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March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount’s biblical epic Noah had an impressive launch in Mexico and South Korea over the weekend, bringing in $14 million ahead of its North American debut on Friday. (It is due to open in New York on Wednesday.) The film earned $8.3 million in South Korea; $5.7 million in Mexico. The film continues to draw flak from some conservative Christian groups and talk-show hosts. Glenn Beck said on his syndicated radio show on Friday that he worries that children will take as Gospel the version of Noah seen on the screen rather than the version that is described in the bible. Early today, however, he told his audience that he was invited to see the movie over the weekend and had changed his mind. “It is not a godless climate-change movie,” as he had been led to believe, he said. “It’s more take Sinbad the Sailor meets The Shining and Friday the 13th,with a sprinkle of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. … If you are looking for a biblical movie, this is definitely not it … It’s not the story of Noah that I was hoping for. If you are going for that, you will be horribly disappointed.” On the other hand, Jim Daly, president of the conservative Focus on the Family, described the movie as “a creative interpretation of the scriptural account that allows us to imagine the deep struggles Noah may have wrestled with as he answered God’s call on his life.”