Smackdown: ‘God’s not Dead’ soaring, ‘Noah’ tanking at the box office

Smackdown: ‘God’s not Dead’ soaring, ‘Noah’ tanking at the box office

[Ed. – Plus a word about those bad-news Muppets.]

[I]n its third weekend, director Darren Aronofsky’s creepy attempt to fool the public into believing his anti-God “Noah” was a biblical tale ran aground with a paltry $7.1 million weekend.

As of Monday, Russell Crowe’s Gnostic bait-and-switcheroo will sit somewhere around $84 million. That will officially put it behind the pace of Russell Crowe’s previous big-budget flop “Robin Hood,” which managed to only reach $105 million at the North American box office.

“Noah” is now in real danger of losing money. Between its $125 million production budget and promotional budget likely in the $50 to $75 million range, the anti-God epic needs to gross something close to $400 million worldwide just to break even. Depending on how many countries remain for the film to open in, as of now $400 million is a long ways off. …

Meanwhile, a truly Christian film, “God’s Not Dead,” continues to soar at the box office. In its fourth weekend, the story of a student’s confrontation with an atheist teacher (played by Kevin Sorbo) grossed $5.3 million, for a total of $40.7 million. With a production and promotional budget that totaled $4 million, “God’s Not Dead” has to be closing in on a record as far as return on investment.

Disney’s Muppets are done.

After four weeks “Muppets Most Wanted” sits at a lousy $46 million after adding only $2.3 million this weekend. This is the most mismanaged re-launch of a franchise in film history.

For whatever insane reason, Disney thought it could get away with turning the universally beloved and irreverent Muppets into left-wing culture warriors who fight everything from Fox News to the energy industry.

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