Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" tops "Rio 2" in closest race of the year at weekend box office

In a tough race at the box office, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out on top over Fox's animated comedy Rio 2. The Winter Soldier debuted to a spectacular $95 million last weekend and dropped around 56% for a $41.4 million weekend finish. That's a pretty decent hold for Captain America 2 and with $159 million in the bank so far, it's now ahead Thor: The Dark World at the same point in its run. In addition, Captain America 2 has made a spectacular $317.7 million overseas for a worldwide total of $476.7 million. That's higher than both the original Thor and Captain America films and The Winter Soldier could end up passing the first two Iron Man films and The Dark World in the next few weeks.

Rio 2 finished in second place this weekend with a decent $39 million. That's pretty much on par with the original film, which isn't a bad thing. In addition, the film received an "A" Cinemascore and with a lot of kids on spring break this week, look for Rio 2 to end up holding especially well. It did come into a competitive marketplace with both Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Muppets Most Wanted competing for the family dollar. Look for Rio 2 to finish with around $130 million. Relativity's horror flick Oculus finished in third this weekend with $12 million. The low budget acquisition from Tiff received a "C" Cinemascore from audiences, which indicates that nobody really liked this movie. I don't see it holding on too well, even with weak competition in the horror marketplace.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend by far was Summit's Draft Day which grossed $9.7 million in fourth place. The Kevin Costner-starred sports drama received a solid marketing push from Summit, with a Super Bowl spot and tons of advance screenings for fans. However, the film just couldn't compete in the marketplace and ended up disappointing big time. No word on what the budget is, but the "B+" Cinemascore isn't really going to help the film. I'll be seeing it tomorrow, so I'll let you know soon if it's actually worth checking out.

Divergent finished in fifth place this weekend with $7.5 million. The action drama has now grossed $124.8 million. It hasn't fared quite as well overseas, but this franchise isn't going anywhere with three sequels (!) on the way from Summit. Noah finished in sixth place this weekend with $7.4 million which is a pretty steep drop from last weekend. The action blockbuster has obviously suffered from weak word of mouth and will probably crawl its way to $100 million. The film's total domestic gross currently stands at $84.8 million. However, with strong foreign grosses, Noah's total stands at $246.8 million worldwide. Not too bad.

Indie smash God's Not Dead finished in seventh place this weekend with $5.4 million. The small hit has now grossed a stellar $40.7 million, which is pretty impressive considering that nobody knew what this movie was a few weeks ago. Another indie hit, The Grand Budapest Hotel, finished in eighth this weekend with $4 million. The Wes Anderson film has now grossed $39.4 million and will likely finish with around $50 million. Muppets Most Wanted finished in ninth place with $2.1 million, which was enough to raise the film's total to $45.6 million. I love the Muppets, but I can't say that I'm sad to see this movie tank. It's just terrible. Mr. Peabody and Sherman rounded out the top ten this weekend with $1.8 million. The animated film has now grossed $105.2 million.

The Raid 2 also had a solid showing, grossing $1 million in eleventh place. In addition, Frozen is now the eighth highest grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office and will probably pass The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Transformers: Dark of the Moon in the coming weeks.

Next week sees the release of Heaven is for Real on Wednesday and Bears, Transcendence and A Haunted House 2 on Friday. Here are my predictions:

1. Transcendence- $26.7 million
2. Rio 2- $25 million
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- $21.4 million
4. Heaven is for Real- $19.1 million ($26.3 million Five-Day weekend)
5. A Haunted House 2- $14.2 million
6. Oculus- $5.9 million
7. Bears- $5.8 million
8. Draft Day- $5.3 million
9. Divergent- $5.1 million
10. Noah- $4.6 million


  1. Proving his mettle in a story with a darker tone, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an excellent chapter in the Marvel canon.

  2. If only the film's level of visual creativity could have been applied to the story, it might feel like a standalone success instead of merely another link in the chain.

  3. What starts as a terrific and grounded little thriller becomes less interesting as it gets less "little".

  4. Very good movie, best I've seen in a while. Comparable to Avengers really. Acting and Writing were both awesome. Could potentially be the movie of the year