Noah’s aggressive push to draw faith-based audiences paid off this weekend. The biblical epic grossed $44 million at the box office domestically and $95 million worldwide. The film, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, was helmed by Black Swan filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.
Arnold Schwarznegger’s movie career, however, could really use a prayer. The former governor of California attempts a return to his blockbuster days, but suffered another blow this weekend, with his film Sabotage tanking at the box office. The film took in only $5.3 million from nearly 2,500 screens, making it not only Schwarzenegger’s worst opening in his career, but the worst-performing film to open on more than 2,000 screens.
On the art-house circuit, Cesar Chavez placed 12th as it opened in only 664 theaters, grossing $3 million. Diego Luna directed the movie, which stars Michael Pena as the famed civil-rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. The pic also stars Rosario Dawson.
Next week, Captain America: Winter Soldier will attempt to knock Noah off its ark, while Halle Berry’s intense drama Frankie & Alice will try to make a splash on the art-house scene.