land of chili peppers. There are a few scenes in the movie that got it a PG-13 rating. Otherwise, Mine That Bird, the movie, could very well be the best family film out there. The owner's prayer that the horse just not finish last was more than answered, to put it mildly. In my opinion, 50:1 also qualifies as a modern Western, the beleaguered genre going through tough times. Recommended.

Examiner.com: Mine That Bird, the Movie

5 posted on 03/29/2014 8:06:20 PM PDT by CedarDave (John Bolton comparing Kerry to Putin: "A cupcake negotiating with a steak knife.")
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To: Star Traveler

I read the novel Divergent last weekend, and saw the movie too. I liked both.

I skipped Noah this weekend, and took my family to God’s Not Dead. Full house. Loved it.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 8:15:50 PM PDT by News Junkie ( Reason and Faith)
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To: jjotto

Noah, the anti-religion movie


7 posted on 03/29/2014 8:21:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Schwarzenegger - AKA tootin’ shootin’ Hollywood hero. But in real life, a pissy gun grabber. BUZZ OFF YA DOPE! Go back to Austria and speak Austrian, or sumptin’.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 8:36:07 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: GeronL

***Noah,***

I read the book. It is more concise.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 8:46:01 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: napscoordinator

Is Divergent another stupid female empowerment movie like Hunger Games?


10 posted on 03/29/2014 8:48:21 PM PDT by Clemenza (Lurking)
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To: napscoordinator

What are you talking about? I’ve not read one positive thing on FR about the “successful Noah” (your words).


11 posted on 03/29/2014 9:06:05 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: napscoordinator

I did see these two incredible films Non-Stop and God’s no Dead…..Great films that Free Republic should be talking about more and leave the successful Noah alone.


Non-Stop was talked about here. It was spoiled too. Many chose not to see it cause military veterans were made into the bad guys.


12 posted on 03/30/2014 12:53:29 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Clemenza

Yes.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 12:54:12 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: PistolPaknMama

I’ve not read one positive thing on FR about the “successful Noah” (your words).

Oh the “successful Noah” are not my words either but the receipts from the movie. I know it has not had any positive news on FR, but it has had a ton of news which is what marketing is all about. There is no such thing as negative exposure. That is one reason why the movie has had people going to the movie in droves. The awareness level hit volcanic levels which every movie studio would love.


14 posted on 03/30/2014 4:13:53 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: RginTN

I though it was the teacher who looked bad. I don’t remember military veterans having a bad time and I saw the movie and am a retired military member so that would have caught my attention.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 4:14:58 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Clemenza

I think so, but again have not seen it.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 4:15:33 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: PistolPaknMama

I think some people receive a stipend for posting ... :-) ...


17 posted on 03/30/2014 5:49:52 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: SeekAndFind

I went to see God’s Not Dead yesterday, it was thoroughly enjoyable


18 posted on 03/30/2014 7:55:23 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: jjotto

btt


19 posted on 03/30/2014 8:18:05 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: Clemenza

Yes it reminded me of Hunger Games. I actually liked Divergent better though.


20 posted on 03/30/2014 8:43:57 AM PDT by sheana
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To: SeekAndFind; zot; NYer; Salvation; markomalley; Interesting Times; tired&retired

Friends from church saw “God Is NOt Dead” last night and recommend it highly.


21 posted on 03/30/2014 9:46:06 AM PDT by GreyFriar ( Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar
Friends from church saw “God Is NOT Dead” last night and recommend it highly.

Ditto.

22 posted on 03/30/2014 2:12:19 PM PDT by zot
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To: GreyFriar
Just came from the movie and watched "God's Not Dead". It was well made. It had a good storyline. The acting was excellent.

I highly recommend this move. There are about 12 theaters where the movie was playing. I went to the 4:30 showing. Every seat was taken. At the end the crowd cheered. None of the other movies showing had more than a few people in their theaters.

23 posted on 03/30/2014 5:45:28 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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