1. Noah – $40 million [debut week] Weathering a storm of controversy, Russell Crowe’s latest fared better than more solidly Christian films “Son of God” ($9.5 million) and “God’s Not Dead” ($9.2 million), but since it’s more of a disaster style movie, a better comparison is to recent genre offerings “2012” ($65 million) and “The Day After Tomorrow” ($68.7 million). Good news for Crowe is this is his biggest headlining film since 2007’s “American Gangster.” The bad news? It’s going to have a very brief stay at the top once “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” roars into theaters next weekend.
Already opening overseas, “Winter Soldier” racked up $75.2 million in a little over half of the foreign market. “Captain America: The First Avenger” collected $41 million overseas so momentum is definitely on the sequel’s side before it opens in the U.S. on Friday.
2. Divergent – $27.7 million [2nd week; $95 million in total] The YA success held up remarkably well in its second week with only a 49 percent drop, which is fantastic for the genre. It’ll reach $100 million likely by Tuesday.
3. Muppets Most Wanted – $11.7 million [2nd week; $33.5 million] Kermit and company captured the bulk of the family audience dollar this weekend and held up strong in its second week as well, only dropping 31 percent.
4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $9.5 million [4th week; $94 million] The other big family film is eyeing $100 million soon as well even if it may take longer in the week to reach that milestone.
5. Grand Budapest Hotel – $8.2 million [4th week; $24 million in total] Expanding to 977 screens, Wes Anderson’s latest had a solid weekend and fared the second highest in terms of gross per theater trailing only “Noah.”