B.O. Roundup, April 4-6: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Claims the April Record

Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:40 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, April 4-6: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Claims the April Record

The star-spangled Avenger hurled his shield at the domestic box office this weekend, knocking 2011's Fast Five from its perch as the biggest April opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the only new wide release hitting North American theaters.  Between that, months of Disney priming the hype-pump, and the "Avengers bump," it was a foregone conclusion that Cap's second solo movie would open big.  When reviews turned out to be remarkably solid and the sequel grossed $10.2 million from midnight shows, The Winter Soldier looked poised to debut in the neighborhood of $100 million.

And that's where it's ended up according to current estimates, earning $96.2 million from 3,938 locations in the United States and Canada.

Each of the sequels in Marvel Studios' Phase Two have opened considerably bigger than their predecessors, benefiting from the massive success of 2012's The Avengers and the sense that Marvel, like Pixar, is itself a guarantee of quality.  Captain America 2 has upheld that trend, debuting quite a bit higher than Captain America: The First Avenger, which opened to $65 million back in July 2011.

It also improved on last year's debut of its closest Marvel cousin, Thor: The Dark World, which earned $85.7 million on opening in November.

$96.2 million from Friday through Sunday is nothing to sneeze at, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier has also collected a whopping $207.1 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $303.3 million so far.

This all good news for Marvel Studios, which is already planning Captain America 3 for the summer of 2016.  It's also good news for Joe and Anthony Russo, the comedic co-directors who proved their salt with what some folks claim is Marvel's finest movie.

With Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Mackie holding down so much of the domestic box office, there wasn't much room for anybody else.  The number two movie, Noah, for example, grossed an estimated $17.0 million, down 61% from its inaugural frame.

Check out the top ten movies in North America and the current estimates:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier..............................$96.2 million.............New Release

2. Noah....................................................................................$17.0 million.............$72.3 million

3. Divergent............................................................................$13.0 million.............$114.0 million

4. God's Not Dead..................................................................$7.7 million...............$32.5 million

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel...............................................$6.3 million...............$33.8 million

6. Muppets Most Wanted.......................................................$6.2 million...............$42.1 million

7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman....................................................$5.3 million...............$102.2 million

8. Sabotage.............................................................................$1.9 million...............$8.7 million

9. Need for Speed...................................................................$1.8 million...............$40.8 million

10. Non-Stop...........................................................................$1.8 million...............$88.1 million

The Friday to come sees three very different films opening in wide release, with Relativity's acclaimed horror-thriller Oculus joining the box office fray alongside animated sequel Rio 2 and Ivan Reitman's sports business dramedy Draft Day.


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