Weekend Forecast: 'Noah' & 'Sabotage'
Featured Stories - on March 26, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
This weekend, Noah and Sabotage opened as March comes to a close.
Meanwhile, Bad Word and God's Not Dead see significant expansions, while Cesar Chavez also opens in limited release.
- Darren Aronofsky's directorial star has risen since his success with Black Swan.
- The Biblical tale should appeal well to religious audiences.
- The film's recognizable cast, led by Russell Crowe, increases its mainstream potential.
- Twitter and Flixster buzz are healthy.
- Aronofsky himself won't be much of a draw.
- The controversy preceding the film's production could hinder demand just as easily as it could boost audience curiosity.
- Crowe hasn't driven a major box office success in years.
- Facebook activity leaves something to be desired, trailing Son of God at the same point.
- Director David Ayer has found a successful niche through films like End of Watch.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger still has some fans out there who turned out for his supporting role in the Expendables movies.
- Schwarzenegger's star power as a leading man isn't what it used to be. See the poor performances of The Last Stand and Escape Plan.
- Online buzz is quite modest.
- Jason Bateman has been a part of many successful comedies in recent years. His dedicated fans should show up for his directorial debut.
- Early response to the film has been fairly positive.
- The weak marketing campaign has hindered widespread awareness.
- The estimated 600-theater location count will further prevent a breakout performance.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, March 30|
|Noah||Mar 28, 2014||Paramount
|Divergent||Mar 21, 2014||Lionsgate / Summit
|Muppets Most Wanted||Mar 21, 2014||Disney
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||Mar 7, 2014||Fox Searchlight
|Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Mar 7, 2014||Fox / DreamWorks Animation
|God's Not Dead||Mar 21, 2014||Freestyle / Pure Flix
|Sabotage (2014)||Mar 28, 2014||Open Road
|Cesar Chavez||Mar 28, 2014||Lionsgate / Pantelion
|Bad Words||Mar 14, 2014||Focus
|Need For Speed||Mar 14, 2014||Disney / DreamWorks
|300: Rise of an Empire||Mar 7, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Non-Stop (2014)||Feb 28, 2014||Universal
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.