Russell Crowe's biblical epic Noah has claimed the top spot at the Australian box office.
31 Mar 2014 - 6:29 PM  UPDATED 1 Apr 2014 - 1:00 AM

Noah has drenched its competitors and claimed the No.1 spot at the Australian box office during its opening weekend.

Russell Crowe's new film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and based on the biblical tale of an apocalyptic flood, pulled in $4.522 million from Thursday to Sunday, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

It also seized top spot on the US box office and was the No.1 film worldwide with $US77.6 million ($A84.19 million).

Another new entry, animated flick Mr Peabody & Sherman, grabbed second spot with $2.437 million.

Together, the pair knocked last week's No.1, The Monuments Men, into third place, while action movie Need for Speed fell from second to fifth.

Up a place into third spot is Ride Along, the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart buddy cop comedy.

Movies that slipped included 300: Rise of an Empire, Pompeii, Non-Stop and Cuban Fury, which all dropped two places to be placed sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Still hanging on to 10th spot after 10 weeks is The Wolf of Wall Street, which has raked in $23.168 million in Australia.