The first written reference to the resurrection appearances of Jesus appears not in the gospels but in the epistles of Paul. Specifically, it appears in I Corinthians 15, where Paul passes on a list of the people who have witnessed the risen Jesus — and then, at the end, he writes that Jesus appeared to him, too, “as to one abnormally born.”
Box-office update: Noah slips out of the top ten; Heaven Is for Real and God’s Not Dead have decent holds
Both God’s Not Dead and Noah are currently playing in about 1,600 theatres. But where God’s Not Dead took in an estimated $2.8 million and landed in the #11 spot, Noah took in $2.3 million and landed at #14.
Noah also took in another $11.1 million overseas, benefiting from strong holds in France, Italy, the UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey and especially Brazil.
Noah has grossed $97.3 million in North America and another $222.7 million overseas, for a global total of $320 million. God’s Not Dead, for its part, has grossed $52.7 million in North America and has presumably made more money overseas, where it has been playing for a few weeks now, but no foreign figures are available at Box Office Mojo yet.
The box-office estimates are in for this weekend, and the news on that front is very good for Noah, and perhaps for the Bible-movie genre as a whole.
Audience reactions to the film, however, are more of a mixed bag, which could affect the film’s long-term prospects.
Noah made an estimated $44 million in the United States and Canada between Thursday night and Sunday, and it has earned another $51.1 million overseas; the film opened in Mexico and South Korea one week ago and opened in another 20 territories on Thursday or Friday.
Noah video round-up: a new clip, a new music video, and soundbites from faith leaders and filmmakers alike
The movie officially comes out in North America on Friday, but plenty of theatres will be showing it Thursday night. So with three days to go until the film comes out, the studio has released another clip from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. You can check it out below the jump, along with a new (and possibly unauthorized) music video for the theme song that Patti Smith wrote for the film, as well as some interview clips with the filmmakers and with “faith leaders” who have endorsed the film.
Yes, this is my fourth Noah-themed post in 24 hours. What can I say, things are ramping up.
The latest item is an Entertainment Weekly article in which Darren Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel discuss the graphic novel that comes out March 18 (the same day as the two novelizations). Along with a few quotes from both writers, Entertainment Weekly also has the North American cover art for the graphic novel, which is just slightly different from the cover art that accompanied the Image Comics announcement last month.
One thing Aronofsky mentions in the article is that he actually started developing Noah with a movie studio (which he doesn’t identify) over a decade ago, and the project even started to “pick up steam around 2006” — but then a regime change at the studio scuttled everyone’s plans. (Although he doesn’t mention it, the fact that Aronofsky’s The Fountain stalled at the box office around that time, and that Universal was preparing its own Noah-themed Evan Almighty for release in 2007, might have also contributed to the studio’s cold feet.)