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Friday Box Office: 'Rio 2' Edges 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'; 'Noah' Plummets, 'Only Lovers' Leads Specialty Openers

"Rio 2" took the lead in the Friday box office with $12 million reported, placing it just ahead of the second weekend for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at $11.9 million. "Noah" plummeted in its third weekend. Three specialty openers disappointed.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 12, 2014 7:17 PM
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Weekend Top Ten Box Office: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Smashes the Field

Marvel/Disney's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" vacuumed up nearly 60% of the Top 10 gross of $157 million. Recent openers "Noah" (Paramount) and "Divergent" (Lionsgate) took powerful body blows and fell quickly from their modest starts. "Captain America"'s strong number distorts the overall box office performance, which is otherwise showing signs of weakness.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 6, 2014 1:07 PM
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Career Watch: Will ‘Noah’ Prove a Blessing for Russell Crowe?

Russell Crowe has often proved his own worst enemy over the years, but "Noah" proves that he's still a major movie star. Can he get out of his own way?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:48 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Noah' Floats High All Over the World, Challenged by Mighty 'Captain America'

Darren Aronofsky's $125-million Bible epic "Noah" easily took #1 this weekend. The $44 million gross was solid but not sensational. With international territories performing even better, the picture appears on its way to modest profits.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 30, 2014 1:54 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Noah' an Easy Number One, Hasta La Vista to Arnold's 'Sabotage'

For the first time since before Thanksgiving, box office revenues for a weekend will fall short of last year. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" (Paramount) will dominate the top 10, with Friday's take at $15,238,000 (including Thursday evening shows). With the only other wide opener "Sabotage" (Open Road) at #7 with $1,825,000, grosses were down 30% from the same Friday in 2013.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 29, 2014 1:59 PM
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Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Talks Ark and Arcs in 'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky has always been drawn to the mystical, and "Noah" is even ballsier than "Pi" or "The Fountain." Of course, it's divisive as environmental allegory and the conflict between religion and science. But I think it's a powerful evocation of creation and destruction, love and beauty, and the difficulty of raising a family. Talk about survival and rebirth: It's the ultimate road movie, according to cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who's shot every Aronofsky movie but "The Wrestler" because of a temporary rift.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 28, 2014 2:05 PM
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This Weekend, See Aronofsky's Splashy Epic 'Noah,' and Dry Off With a Few Indies

"Noah," Darren Aronofsky's costly, epic deluge of gritty visual splendor and waterlogged actors, is like no Bible you've ever read. After the film floods theaters Friday, it's up to audiences to decide if all the efforts of this once-indie filmmaker were worth the trouble.
  • By TOH!
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  • March 27, 2014 5:37 PM
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Stormy Weather Flicks, from 'Twister' to 'Noah' and 'Into the Storm' (New Trailer, CLIPS)

With Darren Aronofksy's "Noah" storming into theaters this weekend, plus the arrival of a new trailer for the latest weather disaster entry "Into the Storm," we've rounded up some clips from titles in the Meteorologic Mayhem genre dominated by prescient disaster king Roland Emmerich ("Day After Tomorrow" and "2012").
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2014 1:25 PM
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Review: 'Noah' Reveals Why Darren Aronofsky Is an Indie Filmmaker

"Noah" is an example of what's wrong with the studios today, and why Darren Aronofsky remains a defiant indie filmmaker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2014 3:41 PM
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Box Office Top 10: 'Divergent' Tops Uneven Field, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Surges, 'Lego Movie' Passes $400 Million Worldwide

Dystopian romance "Divergent" dominated the box office this weekend. The latest movie based on a young adult book series launched a new franchise for Lionsgate/Summit--the sequel "Insurgent" starts production in May. "Divergent" boosted overall Top 10 grosses to $130 million, just enough for the 17th consecutive weekend to outperform the previous year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 23, 2014 1:44 PM
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