Box-office update: Is the “faith-based” streak almost over?

Ever since Son of God opened in theatres on February 28, there has been at least one “faith-based” movie in the North American top ten every week — and sometimes there have been two. But that streak could end after this week.

Heaven Is for Real, which is now in its sixth week, landed in the #10 spot this weekend with an estimated $1.95 million, thereby raising its domestic total to $85.8 million. The film has earned another $2.5 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $88.2 million.

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Review: Moms’ Night Out (dir. Jon & Andrew Erwin, 2014)

I saw Moms’ Night Out over a week ago and have been meaning to say something about it ever since, but until now I’ve had to juggle a couple of work assignments as well as the usual distractions that come with being a stay-at-home dad — and that’s kind of fitting, given that the film’s main character is a stay-at-home parent who also has a blog of her own.

So I can kind of relate to Allyson (Sarah Drew), the film’s protagonist. When, say, her kids and the messes they make drive her nuts, but she finds that she just can’t bear to paint over the stick-figure portraits that the kids have drawn on the wall, I know exactly what she’s going through.

And yet, I’m also quite conscious of the fact that this movie wasn’t exactly made for people like me. It’s a movie about moms, and it quite consciously extols the virtues of motherhood while portraying dads as the kind of people who are easily panicked and overwhelmed when someone asks them to “babysit” their own kids for a few hours.

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Box office update: Noah passes The Passion overseas

It’s official: Noah is now the top-grossing Bible movie ever overseas, in unadjusted dollars.

As of this weekend, the film has grossed $243 million overseas, which is more than the $241.1 million that The Passion of the Christ grossed overseas ten years ago.

The film also grossed an estimated $210,000 in North America this weekend, raising its domestic total to $100.3 million. This is well, well behind the $370.8 million that The Passion grossed in North America, and slightly behind the $101.4 million that The Prince of Egypt grossed in North America in 1998 and 1999.

Noah is currently playing in over 40 territories and has earned $343.3 million worldwide so far. It opens in Japan next month.

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Box-office update: R-rated Neighbors a smash hit, PG-rated Moms’ Night Out disappoints, and more

Two comedies came out this week. Both of them have something to say about the importance of marriage and family, and both of them have something to say about the fleeting nature of wild and crazy youth. One of these films is raunchy and R-rated, and it was a box-office hit. The other is rated a family-friendly PG, and it was a box-office disappointment.

Neighbors, the R-rated hit, opened to $51.1 million this week, which is easily the best non-animated opening of Seth Rogen’s career, and one of the best openings for a live-action comedy ever. (Most of the comedies that have had better openings were sequels or action-comedy hybrids; the few exceptions are Bruce Almighty, Ted and maybe Valentine’s Day and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.)

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Box-office update: Spider-Man franchise posts arguably its lowest opening yet, God’s Not Dead is back in the top ten, Noah hits a new milestone or two, and more

Nothing too exciting to report at the box office this weekend.

As expected, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a big opening in North America this week, with an estimated $92 million — but that actually represents the smallest first weekend of any Spider-Man film that opened on a Friday, and the lowest end-of-first-Sunday gross of any film in this series. This, despite the addition of 3D surcharges and the like. (In both cases, the previous low was the $114.8 million that the original Spider-Man opened to in 2002 — which, at the time, was the biggest opening of any film ever.)

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Box-office update: Noah slips out of the top ten; Heaven Is for Real and God’s Not Dead have decent holds

For the first time since it came out four weeks ago, Noah fell out of the top ten — and behind God’s Not Dead — at the North American box office this weekend.

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.

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