Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims Top Spot, Easter Weekend Boosts Religious Films

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While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday’s box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten.  (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister’s Transcendence has had.)  While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch.  Though they dropped off from their position’s in last week’s box office, God’s Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend.  Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below:

Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $26,200,000  $201.0
2.  Rio 2  $22,700,000  $75.6
3.  Heaven is for Real  $22,200,000  $29.3
4.  Transcendence  $11,000,000  $11.0
5.  A Haunted House 2  $8,800,000  $8.8
6.  Divergent  $5,900,000  $134.1
7.  Draft Day  $5,890,000  $19.5
8.  Oculus  $5,200,000  $21.2
9.  God’s Not Dead  $4,800,000  $48.3
10.  Bears  $4,800,000  $4.8
 Noah  $4,800,000  $93.3

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Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims New Record with $96.2 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a new opening weekend record for April with its estimated debut of $96.2 million.  That tops the opening of Thor: The Dark World, last November, and beats Captain America: The First Avenger by 48%.  For proof of how dominant Captain America was this weekend, just take a look at the difference between first and second place: poor, poor Noah.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 $96.2
2.  Noah $17,000,000 $72.3
3.  Divergent $13,000,000 $114
4.  God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 $32.5
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 $33.3
6.  Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 $42.1
7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5,300,000 $102.2
8.  Sabotage $1,908,000 $8.7
9.  Need for Speed $1,836,000 $40.8
10.  Non-Stop $1,827,000 $88.1

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THE COLLISION: Episode 81 – NOAH and Religion in Film

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by contributing writer Jason Barr.  During our discussion, we talk about Noah, the filmography of director Darren Aronofsky, religion in film, the success of films like Son of God that appeal to a specific and devoted audience, the rarity of crossover appeal for films dealing directly with religion, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Divergent“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Ray Winstone Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, the Ark, THE GUNMAN with Sean Penn, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma Watson, Sir Anthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Winstone.  He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like seeing the Ark for the first time, how he likes to prepare for a role, working with Sean Penn in The Gunman, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sir Anthony Hopkins Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, Filming in Iceland, If He Knows When He’s Playing Odin Next, and More

by     Posted 23 days ago

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Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma Watson, Sir Anthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Sir Anthony Hopkins.  He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like filming in Iceland, if he knows when he’ll be playing Odin in another Marvel movie again, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: NOAH Launches with $44 Million; SABOTAGE Falls Flat

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A storm of controversy didn’t keep Noah from taking first place at this weekend’s box office.  The biblical disaster tale took in an estimated $44 million from 3,567 locations to give Russell Crowe the best openings of his career.  Fellow newcomer Sabotage was drowned in Noah’s wake, giving Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the worst openings of his career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Noah $44,000,000 $44
2.  Divergent $26,500,000 $95.2
3.  Muppets Most Wanted $11,373,000 $33.3
4.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $9,500,000 $94.9
5.  God’s Not Dead $9,075,000 $22
6.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $8,875,000 $24.4
7.  Sabotage $5,300,000 $5.3
8.  Need for Speed $4,335,000 $37.7
9.  300: Rise of an Empire $4,300,000 $101.1
10.  Non-Stop $4,087,000 $85.1

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TOP 5: First Teaser Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, NOAH, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SABOTAGE, CinemaCon Coverage

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I’ve decided to use this weekend’s release of Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah as an opportunity to reflect on the director’s most soul crushing work to date: his adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, Requiem for a Dream. While I’d list Black Swan as my favorite Aronofsky film, Requiem stands alone as a devastating look at the nature of addiction that, by its end credits, will assure you that nothing decent will ever happen to you again. The film netted the great Ellen Burstyn her sixth Academy Award nod while Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans provided equally powerful performances as heroin addicts whose trajectories only bend downwards. While its story and characters offer little to be optimistic about, Requiem all but cemented Aronofsky’s place among the most skilled and uncompromising filmmakers of his generation. If you haven’t already, check out the film on Amazon Instant Video where it’s available to stream. Just be sure you’re not already in an emotionally fragile state or else you’re in for a long night.

Aronofsky reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, interviews for and Matt’s review of Noah, the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sabotage interviews and Matt’s review, and Steve’s coverage of CinemaCon from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: NOAH Keeps It’s Head Above Water with $15.2 Million Opening

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This weekend will not be a wash for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  The controversial biblical epic opened with $15.2 million from 3,500 locations yesterday, including $1.6 million from Thursday pm previews.  That puts Noah on course for close to $44 million through Sunday – well above the $33 million Paramount said it was expecting.  Anything above $43.5 million would also give Russell Crowe the best opening of his career (outside of his supporting turn in Man of Steel).

The weekend’s second major release should also mark a career milestone for star Arnold Schwarzenegger, though not the kind stars typically strive for.  Sabotage – Arnie’s third major release since January 2013 – could end up as his worst debut since Red Sonja, in 1985.  From its 2,486 locations, Sabotage brought in $1.82 million on Friday, which suggests an opening weekend in the $5-$6 million range.  Finally, after two weeks in limited release, director Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel expanded to almost 1,000 locations on Friday, making it into the domestic top five with just under $2.4 million.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Noah $15,238,000 $15.2
2.  Divergent $8,100,000 $76.8
3.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,626,000 $24.4
4.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $2,375,000 $18
5.  God’s Not Dead $2,353,000 $15.3

Jennifer Connelly Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, Filming in Iceland, the Size of the Ark, Paul Bettany’s SHELTER, and More

by     Posted 26 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Connelly.  She talked about working with Aronofsky again and what he was like on set, how quickly she agreed to be in the project, what it was like filming in Iceland, seeing the Ark for the first time, and she talked about working with her husband Paul Bettany on Shelter.  Hit the jump to watch.

NOAH Review

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Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite filmmakers.  It’s been rewarding to watch him develop over the course of his five feature films (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan) and how he’s matured in approach to certain themes—namely, obsession and death.  His latest feature, Noah, should be dripping with these two themes as it’s the story of a man directed by God and willing to let the rest of the world die.  While it does provide some intriguing departure from those themes, Noah feels like a series of compromises that soften the impact of the themes as Aronofsky gets bogged down in explanations that feel like excuses, and then struggles to return to the fascinating and complex moral drama at the center of the story.  Although he has his frequent collaborators providing the picture with grandeur and majesty, and the filmmaker’s trademark earnestness remains, his style begins to work against him as Noah veers between gritty reality and difficult humanism.

Darren Aronofsky Talks NOAH, Why He Filmed in Iceland, Deleted Scenes, What Will be on the Blu-ray, Other Dream Projects, and More

by     Posted 28 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Aronofsky.  He talked about his long history of being fascinated by the story of Noah, building a real life-size ark for the production, filming in Iceland, the length of his first cut, deleted scenes, what will be on the Blu-ray, other dream projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Logan Lerman Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe, David Ayer’s FURY, and More

by     Posted 29 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, 30 images, a featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Logan Lerman.  He talked about working with Aronofsky and Crowe, his reaction to seeing the ark for the first time, deleted scenes, David Ayer’s World War II tank actioner Fury, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Featurette for NOAH: Who Is Tubal Cain?

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Russell Crowe’s title character has enough problems on his hands in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah without adding in Ray Winstone’s character, Tubal Cain.  A new featurette for the Biblical epic goes behind-the-scenes of Noah’s nemesis and introduces audiences to his character (or lack thereof).

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  Also starring Jennifer ConnellyEmma WatsonDouglas BoothLogan Lerman, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens in theaters on March 28th.

30 New Images from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Featuring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and More

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Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new images from director Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Biblical epic Noah.  The film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the titular role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film drew strong if somewhat polarizing reactions from its world premiere, and it has already encountered its share of controversy throughout development.  Hopefully the finished product reflects Aronofsky’s full, uncompromised vision, which is sure to result in a wholly original take on this well-known story.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  Noah opens in theaters on March 28th.

11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson

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Paramount has released 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah.  Aronofsky’s adaptation will take the familiar story about Noah (Russell Crowe) building the ark to survive the flood, but provide the director’s unique take on the material.  Those who saw the premiere last week applauded the film, but acknowledged that it’s likely to be divisive, which is shocking because everyone agrees on everything from the Bible.  This footage goes into Aronofsky directing his talented cast as well as the work that went into building the ark, so it’s worth checking out.

Hit the jump to check out the footage.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens in theaters on March 28th.

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