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The newly released film Noah took first place at the box office this weekend.
The story, based on Biblical text surrounding "Noah's Ark," stars Russell Crowe in the title role. According to the Associated Press, the movie grossed $44 million in its opening weekend.
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky directed this controversial film, and Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson star alongside Crowe. Despite its success in the United States, this film has been banned in Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates because of how the movie depicts a prophet.
Religious groups previously took offense to the story, and Paramount was asked to put in a disclaimer for the film. In the end, Paramount released the film in the United States without a disclaimer as they thought that “artistic license” had been taken on the film.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the movie cost $130 million to make.
Other movies doing well at the box office this week include Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, and Muppets Most Wanted, featuring Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais. Divergent has brought in $26.5 million for the weekend thus far, while the Muppets film has collected $11.4 million in its second weekend.