Box Office: Noah Draws Faith-Based Audiences for $44 Million Opening

Biblical epic soars, while Schwarzenegger's Sabotage tanks.

Posted: 03/31/2014 09:45 AM EDT

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Noah's aggressive push to draw faith-based audiences paid off this weekend. The biblical epic grossed $44 million at the box office domestically and $95 million worldwide. The film, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, was helmed by Black Swan filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

Arnold Schwarznegger's movie career, however, could really use a prayer. The former governor of California attempts a return to his blockbuster days, but suffered another blow this weekend, with his film Sabotage tanking at the box office. The film took in only $5.3 million from nearly 2,500 screens, making it not only Schwarzenegger's worst opening in his career, but the worst-performing film to open on more than 2,000 screens. 

On the art-house circuit, Cesar Chavez placed 12th as it opened in only 664 theaters, grossing $3 million. Diego Luna directed the movie, which stars Michael Pena as the famed civil-rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. The pic also stars Rosario Dawson.

Next week, Captain America: Winter Soldier will attempt to knock Noah off its ark, while Halle Berry's intense drama Frankie & Alice will try to make a splash on the art-house scene.

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