2. "Son of God," $26.5 million
Fox's "Son of God" debuted closely behind "Non-Stop" in second place with $26.5 million domestically. The film recounts the story of Jesus' life using footage from the production of History Channel's 10-part miniseries "The Bible." Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, noted it was a strong showing because box office predictions for "Son of God" were wildly varied. "It's difficult to track religious- and faith-based films, as we learned with 'The Passion of the Christ,' " Dergarabedian said. "If the expectation is that Hollywood should make more movies like this, then the audiences who want these movies have to vote with their dollars. It's only then that Hollywood will wake up and see this as a viable genre that people will want to see." "Son of God," which features Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado in the role of Jesus, is the first of several religious-themed films set for release this year, including next month's "Noah" starring Russell Crowe and "Exodus" with Christian Bale planned for December.