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Bible-Impaired Noah Sails, Cruises, Launches, Floats Has $44-Million Opening Weekend

Via The Wrap:

The Biblical epic “Noah” rode a tide of controversy to a $44 million opening, sailing past “Divergent” and into the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend.

Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of the Old Testament tale surged on Saturday and finished well ahead of expectations that had been tempered by months of negative buzz — mainly from church groups wary of the “Black Swan” director’s edgy style and reports that the film strayed too far from Scripture. Distributor Paramount, which backed the film with New Regency, even added a statement at the beginning of the movie noting that it was a dramatic interpretation.

The surprising showing by “Noah” overshadowed a strong performance by Lionsgate’s young-adult sci-fi tale “Divergent.” The adventure tale starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James finished second with $27.7 million, just a 49 percent drop from its big opening last weekend, and will cross the $100 million mark in the next day or two. . .

I understand why Christians were angry at this version of “Noah,” but I don’t understand why they expected something better. It’s Hollywood. Take a film like “Captain Phillips,” for example. Filmmakers changed the actual story for one they thought would be better on screen, and "Phillips" happened mere years ago, with witnesses. - Greg Pollowitz

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