Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 30th, 2014

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March 30 Box Office Noah Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 30th, 2014

There were a few surprises at the box office this weekend, as an aging action star struggled for relevance while a controversial film made the biggest splash.

The biblical epic Noah (read our review) is the number 1 film this weekend with $44 million. While some questioned whether Noah would be able to shake the controversy surrounding its adaptation, the film was able to do more than that.

Noah is now director Darren Aronofsky’s biggest opening and a big hit for Paramount. Not to mention, the film has grossed $95 million worldwide.

Coming in at a distant number 2 is Divergent with $26.5 million. Although the YA adaptation held a lot better than most films of its ilk do, Divergent is by no means on the same level as The Hunger Games or Twilight…yet. With $95 million earned after only two weeks, Divergent has already cemented its place as the next big YA franchise, and its sequel Insurgent could pull big numbers in 2015.

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Muppets Most Wanted comes in at number 3 with $11.3 million, which brings its domestic total up to $33 million. While this second Muppets movie (of this latest run) is well behind its predecessor in terms of overall gross, it is actually tracking slightly ahead in terms of second weekend numbers. Still, it seems unlikely that Disney will want to move forward on a third film based solely on box office receipts.

In at number 4 is Mr. Peabody & Sherman with $9.5 million. The animated film has pulled in $94 million in domestic theaters and $218 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top 5 is God’s Not Dead with $9 million. The religious-themed film held extremely well this weekend and only dropped 1% from last week, an especially impressive feat considering the film added about 300 screens to its count. Thus far, God’s Not Dead has grossed $22 million.

The number 6 film this weekend is The Grand Budapest Hotel with $8.8 million. Yet again this latest film from acclaimed indie director Wes Anderson has posted a strong per-screen average ($9,033/screen) and crept further up the top 10. All told, the film has accrued $24 million on less than 1,000 screens.

Coming in at number 7 is Sabotage (read our review) with $5.3 million. While the performances of recent Schwarzenegger films like Escape Plan ($9.9 million) and The Last Stand ($6 million) suggested that audiences were no longer interested in the aging action star, Sabotage‘s abysmal opening all but confirms it.

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It seems it doesn’t matter if the film is rated R, rated PG-13, features fellow big name actors, or even high profile directors – Schwarzenegger’s name simply no longer resonates with moviegoers like it once did.

Need for Speed is the number 8 movie this weekend with $4.33 million, which brings its domestic total up to $37 million. Though the domestic grosses are likely not what the studios were hoping for when they first announced the project, Need for Speed has done decent business overseas, perhaps enough to justify a second go ’round. The film has made $168 million worldwide.

In at number 9 is 300: Rise of an Empire with $4.3 million. The big budget sequel has now eclipsed the $100 million mark with $101M after 4 weeks. While that’s a far cry from the original 300‘s $210 million, Rise of an Empire‘s worldwide total of $314 million is extremely impressive.

Rounding out the top 10 is Non-Stop with $4 million. The Liam Neeson thriller has done quite well for itself, amassing $85 million over the past 5 weeks and has more than proven that Liam Neeson is still a big draw when starring in films not titled Taken.

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Outside the top 10: Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words (read our review) pulled in $2.6 million across 842 screens. While the numbers for Bad Words are not terrible, they are not stellar either. We’ll see whether this impacts Bateman’s chances of directing another film.

Frozen passed Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated film of all time this weekend with a total of $1.07 billion and counting.

The Raid 2 (read our review) opened to $177,000 on 7 screens for a per-screen average of $25,286.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened at number 1 in all but two of its 32 international markets with $75 million over the weekend. If The Winter Soldier‘s international numbers are any indication, then it looks like Captain America 2 might be in for a big payday when it hits North American theaters next weekend.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, March 31st - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Yes!!! I told my friend right before we went in to see the film that it was probably gonna flop this weekend, I’m glad I was wrong!

    Aronofsky deserves this, I’ve loved every single film he’s done, and I’m glad to see a cerebral epic blockbuster like this get this much shine. I loved the film and felt everything from wonder to horror to excitement to sadness watching this.


    • Ah, it made 44 million in the US and 95 million worldwide. Yea, sure, it was first at the box office this weekend, its opening weekend, but it was far from a blockbuster. Most films drop off significantly in the second weekend and thereafter. It might just break 100 million in the US, if it is lucky. Depends on the competition next weekend. Again…it’s far from a blockbuster.

      • I’m curious to see how Noah does when it opens in the UK this Friday.

        I know I’ll be seeing it but I don’t know anybody else in my family or circle of friends who is even remotely interested.

  2. even though i didn’t like raid 2 as much as raid 1, i hope it succeeds b/c holywood needs to be aware that you don’t need a big budget and cg heavy load of s*** to make cash, just a band of committed, skilled and creative dudes that know what fans want :3

    • I’m hoping that the Raid 2 succeeds to show Hollywood that you don’t need some expensive “story” and “characters” to have a successful movie. You just need 2 hours of gratuitous, cartoonishly gruesome fights strung together haphazardly to get teenagers into the theater.

  3. Schwarzenegger, Stallone & Van Damme were the biggest action stars on the planet when i was a kid, and now their movies don’t make any money unless they all star in the same movie! It’s kinda sad!
    Good for Aronofsky, he’s a very talented director, he deserves a big hit! And The Winter Soldier is Awesome! I’ve already saw it twice and I can’t wait to see it again!

  4. Now I have to admit I dont watch much TV. However is it possible to pull the advertisement information on Sabotage?

    I knew it was coming but never really saw anything about it in main stream.

    Not that I would rush out and see it or anything but the overall story to it seemed interesting as was described in SR review.

  5. Noah=huge letdown. They had a chance to do a Biblical epic the right way. But instead we get this mess of environmental politics. Don’t see this if you want to see the true story of Noah. It’s a joke really.

    • The TRUE story of Noah? Uhmmm, I hate to break it to you, bro, but remember when you found out your parents were the ones putting presents under the treee? Right… Maybe you mean you want a story closer to the original source material…it would be called Gilgamesh.

      • Beware. You should respect Alpine’s believe. You are obviously an atheist. Beware. NNo need to argument about the religion. :) Sorry about my English.

      • @ Taylor

        What Alpine said is correct whether you believe the story or not, Arnofsky’s Noah is not TRUE to the biblical story of Noah. But I guess it allowed you to express your feelings on religion so who cares about reading comprehension, right?

        • As to reading comprehension, Alpine’s statement could be interpreted as the Noah story is true (which it is not), in which case, my first comment is valid. Or it could be interpreted as true as in the original story of Noah, which would of course be the Gilgamesh story, in which case my second comment is valid. Alpine stated the “true story of Noah” not “the biblical story of Noah” as you quoted. So, about that reading comprehension…I would be correct. You, good sir, would be wrong. Sorry, Bro.

          • …and circle gets the square.

      • I’ve seen this notion trotted out on previous Noah threads, that Gilgamesh is the “original” flood story … doesn’t that discount oral tradition, let alone the textual interpretation of the Genesis account, which is arguably “cleaner” and more basic than Gilgamesh, with its cubical (!) ark, comparatively arbitrary reason for killing humanity, etc.? Really, the similarities are there, but the stories are quite different. Setting up Gilgamesh as more definitive is an opinion, and requires faith of a sort as well …

  6. In my opinion (as a non-atheist), I think Aronofsky did a tremendous job in creating an artistic rendering of a story based on source material so sparse that if he re-told the Noah story “biblically”, the movie would only be about 30 minutes long. As for said source material, the Noah story comes straight from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    If you are an easily offended evangelical, then you might have a problem with Noah. I thought the dilemma Noah faces when he decides to end humanity to leave the Creator’s creation perfect was as gripping as it was fascinating. One of the big problems for any logical person is why destroy humanity for its wickedness only to have it repopulate and continue being wicked? I thought Aronofsky and the writers did a great job of putting this to Noah. It is up to him to end the wickedness that humanity has burdened the earth with, only in the end, his humanity prevents him from killing his grand daughters.

    Really cool interpretation. Good movie. If you’re a thin skinned Christian or Muslim, then I probs wouldn’t recommend it, otherwise, definitely go see it. Shoot, go see it just for the creation sequence. That was cool as Vanilla Ice in Alaska.

    • There are a number of elements in this movie that I am interested to see, even though I can already tell I will be frustrated to see how they are handled … the idea of an atheist psychoanalyzing a Biblical prophet is almost certainly doomed to be … limited by his philosophy and worldview … I doubt a non-Christian would be any more impressed with a Christian consideration of the same subject. But I’m appreciative that Mr. Aronofsky at least took the subject seriously.

  7. Not surprised Noah did well because the previews looked good.

    But the movie was bad (and for me, it had nothing to do with religious content or lack thereof).

    I’m surprised by the poor Sabotage box office, the red band trailer looked good. Not sure why the mainstream advertising went away from the being hunted down aspect and to Arnie’s family. I guess I have to watch the movie myself to find out.