NORTH AMERICA: 'Noah' Collects $55.3M in First Week; 'Divergent' Passes $100M Mark on Thursday
on April 04, 2014
By Daniel Garris
In what will be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Paramount's Noah led the way on Thursday with $2.30 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down a sharp 12 percent from Wednesday, as the film clearly took a hit from the strong Thursday night launch of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Noah was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $55.34 million. That was slightly ahead of pre-release expectations and was just 6.5 percent below the recent $59.21 million seven-day start of Warner's 300: Rise of an Empire.
Lionsgate's Divergent held steady in second place with $1.48 million. In the process, the young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone on Thursday. Divergent reached the milestone in 14 days and has now grossed $101.03 million to date. Divergent fell 5 percent from Wednesday and 52 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $32.27 million for the frame. That represented a respectable 53 percent decline from the film's opening week performance.
Disney's Captain America: The Winter Solider was off to a terrific start on Thursday night with an estimated $10.2 million from late night shows that began at 8 p.m. As is commonplace, those grosses will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night launch for the highly anticipated Marvel superhero sequel was 44 percent stronger than the $7.1 million late night start of last year's Thor: The Dark World and 35 percent behind the $15.6 million late night launch of last year's Iron Man 3. Both comparisons strongly suggest that Captain America: The Winter Solider will open above the $100 million mark this weekend. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the progress of Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office.
Turning back towards Thursday's rankings, God's Not Dead took in $0.732 million to remain in third. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a slim 18 percent from last Thursday. God's Not Dead placed in fourth for the week with $11.84 million. That was down 9 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $24.796 million. God's Not Dead will be playing in 1,776 locations this weekend.
Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel followed closely behind in fourth with $0.695 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and up 16 percent over last Thursday (when it was playing in significantly fewer locations). The Grand Budapest Hotel placed in sixth for the week with $11.45 million and has grossed a healthy $27.08 million in 28 days. The film will be playing in 1,263 locations this weekend.
Disney's Muppets Most Wanted and Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed fifth and sixth places respectively with $0.642 million and $0.559 million. Both family films held up well yesterday, as Muppets Most Wanted was down 2 percent from Wednesday, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman was down 3 percent. Muppets Most Wanted placed in third for the week with $14.02 million and has grossed an underwhelming $35.86 million in two weeks. Mr. Peabody & Sherman took fifth place for the week with $11.49 million and is on the verge of reaching the $100 million domestic mark with a respectable four-week take of $96.90 million.