Noah is expected to generate $40 million in ticket sales this weekend. The Old Testament epic will hit theaters this weekend. The special-effects blockbuster starring Russell Crowe is expected to be the number one movie at the box office this weekend in the United States and Canada.
Pre-release surveys are projecting Noah to bring in around $40 million at the box-office this weekend in the United States and Canada. Paramount Pictures, who is releasing the film, are projecting box office sales this weekend to come in at between $30 million and $33 million. The film which has a PG-13 rating, has been under intense criticism from religious groups who question how faithful the film will be to the story of Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis, where Noah is chosen by God to undertake a perilous rescue mission before a flood destroys the world.
The $130 million budgeted film is directed by Darren Aronofsky, who is more known for operating with lower budgets in such films as Black Swan and The Wrestler. Noah was released last week in South Korea and Mexico and had a solid $14 million in box office sales. Along with Russell Crowe, the big-budget disaster film stars Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. Hoping to follow on Mel Gibson’s major success 10 years ago with The Passion of Christ, Noah is one of a number of scripture related films to be released this year. Upcoming religious themed films include Mary, Exodus and Heaven Is For Real. With Noah expected to generate $40 million in ticket sale this weekend, look for Hollywood to find to find itself more religious. The religious themed movie Son of God, which relied on a $22 million budget, to convey its New Testament story, has now grossed more than $56 million. Another religious themed college drama titled God’s Not Dead, had a strong opening last weekend, earning $9.2 million at only 780 theaters. It was the fourth highest grossing movie last weekend.
Noah was banned from several Middle Eastern countries earlier this month, including Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The film’s star, Russell Crowe, said he expected Muslim countries to reject the movie. According to the Gladiator star Crowe, the story of Noah is part of every religious text. People throughout the world have a flood mythology.
Reviews of Noah by film critics have been positive according to Rotten Tomatoes. The online movie database giant Rotten Tomatoes has also reported that Noah has received a 83 percent rating by top critics and a 71 percent rating by all critics. Rotten Tomatoes also reported that 96 percent of its users want to see the Russell Crowe blockbuster.
Last weeks top movie was Divergent. Its domestic box office sales have now reached almost $60 million. Lionsgate has high hopes for Divergent, hoping to see it be the start of another young-adult franchise modeled after the success of Hunger Games. With Noah expected to generate $40 million in ticket sales this weekend, the competition will be tough for Divergent, and for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller Sabotage which debuts this weekend.
By John J. Poltonowicz