Darren Aronofsky’s controversial Old Testament adaptation, ‘Noah’, comfortably exceeded expectations at the North American box office with a strong $44m weekend. After a confident start on Thursday night and Friday, it significantly built up a head of steam on Saturday and finished the session an impressive $9m more than market forecasts.
This follows a misleadingly low ‘C’ CinemaScore, which had 60%+ awarding the film a higher grade. The wide range of opinions reflected the hostile dispute over Aronofsky’s departure from the original text.
The picture carries a huge $125m budget, significantly higher than anything Aronofsky has worked with previously, and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins.