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Weekend box office: epic 'Noah' takes down dystopian 'Divergent'

It turns out that, despite championing the box office last weekend in its debut, “Divergent” doesn’t have the staying power other young adult franchises have had in the past. Divergent still did well this weekend, coming in second with $26.5 million, but it was beaten by a new Biblical epic. Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”, which stars Russell Crowe as the titular character who is tasked by God to build an arc before the Earth is flooded. That movie was a smash, topping the box office with a $44 million debut.

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in "Noah"
Paramount Pictures

Sabotage” was the weekend’s other new wide release, but it wasn’t as successful, coming in seventh with $5.3 million. The action thriller stars Arnold Schwarzenegger—who apparently isn’t as popular as he used to be—as the leader of an elite task force being targeted by a drug cartel.

Cesar Chavez”, a new biopic about the labor leader who co-founded United Farm Workers, was the box office surprise this weekend. Open in limited release, the film still grossed $3 million, just barely squeezing into this weekend’s top twelve. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, meanwhile, continues to do better box office as the weeks progress and the film expands to more and more theaters.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Noah”: $44 million

2. “Divergent”: $26.5 million

3. “Muppets Most Wanted”: $11.3 million

4. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”: $9.5 million

5. “God’s Not Dead”: $9.07 million

6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: $8.8 million

7. “Sabotage”: $5.3 million

8. “Need for Speed”: $4.33 million

9. “300: Rise of an Empire”: $4.3 million

10. “Non-Stop”: $4.08 million

11. “The Lego Movie”: $3.1 million

12. “Cesar Chavez”: $3 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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