B.O. Roundup, April 11-13: 'Captain America 2' Barely Holds Off 'Rio 2' and 'Oculus'

Sunday, 13 April 2014 08:53 Written by  iamrogue
Rate this item
(0 votes)
B.O. Roundup, April 11-13: 'Captain America 2' Barely Holds Off 'Rio 2' and 'Oculus'

Two heavy hitting sequels duked it out for first place, with a superhero musclebound beating out a bunch of animated birds.

While those big budget franchises battled, however, a critically acclaimed horror movie, Oculus, stole some of their thunder.

Relativity Media's smart, spooky thriller is the latest from producer Jason Blum, and it opened on par with Blum's 2011 hit InsidiousOculus debuted in third place, earning an estimated $12.0 million from 2,648 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Oculus, which stars Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, and Brenton Thwaites, has gotten high profile praise from the likes of Stephen King, and strong word of mouth ought to propel Mike Flanagan's old school horror movie to sleeper hit status over the next several weeks.

The tug of war for first place found last weekend's champ, Captain America: The Winter Soldier heaving and hoeing against the animated musical Rio 2.  Both were projected to haul roughly $40 million, but on Friday, Rio 2 appeared to have the edge, surpassing Cap by about $100,000.  Rio 2 didn't end up getting quite as big a Saturday bump as most family movies, however, and Captain America 2 emerged on top, grossing an estimated $41.3 million to Rio 2's $39.0 million.

Still playing in 3,938 theaters, The Winter Soldier brought the Marvel sequel's domestic total to $159.0 million.  In just ten days, the post-Avengers follow-up has nearly equaled the stateside theatrical run of Captain America: The First Avenger, which finished up with $176.6 million in the summer of 2011.  Globally, Captain America 2 has already zipped way, way past its predecessor: the sequel already has a worldwide total of $476.7 million, well past the original's $370.5 million.

Rio 2 is also cleaning up internationally.  The Carlos Saldanha-directed sequel opened in many markets last month, and has collected $124.3 million internationally.  Like the first Rio, which earned $484.6 million worldwide back in 2011, Rio 2 will do most of its business abroad.  That doesn't mean it won't clean up domestically, though, especially since it doesn't have much direct competition until How to Train Your Dragon 2 in mid-June.

Finally, the Kevin Costner NFL behind-the-scenes dramedy Draft Day opened in fourth place this weekend.  The new film from Ivan Reitman (who recently opted out of Ghostbusters 3) was positioned as a successor to Costner joints like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Tin Cup. The result was an estimated $9.7 million from 2,781 locations.  That's a notch down from Costner's last movie, 3 Days to Kill, which debuted to $12.2 million in February.

Here are the top ten movies in North America for the weekend of April 11th through 13th:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier.................................$41.3 million..............$159.0 million

2. Rio 2.......................................................................................$39.0 million..............New Release

3. Oculus....................................................................................$12.0 million..............New Release

4. Draft Day................................................................................$9.7 million................New Release

5. Divergent...............................................................................$7.5 million................$124.8 million

6. Noah.......................................................................................$7.4 million................$84.8 million

7. God's Not Dead.....................................................................$4.4 million................$40.7 million

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel...................................................$4.0 million................$39.4 million

9. Muppets Most Wanted...........................................................$2.1 million................$45.6 million

10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman.....................................................$1.8 million................$105.2 million

This Wednesday, the drama Heaven is for Real enters the box office fray, followed on Friday Johnny Depp-digital-nightmare Transcendence, horror spoof A Haunted House 2, and DisneyNature documentary Bears.  Will Depp emerge atop the box office heap?


More in this category

Follow ROGUE

Latest Trailers

view more »