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.
|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|