Despite some objections over the biblical epic's modernist interpretation of its source material, Noah sailed to the top of the weekend box office with a $44 million debut.
The Russell Crowe film even beat out Divergent, which brought in $26.5 million in its second week in theaters. Muppets Most Wanted came in third with $11.4 million.
Another Christian-themed filmed, God's Not Dead, rounded out the top 5 with $9.1 million.
Aronofsky bushed aside the controversy earlier this month, telling Variety that he wanted nonbelievers to see the film.
"[Noah] was made for believers and nonbelievers," he said. "I'm more concerned about getting nonbelievers into the theater or people who are less religious.