Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" breaks April record with $96.2 million at weekend box office

Back in 2012, Marvel officially became a box office powerhouse when The Avengers opened at $207.4 million on its way to $623.3 million domestically and over $1.5 billion worldwide. However, one of the big questions after The Avengers was how the future solo outings would perform. So far, they've been doing pretty good. Iron Man 3 grossed nearly $100 million more in the US than its predecessors and Thor: The Dark World had a strong outing as well. All eyes directly went to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and wow, did Marvel knock this one out of the park. Not only is Captain America: The Winter Soldier a great movie (review coming soon), it grossed a stellar $96.2 million in its debut frame. That's a 48% improvement over Captain America: The First Avenger and an April opening weekend record. The Winter Soldier also received an "A" Cinemascore, which indicates that fans dug it. With the strongest competition being Transcendence, look for The Winter Soldier to steamroll through April for a finish close to $300 million. Captain America has also grossed $207.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $303.3 million. 

In second place was Paramount's Noah, which fell 60% to $17 million in its second weekend. The Biblical epic has received poor word of mouth and will probably fall off in a big way next weekend. The film has grossed $72.3 million so far and will likely finish with around $100 million. Divergent finished in third place with $13 million. While it's far from the next Twilight or Hunger Games, Divergent has had a solid run. The film has now grossed $114 million. Sleeper hit God's Not Dead dropped only 12% this weekend for a fourth place finish with $7.7 million. The film has continued to impress at the box office and it's total stands at $32.5 million. Pretty good for the low budget film. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel also continued its stellar run this weekend with $6.3 million in fifth place. The Wes Anderson hit has now grossed $33.3 million and has a shot at crossing $50 million. After a strong second weekend, Muppets Most Wanted fell a little bit harder this weekend. The film finished in sixth place with $6.2 million, which was enough to raise the film's total to $42.1 million. That's a weak total for the film and it looks like a sequel will not be in the cards for Disney. Mr. Peabody and Sherman also took a bit of a hit this weekend, finishing in seventh place with $5.3 million. The film has now grossed $102.2 million, but with Rio 2 next weekend, there's direct competition coming very soon. 

Sabotage finished in eighth place this weekend with a disappointing $1.9 million after an awful first weekend. The Arnold Schwarzenegger flop has now grossed $8.7 million. Need for Speed finished in ninth place this weekend with $1.8 million to raise its total to $40.8 million. While the domestic grosses have been lackluster, Need for Speed has made a killing overseas ($143.7 million international), so a sequel could still be in the cards. And finally, Non-Stop rounded out the top ten with $1.8 million. The Liam Neeson thriller has now grossed $88.1 million. 

Next weekend sees the release of Draft Day, Oculus, Rio 2, and the expansion of The Raid 2. Here are my predictions. 

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- $46.1 million
2. Rio 2- $36.5 million
3. Draft Day- $21.4 million
4. Oculus- $11.5 million
5. Noah- $9.1 million
6. Divergent- $8 million
7. God's Not Dead- $7.1 million
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel- $6 million
9. Muppets Most Wanted- $4.5 million
10. The Raid 2- $4 million

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