‘Noah’ Starts Fast With $1.1 Million First Day at Korean Box Office

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The debut of the Russell Crowe Biblical epic is on par with “Gravity” and “Inception,” Paramount says

The Russell Crowe Biblical saga “Noah” got off to a fast start overseas debut.

The effects-heavy action epic from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises took in $1.1 million from 730 screens on Thursday in Korea, the highest opening day in 2014 for the territory.

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The gross is on par with “Gravity’s” first-day total in Korea — and better than the $950,000 that “Inception” took in on its first day there in 2010, Paramount said.

Only so much can be drawn from a big debut in a single territory, but both of those films went on to take in more than $400 million overseas.

“Noah” is directed by Darren Aronofsky and co-stars Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

International grosses will be critical for the $125 million “Noah,” which is tracking to open in the $40 million range when it makes its U.S. debut on March 28.