Noah movie

Despite the controversy, Noah topped the weekend box office in the top spot, beating out the only other wide release this week, Sabotage.

The Paramount Pictures biblical epic, starring Russell Crowe, opened with $44 million. It offers an imaginative take on the tale of Noah’s Ark from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, which has led some religious groups bashing the film for what they claim was an inaccurate depiction. Due to the backlash, Paramount added a disclaimer to marketing materials, noting that “artistic license has been taken” in telling the story.

Lionsgate’s teen sci-fi thriller, Divergent, fell to second place this weekend, earning another $26.5 million to bring its domestic total to $95.3 million; and Muppets Most Wanted, featuring Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, landed in third with $11.4 million in its second weekend to bring its domestic haul to $33.2 million.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman came in at No. 4 with $9.5 million to bring its total to nearly $95 million, while God’s Not Dead closes out the top 5 with $9 million and a $22 million total.

The weekend’s other major new release, Sabotage, flopped in the seventh spot with $5.3 million. The film, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the latest failure for the former California governor, whose The Last Stand and Escape Plan were box-office duds last year.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Captain America sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “Noah,” $44 million.
2. “Divergent,” $26.5 million.
3. “Muppets Most Wanted,” $11.4 million.
4. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $9.5 million.
5. “God’s Not Dead,” $9 million.
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $8.9 million.
7. “Sabotage,” $5.3 million.
8. “Need for Speed,” $4.3 million.
9. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $4.3 million.
10. “Non-Stop,” $4.1 million.