X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Becomes Highest Grossing Film of 2014 Worldwide—For Now

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We’re at the halfway point of 2014, and the year has a new worldwide box office champion—for now.  Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has eclipsed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office to become the highest grossing film of the year thus far with $712.7 million.  That solidifies the film as the highest grossing X-Men movie yet, demolishing the previous record of $459.4 million held by X-Men: The Last Stand.  Its worldwide total just barely surpasses that of the Captain America sequel, which closed out with $711.2 million.  Stateside, the Marvel pic is still tops with $257.2 million, followed by The LEGO Movie at #2 with $256.8 million and then X-Men at #3 with $223.4 million.

Hit the jump to get a look at the current worldwide Top 10 and for my prediction as to which film will end up the victor when 2014 comes to a close.

Superhero Box Office 2014: How CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and X-MEN Stack Up to Previous Installments

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It’s no secret that superheroes rule the box office.  Studios are scrambling to tap into the genre with whatever comics characters they may have the rights to, and ever since The Avengers, the goal has now been to build interconnected superhero universes that tell stories across multiple films and characters.  The 2014 slate has its fair share of superhero blockbusters, but halfway into the year we’ve already seen most of them.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past having already opened in theaters, that leaves us with only Marvel’s August offering Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 in November.

Seeing as how the longevity of superhero adaptations is predicated upon how well the films do at the box office, we felt now would be a good time to take a look at how Cap 2, Spider-Man 2, and X-Men fared at both the domestic and international box office this year, and how they stack up to previous installments in their respective franchises.  Read on after the jump.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Hits Blu-ray on September 9th; Will Not Include a New One-Shot

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Though the film came out a couple of months ago, you’ll have to wait a while to get Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Blu-ray.  Disney announced today that the Marvel sequel will be released on home video on September 9th, though it will be available for digital download via Disney Movies Anywhere on August 19th.  Bonus features details are broad and unspecific at this point, as the press release simply states that the Blu-ray will include “making-of featurettes, audio commentary, never-before-seen deleted scenes, bloopers, and more.”  Directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously told us that the Blu-ray will include about five minutes worth of deleted scenes, with one in particular involving Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson at the end of the second act.  Curiously, one thing the Blu-ray won’t have is a new Marvel One-Shot short film, which accompanied previous Marvel Blu-ray releases.

Hit the jump to check out the Captain America 2 Blu-ray cover art and to read the full press release from Disney.

Friday Box Office: THE OTHER WOMAN Knocks CAPTAIN AMERICA Out of First Place

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After three weeks on top of the box office, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been vanquished.  The Marvel hit passed Thor: The Dark World’s final domestic gross earlier this week and, on its fourth weekend in theatres, is expected to stay strong in second place.  That makes The Other Woman the new number one film in America.  The Cameron Diaz comedy earned an estimated $9.3 million from 3,204 locations on Friday, putting it on track for $25 million this weekend.  That’s less than the $31.6 million debut of Diaz’s Bad Teacher, in 2011, but well above the $17 million that was projected.

The Other Woman aside, Friday was a hard day for new titles.  The action-drama Brick Mansions, featuring the late Paul Walker, earned an estimated $3.6 million in fourth place, while the PG-13 horror title The Quiet Ones brought in a very soft $1.5 million at number six.  We’ll have complete details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Other Woman $9,300,000 $9.3
2.  Captain America 2 $4,492,000 $213.3
3.  Heaven is for Real $4,050,000 $42.1
4.  Brick Mansions $3,590,000 $3.5
5.  Rio 2 $3,275,000 $85.7
6.  The Quiet Ones $1,520,000 $1.5

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims Top Spot, Easter Weekend Boosts Religious Films

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While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday’s box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten.  (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister’s Transcendence has had.)  While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch.  Though they dropped off from their position’s in last week’s box office, God’s Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend.  Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below:

Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $26,200,000  $201.0
2.  Rio 2  $22,700,000  $75.6
3.  Heaven is for Real  $22,200,000  $29.3
4.  Transcendence  $11,000,000  $11.0
5.  A Haunted House 2  $8,800,000  $8.8
6.  Divergent  $5,900,000  $134.1
7.  Draft Day  $5,890,000  $19.5
8.  Oculus  $5,200,000  $21.2
9.  God’s Not Dead  $4,800,000  $48.3
10.  Bears  $4,800,000  $4.8
 Noah  $4,800,000  $93.3

Hit the jump for more.

Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Battles RIO 2 for the Top Spot, While HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Trumps TRANSCENDENCE

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This Good Friday wasn’t so great for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening.  The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend’s other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that’s only if current estimates hold.  The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on RT, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg.  What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday’s third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend.

None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week.  It’s still pretty close, as estimates only separate the top two spots by a paltry (to some) $300,000 or so.  Will Cap win the weekend, or will the family-friendlier animated sequel reap the holiday audience rewards?  Check back tomorrow to find out!

Title  Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $9,566,000 $184.5
2.  Rio 2  $9,200,000 $62.1
3.  Heaven Is for Real  $7,850,000 $14.9
4.  Transcendence  $4,815,000 $4.8
5.  Haunted House 2  $4,030,000 $4.0

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Fends Off RIO 2 for Second Frame on Top

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After setting a new April record with its $95 million debut last weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier scored a second week on top by flying ahead of Rio 2.  After coming in second on Friday, the superhero was not expected to top the debut of Fox’s animated sequel.  But with a better than expected Saturday hold, The Winter Soldier pulled out a win with an estimated $41.4 million.  In the end, Rio 2 took in a reported $39 million, while fellow new releases Oculus and Draft Day settled for more terrestrial launches.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America 2 $41,398,000 $159
2.  Rio 2 $39,000,000 $39
3.  Oculus $12,000,000 $12
4.  Draft Day $9,750,000 $9.75
5.  Divergent $7,500,000 $124.8
6.  Noah $7,450,000 $84.8
7.  God’s Not Dead $4,485,000 $40.7
8.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $4,050,000 $39.4
9.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,193,000 $45.6
10.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1,825,000 $105.2

Friday Box Office: RIO 2 Edges Out CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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What looked like a close race for first this weekend between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, has slanted in favor of the animated sequel.  Both films were expected to come in around $40 million for the three day frame but, after Rio 2 took in an estimated $12 million yesterday, it looks like the Fox feature will wind up closer to $45 million through Sunday.  That’s better than the $39.2 million the original Rio earned on its opening weekend in 2011.  As for the First Avenger, Captain America 2 appears to be headed for about $42 million in its sophomore frame, or a drop of 58%.  Captain America was down 61% on its second frame in 2011, with Iron Man 3 declining 58% last summer.

As expected, this weekend’s two additional new releases were playing for smaller stakes.  Oculus, the latest supernatural horror pic from producer Jason Blum, earned an estimated $4.9 million from 2,648 locations on Friday and should hit $13 million this weekend – equal to the launch of Blum’s Insidious in April 2011.  Draft Day took in a reported $3.5 million from 2,781 venues yesterday.  The sports drama starring Kevin Costner is now expecting $11 million for its first weekend, or the lower end of the range that Lionsgate/Summit execs were hoping for.  We’ll have complete box office details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Rio 2 $12,000,000 $12
2.   Captain America 2 $11,900,000 $129.5
3.   Oculus $4,940,000 $4.94
4.   Draft Day $3,580,000 $3.58
5.   Divergent $2,300,000 $119.6

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Spoilers

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider currently the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  While I’ve already posted what they said about Captain America 3 and the status of the Agent Carter TV pilot, it’s now time for the Captain America: The Winter Solider spoilers talk.

Since I don’t want to spoil anything on the front page, I’ll mention what we talked about after the jump.

Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Spoilers, Which Scenes Were Part of the “Reshoots”, the Post Credits Sequences, and More

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider currently the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a regular TV interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo where they talked about being comic book geeks, the difficulty of balancing the Marvel sequel’s action with the character moments, if they read the message boards or comments sections to get an idea of what the fans wanted to see, whether they fought over any ideas, Captain America 3, and more.  You can watch that interview right here.

However, the day after that interview, we sat down in their hotel room for an extended conversation that got into specific plot points from The Winter Soldier.  During this interview they talked about how much of the story came from Marvel, which scenes were “plussed,” Robert Redford’s role and developing his character, the mid-credits and post-credits scenes, deleted scenes, their first cut, a plot point involving Nick Fury, the exposition bunker scene, and a lot more.  If you loved Captain America: The Winter Solider, you’re going to enjoy hearing about how it all came together.  Hit the jump to watch.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Reveal They’ve Been Working on it Since Late 2013

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  However, before jumping into what screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said about the making of  Winter Soldier, I wanted to post what they had to say about Captain America 3.

As we reported a few weeks ago, Winter Solider directors Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to helm Captain America 3 and they’ve already got a release date: May 6, 2016.  At the recent junket they told me, “We’re just in the formative stages of it right now.  We just started breaking story with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and we’re just getting an idea of what we wanna do with it.”  They added it’s hard to work on the story “before the movie even comes out because you want to see what people respond to.”  Hit the jump for more.

THE COLLISION: Episode 82 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by JoBlo.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Shirey to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Paul and I liked the film a lot, but Adam thought it was only “fine”, which led to a spirited discussion about the merits and shortcomings of the movie.  We also talk about comparisons to the comics, where the character might be headed, the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Noah and Religion in Film”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Anthony Mackie Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Signing a Multi-Picture Deal, Deleted Scenes, Wanting to Be in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Mackie he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, the additional photography on Winter Solider, and deleted scenes.  He also pitches Marvel on why he should be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims New Record with $96.2 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a new opening weekend record for April with its estimated debut of $96.2 million.  That tops the opening of Thor: The Dark World, last November, and beats Captain America: The First Avenger by 48%.  For proof of how dominant Captain America was this weekend, just take a look at the difference between first and second place: poor, poor Noah.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 $96.2
2.  Noah $17,000,000 $72.3
3.  Divergent $13,000,000 $114
4.  God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 $32.5
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 $33.3
6.  Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 $42.1
7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5,300,000 $102.2
8.  Sabotage $1,908,000 $8.7
9.  Need for Speed $1,836,000 $40.8
10.  Non-Stop $1,827,000 $88.1

Full story after the jump.

Sebastian Stan Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Thoughts on the Script, Friends and Family Reaction to Him Being Cast, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Sebastian Stan he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, how his friends and family reacted to him being cast, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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