Rounding out the weekend of March 30, 2014, Noah dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
In a continuing upswing of faith-based movies, audiences jumped aboard the ark, giving Noah the top spot at the box office this weekend. Grossing $43.72 million, the Darren Aronofsky joint made more money than his first four projects – Pi, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Requiem for a Dream – combined. It still has a long ways to go to take back its production budget, bu should fair pretty well once you factor in foreign markets. Considering that Noah was able to conquer Divergent is a huge accomplishment.
Speaking of which, Divergent fell 53 percent this weekend to second place. Taking in a total of $25.61 million, the YA adaptation has now earned $94.3 million in total domestic ticket sales. Comparing it to other Summit and Lionsgate YA films on their second weekends, Twilight fell 65.7 percent and The Hunger Games dropped 61.1 percent. So I would say it has some decent staying power. However, it will be put to the test with Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming out this weekend.
Muppets Most Wanted continues to putz around. Falling to third and only losing 33 percent of its audience, the Muppets sequel earned $11.27 million. Although it has a better retention rate than The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted is still doing poorly worldwide with only a $40 million gross.
Appearing in fourth place was Mr. Peabody & Sherman, dropping from third to fourth. The movie continues to pull in a decent amount of sales – this weekend $9.07 million – but it still is way off its production budget of $145 million and will most likely stumble this coming weekend as well.
God’s Not Dead, despite bad reviews, retains a place in the top five with $8.79 million. Increasing to over 1,000 theaters, God’s Not Dead only fell 4.5 percent. It might have done a bit better if Son of God and Noah weren’t in theaters.
Also increasing its theater count this weekend was The Grand Budapest Hotel. Sneaking into sixth place, Budapest took home $8.53 million, the highest grossing weekend ever for Wes Anderson. It will open to even more theaters next weekend.
Also debuting this weekend was Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenneger. Apparently he doesn’t have much clout in a new age of action cinema – getting beat by Kevin Sorbo in a faith-based movie has got to be rough. Sabotage opened in seventh place with a measly $5.27 million.
Cesar Chavez received little attention by audiences its opening weekend. Debuting in twelfth place in 664 theaters, the biopic walked away with $2.86 million.
And despite opening to a wider release with 842 theaters, Bad Words was also claimed little stake of land this weekend. Showing up with $2.56 million, the Jason Bateman directed film, which he also starred in, did not do as well as some had expected.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo