`Noah,' revival of Bible epics, finds rough seas

NEW YORK - Some new faith-based films are making a splash at the box office.
  
The surprise of the weekend was the strong performance of the independently released "God's Not Dead." It came in fifth in ticket sales with $8.6 million, despite playing on only 780 screens nationwide.
  
This week, Paramount Pictures' "Noah," starring Russell Crowe, will attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences with a Bible tale. Opening early in Mexico and South Korea, "Noah" got off to a strong start overseas, earning $14 million.
  
After three strong weekends, "Son of God" dropped out of the top 10 films in ticket sales, but not before earning an estimated $55.6 million.

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