‘Noah’ Floods the Box Office, But ‘Captain America’ Will Crush It Next Weekend
Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic, Noah, topped the box office this weekend as the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Sabotage opened at a dismal seventh place and Divergent continued to bring home the bacon in its second weekend in theaters, according to data from Box Office Mojo. Noah grossed $43.7 million during its opening weekend, and given the movie’s $125 million budget, Paramount Studios better hope it continues to be a top earner.
The movie has gotten decent reviews from critics, who cite strong performances from leads Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe as well as striking visual effects as things the movie has gotten right. Venerable Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers said the film is something “no movie enthusiasts … would want to miss,” saying Crowe’s performance is particularly strong. While the movie relies heavily on digital effects, it also benefits from the unique vision of the man who directed Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. Overall, critics gave it a 75 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences were less enthused with Aronofsky’s retelling of the Bible’s flood story, rating it at just 48 percent.
Divergent still managed to pack theaters during its second weekend despite low ratings from critics, who said the film is just too similar to other movies adapted from young adult novels set in dystopian worlds with a strong female lead, in particular The Hunger Games. The novels written by Veronica Roth were also criticized for being too similar to The Hunger Games, essentially just jumping on that bandwagon to take advantage of a trend; the film is fielding the same accusations. Sales for both the books and the first movie haven’t been hampered by being unoriginal, though, as the books have sold millions of copies worldwide and the movie has grossed more than $94 million so far. Over the weekend, Divergent’s box office take fell 53 percent, but it still came in second place, with a total gross of $25.6 million.
Coming in after Noah and Divergent, kids’ movies Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody & Sherman came in third and fourth, respectively, taking in $11.3 million and $9 million over the weekend. Wes Anderson’s well-received The Grand Budapest Hotel added 673 theaters and continued its rise up the box office ladder, increasing its take by 25.8 percent to $8.5 million.
Noah may not have much time to recoup its budget, as the Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to be released this coming weekend and will likely take the top spot at the box office. Like Divergent, Captain America is essentially working with a critic-proof formula, as audiences will pour into theaters to see any Marvel superhero movie, no matter what critics have to say about it. This installment in the Marvel series has managed to garner good reviews thus far, with critics giving it a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, saying that the movie successfully builds the Marvel universe and will be sure to please the franchise’s many fans. Favorite Marvel actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson star in this installment.
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