UPDATED: The superhero sequel -- on course to score the top April opening of all time domestically -- will finish the weekend with $270 million or more in global ticket sales; "Noah" is a distant No. 2, declining 60 percent or more in its second weekend.
"The Bible hasn’t gotten this much publicity in a very long time," says Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore, who adds that many religious leaders have embraced the biblical epic, but have been drowned out by a "vocal minority." READ MORE
UPDATED: In Russia, "Noah" scores the biggest opening of all time for a non-sequel, while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" grosses a huge $75.2 million from its first 32 foreign markets; elsewhere, Arnold Schwarzenegger hits another career low with "Sabotage." READ MORE
Some organizations that were strong supporters of the Mark Burnett- and Roma Downey-produced story about the life of Jesus aren't as enthusiastic about Paramount's movie inspired by the Genesis story. READ MORE
The big question is whether the biblical epic -- which is off to a strong early start overseas -- will play to faith-based audiences; Schwarzenegger is looking at another soft opening with "Sabatoge," while biopic "Cesar Chavez" makes a more limited play. READ MORE