(HOLLYWOODREPORTER) — 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."
Darren Aronofsky's controversial biblical epic Noah has delivered salvation, opening to a stellar $44 million in North America from 3,562 theaters after winning over faith-based and mainstream moviegoers alike, despite the director's darker take on the story of Noah and his Ark.
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Internationally, Noah absolutely dazzled as it landed in Russia, grossing $17 million and nabbing the best opening ever for a non-sequel. It is also the fourth-biggest opening of all time. Noah earned $33.6 million from 21 markets for the weekend, pushing the film's early international cume to $51 million and worldwide total to $95.1 million.
Overall, the biggest player overseas this weekend was Disney and Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in 32 markets a week ahead of its March 28 domestic debut, grossing a mighty $75.2 million.