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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Noah has a big first weekend, but what do audiences think?

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.

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Noah interview round-up: director Darren Aronofsky

When I interviewed Darren Aronofsky in New York four weeks ago, it was the first time I had heard him discuss his film Noah in the context of midrash, a form of Jewish narrative interpretation of the scriptures. But he has certainly brought it up quite a bit in the interviews he has done since then.

For example, it’s right there in the headline that sits atop the interview that Huffington Post religion editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush did with Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel (‘Noah: A Midrash by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel’). A couple sample quotes:
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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.

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Noah news round-up: a big opening in South Korea, a look at the Jewish myths behind the film, and more

Well what do you know, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is already playing in theatres and raking in the big bucks… in South Korea.

Various sources are reporting that the film opened there on Thursday (which might mean yesterday, given that it’s on the other side of the international date line), and that its first-day gross was on par with that of films like Gravity and Inception. I imagine those particular examples are cited because they were big hits that, like Noah, did not have the advantage of being sequels or part of a franchise.

Amusingly, The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the film owes part of its success to the fact that South Korea “has a large Christian population”, while Variety notes that “a large percentage of the South Korean population is agnostic”. Well, there’s no reason the film couldn’t be playing to both audiences.

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Noah: some new trailer images, and a new magazine article

I don’t know how I never noticed this before, but today I discovered a Brazilian trailer for Noah that includes a few shots that have not appeared in any of the trailers or TV spots that I have covered so far — and the Brazilian trailer has been online for three months! As ever, you can check it out, along with some screen captures, below the jump. And then, after that, you can check out some quotes from the director and the actors that recently appeared in Total Film magazine.

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