The Passion of the Christ (movie)

'Noah' to sail to No. 1 at the box office

'Noah' to sail to No. 1 at the box office

An Old Testament epic will storm theaters this weekend with hopes of attracting a boatload of moviegoers. 

Director Darren Aronofsky's $130-million-budgeted "Noah" is expected to generate around $40 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, which is releasing the film, has predicted a softer gross of $30 million to $33 million.

An opening in the projected range for the special effects-heavy, big-budget disaster film — starring Russell Crowe as the biblical boat-builder — will almost certainly make it the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office. If...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World