Paramount reports that Noah drew $15.24 million on opening day, including Thursday night's $1.6 million start. That puts the film on target for an opening weekend of $43.5 million according to BoxOffice's official projection. Darren Aronofsky's controversial dramatic adaptation of the Biblical story has seen its fair share of mixed press in recent months, although it appears that the damage is (so far) minimal as general audiences rarely pay attention to industry trades enough to be swayed. That being said, long-term prospects are questionable: early word of mouth appears soft with a weak 56 percent Flixster score just one day after release.
Divergent was down 64 percent from its opening day to $8.1 million on Friday. The young adult adaptation has rung up a healthy $76.86 million domestically through 8 days of release. BoxOffice projects a $25.5 million sophomore frame.
Disney's Muppets Most Wanted was off 44 percent from its opening day last week to $2.63 million yesterday. The sequel's 8-day domestic total is $24.4 million. BoxOffice is projecting $10.6 million for its second weekend.
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel added $2.38 million on Friday, giving it an $18 million domestic cume so far. BoxOffice projects $8.5 million for the weekend.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman continued its strong legs with another $2.2 million yesterday. Fox/DreamWorks' animated flick has now posted $87.6 million domestically as it heads toward a projected $9.2 million weekend.
Freestyle Releasing continued to enjoy strong numbers for God's Not Dead despite competition for religious audiences from Noah. The former added $2.35 million to its already-impressive run, giving it $15.3 million in total so far. BoxOffice projects a $8.6 million weekend for God's Not Dead.
David Ayer's Sabotage fared poorly on opening day with a $1.825 million haul. That figure falls short of End of Watch ($4.6) and is more in line with Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand ($2.03 million). BoxOffice projects a $5.5 million weekend for Sabotage. That's a weak start made worse by its 51 percent Flixster audience and 21 percent Rotten Tomatoes scores as of Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate's Cesar Chavez posted $1.02 million from 664 locations on Friday. The drama, starring Michael Pena, should bring in close to $3.5 million in its first weekend.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris