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

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-final-posterOne week ago it looked like it would be a very tight race for first place this weekend.  Both Rio 2 and Captain America 2 were projected to come in with about $40 million, which left box office watchers waiting until Friday to see which movie would have the edge.  Friday seemed to give the advantage to the animated sequel, which just goes to show how accurate Friday night’s projections can be!

As we reported yesterday, Marvel features typically experience a second week drop of at least 56%.  This was precisely the drop that Captain America 2 did take in his sophomore frame, so nothing unexpected there.  The confusion came from Rio 2, which earned a a bit more on Friday ($12 million) than expected.  Factoring in the Saturday bump common to animated family films – and the fact that so many US kids are on April vacation – the G rated feature seemed headed for an opening of at least $45 million.  It didn’t fly quite that high, taking in an estimated $39 million from 3,948 locations – right where the sequel was projected to land before Friday’s numbers were announced.

In April 2011, Rio was a solid springtime hit for Fox: opening with $39.2 million on its way to a total gross of $143.6 million.  That made it the fourth highest-grossing animated film of the year in North America – ahead of The Smurfs but behind Puss in Boots and others.  It was on the international market that Rio made the biggest splash, earning more than 70% of its $484.6 million global gross from lucrative runs in France, Mexico and (naturally) Brazil.  Rio 2 is already benefitting from its predecessors overseas performance. Since opening in March, the sequel has earned over $125 million from international markets.

rio-2-posterRio 2 received an A CinemaScore from audiences, though critics have been less welcoming.  The sequel is currently at 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to the 71% of the first film.  Still, in terms of its long-term forecast, Rio 2 should have clear skies.  The box office will not see another animated feature until How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in June, so Fox can expect to see excellent multiples.

Because Rio 2 stole some of Captain America’s thunder yesterday, now is a good time to give the victor his due.  Though down a big 68% on Friday, The Winter Soldier was up almost 50% on Saturday, and ended with a better second weekend hold than either Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The First Avenger.  The sequel has already earned a worldwide total of $476.7 million, which puts it just $168 million behind the final global gross of Thor: The Dark World.

After the big grosses of both Captain America 2 and Rio 2, the box office didn’t reserve much excitement for the weekend’s remaining new releases: Oculus and Draft Day.   The supernatural horror pic Oculus earned an estimated $12 million from 2,648 locations – in line with expectations but just a bit behind the $13 million that Insidious earned in April 2011.  Things didn’t go as well for Draft Day.  The sports drama starring Kevin Costner was projected to bring in about $12 million, but wound up with $9.7 million from 2,781 locations instead.  That’s less than $12.2 million that Costner’s last feature, 3 Days to Kill, opened to in February.  A surprising outcome, considering Draft Day was heavily marketed to the sports fans who loved the actor in films like Field of Dreams and Tin Cup.

Thanks to a top heavy top ten, this weekend came out more than 15% ahead of the same frame in 2013, when 42 took first place with $27.5 million.  Next weekend should keep 2014 in the black, though it’s more likely to be a group effort than the result of an overwhelming first place finish.  Two new nationwide releases – Transcendence and A Haunted House 2 – open on Friday, joining the faith-based feature Heaven is for Real, which opens on Wednesday.  Among the newbies, Transcendence looks strongest, with a projected debut of $21 million.  Of course, that’s the same range that both Captain America 2 and Rio 2 are aiming for next weekend so, unless the buzz for the sci-fi thriller gets a lot stronger in the coming week, my money is on Rio 2 for the win.

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  • Basil Nolan

    This weekend, Frozen passed Skyfall in the all time worldwide box office. Well deserved.

    • Aquartertoseven

      Considering how terrible Skyfall was, almost any film deserved to pass it.

      • Jose

        Die.

      • Aquartertoseven

        No way Jose.

      • Nemesis11

        Spot on man. I think critics went crazy for Skyfall because it was coming after the ‘not so good’ QoS (though I personally love QoS). Had it have followed Casino royale the reaction would have been different. (sort of situation like Iron man 3 – Iron man 2 thing)

      • Bob

        Critics and audiences went crazy for Skyfall because it was an excellent film and as far as Bond films are concerned it ranks up there with the best of Connery.

      • Bob

        Seriously? You are entitled to your opinion of course but as one who has been going to the cinema to see each new Bond film since Dr. No, I can honestly say that in my opinion Skyfall is not only an excellent Bond film (ranking up there with the best of Connery) but also an excellent film of any type.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Seriously? It was bad. Really bad. It just didn’t make sense, literally there were ample, gaping plotholes (why would M, the top spy, flash a light when a blaze gives light for miles? She was trying to evade supposedly, why would you hire someone to kill a target that is surrounded by your own people? etc.), it was pretentious (fight in the dark even though there are lights everywhere), a Bourne wannabe, I hated it.

      • Bob

        According to you. As I said, you are entitled to your opinion. It is an opinion that some share but most don’t. Professional critics and audiences alike gave this film a positive response. And your concern over plotholes in a Bond film is laughable at best. Bond films and all their ilk are always best enjoyed with the suspension of belief. I mean really, if we are looking for realism, Bond would have to be around 80 years old at this point. I loved the nod to all the older films that Skyfall had but if the adventures it gave acknowledgement to have already occurred then why would Ms. Moneypenny just be falling into place along with the male version of M? Don’t care. It was a nice touch and made the film even more entertaining. So you can go on hating it but it will be remembered by it’s positive reception, not your negative spin on it.

      • Aquartertoseven

        No, no, no, there isn’t the same level of suspension of disbelief when Bond films now embrace realism so much. This isn’t a Moore film where he randomly escapes in a GB flag clad hot air balloon, there aren’t really any gadgets anymore because they’re not going for that level of camp anymore, but that’s besides the point. It didn’t make sense. Not just a few things here and there, trivialities, but literally in every scene pretty much, major flaws and inconsistencies. Nothing made sense, and I can’t honestly believe that so many people are blind to this.

        What? I can’t believe I have to tell you this, but 007 is a codename, passed on like the title of King.

        It was a terrible, terrible film that blind fools (no offence) have liked through disregarding any standards, any expectations for films to make logical sense. It may be the worst Bond film ever made, it’s that bad.

      • Bob

        007 is a code name….not James Bond. And yes there are many people who agree with you. But there are millions who don’t. The film made sense as much as these films do.

      • Aquartertoseven

        So spy agencies only let 007 agents be guys coincidentally named James Bond? No wonder you like this film, your entire thought process lacks sense.

      • Bob

        Read your own posts, sir. I commented that James Bond would be 80 by now which you countered with 007 being a code name which it isn’t, it’s a designation of a license to kill and there are many double Os. No wonder you hated this movie, you don’t even have a thought process to make sense out of.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Same difference. James Bond is not their real name.

      • Bob

        So it is your contention that there has been several James Bonds (maybe with each change of actor it is meant to represent a new james bond? Hard to reconcile though when Sean Connery reappeared after OHMSS and was on a rampage to kill the murderer of George Lazenby’s bride). Whether your correct or not, the fact is, I’ve read the books and seen the films and all the stories are about the same James Bond so your point is pointless. We are always to assume we are watching or reading about the same character not different incarnations of him. No wonder you find these films senseless, you don’t have the sense of what they are about.

      • Aquartertoseven

        You’re deflecting away from the point, this ^^^ is meaningless, the topic is Skyfail and how blind people like you are to its ample flaws.

      • Aquartertoseven

        You’re deflecting away from the point, this ^^^ is meaningless, the topic is Skyfail and how blind people like you are to its ample flaws.

      • Bob

        I understand that you are among the moviegoers who failed to see the quality of this film and it’s high ranking among the Bond film legacy. It is none of those things for you. And your negative take on the film is as valid as my positive one. I fail to see it’s faults (actually I do see them but they don’t detract from the overall quality of this fine film/, you fail to see it’s qualities. In that way, we are both blind. You brought up all the other bull…. that I merely replied to and obviously left you without a valid comeback. Truth is, the topic is how well Captain America did at the box office since it’s release last week and guess what…I really enjoyed that film as well. Look ^^^^^ you will see that I am correct in this. The topic is………

      • Aquartertoseven

        Yes, you do remain ignorant to Skyfail’s faults, let me enlighten you:

        The stolen agent list macguffin; Made famous in M:I then overused in films&TV shows; CharliesAngels2 etc – halfway through the film they just forgot about it

        Silva’s planned capture; Another overused device that was coincidentally in Batman. So what did Silva achieve? A conversation with M? When this is revealed shouldn’t we look back and have everything make sense? But, NO, I was left wondering why they tried to kill Bond twice in China.

        Why was a hacker in a cell controlled by a computer? Why is Q so stupid he plugged in the laptop to the building, to the mainframe of the entire organisation? How did Silva evade an armed MI6 guard 20 meters from his cell?

        Super calculating Silva’s plan at the end was a firefight? With a backup plan of another firefight?

        So they figured out Silva was dressed as a cop and no-one told anyone? The irony of M defending herself (reading a poem) knowing her own ex agent was about to shoot up the place was lost on critics&writers alike.

        Could Bond not take a Sim free phone or’radio’ & call backup when Silva arrived at the end? Instead they had their Home Alone moment- even Macaulay Culkin eventually called the police

        Bond’s betrayal is M ordering Naomi to take a risky shot. Bond later tell’s M he heard the order… why didn’t he get out the way then? he just kept fighting like an idiot. Did Naomi only have 1 bullet?

        14. Bond follows an assassin & lets him kill innocent people! How is this in his character?! The previous 2 films already rebooted Bond to show WHY he doesn’t let innocents die.

        Naomi is a forced character..appearing randomly to remind us she still exists so we can think it’s ‘clever’ when she becomes Moneypenny. Money penny gets demoted from field agent to secretary?!! Not even analyst. If she is that hopeless why is she on the most important mission ever?

        They traced the shrapnel in Bond’s chest to a ‘special’bullet that only 3 people use? His a ‘ghost’…but we have his full flight manifesto. This is how they advanced the plot?

        One minute he can’t shoot…10 seconds later he shoots everyone in a 360 arc? So what happened? Oh we are just abandoning that theme mid- se..

        Quite a few instances of Bond just standing in front of a landscape shot with his legs apart ‘being deep’. I thought he was urinating at first.

        Q is both a quartermaster & a programmer for the sake of the illogical theme.. but these are completely different skill sets…?

        Knowing all this…what is the list doing in Turkey on a laptop hard drive? Why are only 2-3 agents on the case? They couldn’t even do the liberty of making something up for the audience. Imagine Thunderball didn’t show how SPECTRE got the nukes…

        Why couldn’t Silva just hack the list? Oh because it isn’t connected to the internet you say…but the MI6 heating system is?

      • Bob

        Wow…you have way too much time on your hands. You missed my most important point in the last post. I know the film has flaws but I don’t give a rat’s a….! Loved the film. Never bored me…often amused me and for the 1st time ever a Bond film took some time to show some character development in it’s main protagonists . And oh by the way, the 1st 2 films which were actually the 20something films not the 1st two but if we stick to the 1st 2 Daniel Craig outings, they actually brought back the cold calculated killer personna established by Connery before the buffoonery of Roger Moore nearly sank the franchise. Anyway, have fun with the hating…I really don’t give a rat’s a.. if you like or hate the film. And bravo Captain America. Well deserved success!

      • Aquartertoseven

        I just copy and pasted some complaints that I share from imdb.

        It’s an awful film, stay delusional then.

      • Bob

        Improper use of the word delusional. Say I have bad taste. Say I wouldn’t know quality if it hit me over the head with a sledge hammer. I am not delusional. I am a cinema lover who hapens to find Skyfall an excellent film. Just because my taste doesn’t jive with yours doesn’t make me delusional or wrong. It means we disagree. You are comfortable with your opinion (which is all it is) and I am comfortable with mine. I saw another of your posts where you lambasted other classical films that have earned their place in history as such and no amount of your negative take on them is going to change the fact that they are recognized as classic films. Can’t wait for Captain America 3 (or Bond 24/25/whatever the next one is)

      • Aquartertoseven

        You are delusional if you don’t accept that this film has too many flaws to be anything more than a bad film.

        Those ones I mentioned are also poor, as films, in terms of story, characters etc. aren’t good.

      • Bob

        You insisting that someone is delusional simply because they don’t share your views on certain films shows an amazing lack of maturity as well as a bloated ego. Your opinion of the quality or lack there of is exactly that YOUR OPINION! Delusional refers to something that has no basis in reality. My statements do as proven by the amount of documented positive critical response, box office success, cinemascore ratings and for the classic films you deride, their place in cinema history as determined by film critics, film historians and their recognized continued influence on the art of cinema through the passage of time. Your insulting rants will have vanished into the inertia of the blogoshere while these fims place in history will remain constant. That, my friend, is the cold hard FACT. Done!

      • Aquartertoseven

        Major flaws in the movie aren’t the result of an opinion, they’re verifiable facts.

      • Bob

        Your estimation of a movie is OPINION! As is mine. It’s all opinion. That these things are flaws is an opinion or even more so that these flaws make any movie a bad movie. You want verifiable facts? It is a verifiable fact that movies you listed as “bad” are on lists of classic films in just about every prestigous film society and with film preservationists and cinema historians including the American Film Institute. I never said what my own personal opinion is on these films but I’m intelligent enough to know that whether I like them or hate them, they are classic films that will live on as such long after my or your rants have faded into the oblivion of the blogosphere.Get over the notion that there is something wrong with somebody who doe not share your estimation of a film’s quality. Your opinion stands on equal ground with the opinion of others who agree and who disagree. In other words, get over yourself. Now I am done!!!

      • Aquartertoseven

        The flaws aren’t the result of an opinion, they are facts. To say that it was unbelievably stupid for Q to plug a potentially harmful device into the MI6 mainframe IS a fact. Whether or not you have standards and these things bother you, that’s subjective.

      • Bob

        You have a perception problem. My full statement reads whether or not these flaws make a movie a bad movie. All films have flaws as do the lives and stories we live in real life have flaws. I have standards and when a movie is bad, it’s flaws do bother me. When a movie is as good as Skyfall or Captain America, The Winter Soldier, I forgive them their flaws as I forgive you yours. I’m done now…and this time I really mean it.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Inconsistencies can be forgiven, like if a gun is in a guy’s left hand one shot and the right in the next, but plot points, things that are essential, when they don’t make sense, they ruin the movie. And if they’re in such a large quantity as they are in Skyfall, the film is just bad.

      • Basil Nolan

        Thanks dude. I thought I was all alone on that one. Skyfall is super-overrated, being only Adele’s performance and Roger Deakins’ cinematography the only remarkable features of the movie.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Have a look at reviews on imdb, amazon (UK or US), there are plenty of people that see sense on this film.

      • mattinacan

        Skyfall is one of the best Bond movies ever

      • Aquartertoseven

        If you like bland, derivative, nonsensical films, yeah, you’d love it.

      • mattinacan

        haha, sure sure, you are obviously way smarter than every major movie critic in the world. how aren’t you rolling in the dough genius?

      • Aquartertoseven

        Movie critics like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Fargo, Seven Samurai and all are mediocre at best. Critics aren’t infallible. They’re not gods. Go on imdb or amazon, you’ll see an abundance of valid, major complaints. It’s you that isn’t smart if you somehow like this polished turd.

      • mattinacan

        Oh yea those movies are totally awful! Also Blade Runner and Godfather, man they suck! These critics are so stupid, guys like Roger Ebert, Glenn Kenny or Edelstein, they don’t know what they are talking about, Skyfall was a polished turd – user reviews on amazon are where it’s at! I heard Adam Sandler has a new movie coming out you will love, that guy can’t seem to go on a tropical vacation without being stuck with sexy girls that he hates. I can’t stand when that happens to me. lol, what a tool.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Blade Runner too, what a god awful film that was, but Godfather shouldn’t be placed among them. It is overrated as f***, but it’s a great film. Ebert changed his opinions every time someone disagreed with him, and had ridiculous opinions on a lot of films, he wasn’t perfect. User reviews on imdb or amazon detail the many, many problems with the film. Of course, I have logical reasons to dislike these movies so I must be an Adam Sandler fan, weak.

        I’d say that the tool here is the one that likes shit films because others do, rather than the one that has seen them for what they are regardless of hype.

  • TotesMcGotes

    If Rio 2 had some bald eagles as protagonists it might stood a chance against ‘Murrica.

  • Django9000

    Way to go Cap! (Holy crap- breakneck competition at the box office this weekend, appparently.)
    My way far pre – emptive prediction for the next sequel is that it gets far better reviews than B v S man, but that they both are neck in neck for an opening weekend take that comes down to near identical sums. Make mine Marvel! :)

    • Person

      Capt. America will get way better reviews because people will be prejudiced against the Man of Steel sequel the same way they were for Man of Steel itself, and because there will be an inevitable letdown for all the millions of people who have waited to see Batman and Superman on-screen together and just won’t like whatever Snyder and co. come up with because it’s not the same thing they’ve had in their heads for however many years.

      But BvS will win that opening weekend cuz of the novelty factor of having Bats, Supes, WW, and whoever else they put in there all on-screen for the first time. Capt America will make more money in the long run, but the opening weekend will go to BvS. I’d be surprised if it didn’t.

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