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Box office: 'Noah' floats to the top on Friday

Box office: 'Noah' floats to the top on Friday
Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe star in "Noah." (Paramount Pictures)

Director Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" was the top film at the box office on Friday, taking in an estimated $15.2 million from 3,567 screens.

The $130-million film, starring Russell Crowe as the Old Testament figure, opened to $1.6 million in ticket sales from midnight screenings Thursday on 3,000 screens in the U.S. and Canada. With its Friday take, the film is expected to earn around $40 million for the weekend. That puts it ahead of projections by its studio, Paramount Pictures, which had forecast a $30-million opening weekend.

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The film is also performing well overseas, where it has already grossed $28.3 million.

"Sabotage," the weekend's other major release, fared far worse. The film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is trying to slip back into his action-star groove following his tenure as California's governor, took in approximately $1.8 million Friday on 2,486 screens.

The movie has received across-the-board negative responses from critics, according to the film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, and it looks to be Schwarzenegger's lowest-grossing movie in decades.

"Divergent" was the No. 2 movie at the box office on Friday, with an estimated take of $8.1 million. Its total domestic gross is now $76.8 million.

In third place, "Muppets Most Wanted" earned $2.6 million. The Muppet sequel has grossed just $24.4 million so far.

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