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This was a box office weekend that drives Hollywood crazy, with countless stories going on. Darren Aronofsky scored a big-budget hit with Noah, while Arnold Schwarzenegger flopped again with Sabotage. Divergent fell hard in week two, just missing the $100 million mark.
Starting off with the good news, Noah reeled in the big bucks for Paramount, despite some controversy among the religious community. The film made $44 million, with IMAX making up $6.2 million of that, notes Box Office Mojo. Still, over 74 percent of the audience was over 25 and those who saw it only gave it a “C” CinemaScore grade. It’s looking for north of $100 million by the time it’s done and has also done well internationally.
Divergent fell 52 percent, making $26.5 million in its second weekend. That brings it up to $95.3 million, notes Entertainment Weekly. It’s probably not the amazing results Lionsgate and Summit wanted, but it has at least made back the $85 million budget and the second film in the trilogy already got the greenlight. Divergent has also done much better than other new YA adaptations released since The Hunger Games.
Muppets Most Wanted added $11.4 million, so despite the small start, the film may find its audience after all. Mr. Peabody & Sherman made $9.5 million and God’s Not Dead added $9.1 million.
In its first weekend of wide release, The Grand Budapest Hotel scored $8.8 million, the best weekend ever for director Wes Anderson.
Sabotage was dead on arrival with just $5.3 million. As TheWrap notes, it is Schwarzenegger’s third flop in a row. He does have several more movies in the pipeline though, with Terminator: Genesis among them. So, Hollywood is still going to cast the action hero icon, even with the bad track record since leaving political office.
Also, Frozen became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, passing Toy Story 3 this weekend.