Noah news round-up: a box-office milestone, distribution difficulties in the Philippines, and Rob Moore speaks

Paramount announced today that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah has grossed $300 million worldwide since it first opened in Mexico and South Korea on March 21.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Noah is the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year worldwide so far, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($586.7 million), The Lego Movie ($441.7 million) and 300: Rise of an Empire ($329.2 million).

The Reporter also has some stats on how Noah is doing in specific countries, and it notes that 3D is very popular in some of those territories:

In North America, Noah has earned nearly $100 million to date. The film has done more than double that overseas, fueled by outstanding performances in Russia ($32.8 million) and Brazil ($23.4 million), where Noah is the top-grossing Paramount release of all time. Other notable territory grosses to date include Mexico ($15.5 million), South Korea ($14.3 million), the U.K. ($13.1 million) and Australia ($10.7 million).

Deadline adds that Noah has been “the No. 1 film in Poland for four weeks straight.”

There are still some countries that have not yet seen the film, most notably Japan, which won’t get the film until June.

Another country that hasn’t got the film yet is the Philippines, though the reason there has nothing to do with distrbution plans or religious controversy. Instead, the Philippine Daily Inquirer says the film is “the first casualty in a courtroom battle” between two companies who claim distribution rights to the film.

Finally, this week Pepperdine University posted two videos from a presentation given by Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore just before the film came out in March.

In the first video, Moore relives some of the controversies that swirled around Noah in February and March — many of which feel like ancient history now:

The second video includes an interesting moment at the 20:35 mark, when Moore takes a question from one of the producers of God’s Not Dead, who wants to know if Paramount will ever make films with an explicit ministry objective like, well, his:

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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