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4/1/2014 (2 years ago)

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Films with religious themes doing well at nation's theaters

The new motion picture "Noah," much in the manner of the biblical epics of yore helmed by Cecil B. DeMille has captured the nation's hearts and minds. Starring Russell Crowe, "Noah" opened at the top of the U.S. box office this weekend with a $44 million take.

Based upon the Old Testament story of Noah's ark, the film is directed by 'Black Swan's' Darren Aronofsky. 'Noah' also stars Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson.

Based upon the Old Testament story of Noah's ark, the film is directed by "Black Swan's" Darren Aronofsky. "Noah" also stars Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/1/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Noah, movies, religious themes, box office


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Based upon the Old Testament story of Noah's ark, the film is directed by "Black Swan's" Darren Aronofsky. "Noah" also stars Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson.

Other recent religious films, including "God's Not Dead" and "Son of God" have done surprisingly well at the nation's box offices. Other films with a religious theme include "Exodus" and "Heaven is Real."

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"I think these biblical-themed movies are like the next frontier in Hollywood," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak says. "Hollywood hadn't cracked the code on a biblical movie that would have mainstream appeal. Now, I think they've figured it out," he added.

Number two on the box office chart was the teen science-fiction thriller "Divergent," starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. "Divergent" took $26.6 million in its second week of release.

"Muppets Most Wanted," also in its second week, took third spot with $11.4 million.

The animation films "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "God's Not Dead," about a Christian college student whose faith is challenged by his atheist philosophy professor rounded out the top five.

The weekend was something of a disappointment for action star stalwart Arnold Schwarzenegger. His second-highest new entry "Sabotage" could only manage takings of $5.3 million.

This coming weekend sees the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in the U.S. and Canada. Internationally, "Captain America" more than doubled "Noah's" takings at the international box office this weekend raking in $75.2 million, while "Noah" picked up $33.6 million.

The top ten at the nation's box office's this past weekend went like this:

1. "Noah" - $44 million
2. "Divergent" - $26.5 million
3. "Muppets Most Wanted" - $11.4 million
4. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman - $9.5 million
5. "God's Not Dead" - $9 million
6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - $8.8 million
7. "Sabotage" - $5.3 million
8. "Need for Speed" - $4.3 million
9. "300: Rise Of an Empire" - $4.3 million
10. "Non-Stop" - $4 million

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