Weekend Box Office Update

2014/03/30 20:39:00 +00:00 | Jonathan James

There has been worry that Noah's marketing approach could hurt its performance at the box office, but it easily took first place this weekend and opened with a very respectable $44 million at the US box office. For a movie of this scale, the production budget is relatively modest at $125 million, so this should be a win for Paramount, especially when you factor international ticket sales.

Divergent had a strong second weekend, earning $26.5 million and is less than $5 million shy of the $100 million mark in the US. In third place was Muppets Most Wanted, which earned $11.3 million and has made $33.3 million in the US since opening. Moving down to number seven, we have Sabotage, which only earned $5.3 million, but it fits in line with recent releases starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and it had a low theater count.

Next week should see a massive opening for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is the only new wide release for April 4th. Here's a look at the top ten results for this weekend:

1. Noah - $44,000,000
2. Divergent - $26,500,000
3. Muppets Most Wanted - $11,373,000
4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $9,500,000
5. God’s Not Dead - $9,075,000
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $8,825,000
7. Sabotage - $5,330,000
8. Need for Speed - $4,335,000
9. 300: Rise of an Empire - $4,300,000
10. Non-Stop - $4,087,000