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'Noah' sails into first place at weekend box office

Emma Watson is seen in a scene from "Noah," which captured the top spot at the weekend movie box office. (Paramount Pictures)
Emma Watson is seen in a scene from "Noah," which captured the top spot at the weekend movie box office. (Paramount Pictures)
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After weathering a sea of controversy, “Noah” arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount’s biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The imaginative take on the tale of Noah’s Ark from “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky led some religious groups to claim the story had been inaccurately portrayed and prompted Paramount to add a disclaimer to marketing materials noting that “artistic ...

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