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411 Box Office Report: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Soars to #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.06.2014

It was all Marvel Studios at the box office this weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier dominated the box office with $96.2 million in its debut weekend. That number is a record-setter in terms of April releases, smashing the $86.2 million record set by Fast Five in 2011. The film is following the trend of Marvel's Phase Two films in improving on its predecessor by a substantial margin; Captain America: The First Avenger opened to $65.1 million in July of 2011. The film also surpassed Thor: The Dark World's opening of $85.7 million.

The action-thriller had far and away the highest per-theater opening of any film in the top ten, with $24,429 from the 3,938 theaters that it opened in. The film's good reviews were complimented by a stellar A CinemaScore. It will still drop strongly next weekend, following the trend of fanboy-oriented films of being more front-loaded than other films but it's well on its way to becoming a hit and should easily pass $225 million, perhaps higher. The film has also grossed $207.1 million overseas, which has already topped the entire overseas run of the first Captain America film. That gives it a worldwide total of $303.3 million from a budget of $170 million.

Darren Aronofsky's Noah took a hit in its second weekend, though not enough to drop it more than a single spot to #2. The film drew in $17 million, a drop of 61% from last weekend. It would appear that the divisive fan reaction hurt its second weekend at the box office and the faith-based crowd didn't stick around after initial curiosity. The movie is doing well overall though, with $72.3 million domestically and $178.5 million from a budget of $125 million.

Divergent was also down a spot to #3 in its third weekend with $13 million. The young adult novel adaptation is well on its way to success with $114 million domestically and $136.4 million worldwide from an $85 million budget, easily justifying it as a franchise for Lionsgate.

Up one spot in its third week was God's Not Dead. The religious drama expanded into more theaters and was rewarded with a drop of just 12%, bringing in $7.7 million The film, which stars Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo, has now grossed $32.5 million from an unknown budget.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel also rose up the charts, finishing a slot higher than last week at #5 with $6.3 million. The film has now grossed $33.4 million domestically and $78.5 million worldwide; it is now the highest grossing of Anderson's film on a worldwide level and ranks at #3 among his films domestically. It will very likely top the domestic list by the end of its run.

Muppets Most Wanted was down three spots to #6 in its third weekend with $6.3 million. The family film has grossed $42.1 million domestically and $52.2 million worldwide from a $50 million budget.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman also dropped three positions, finishing at #7 with $5.3 million in its fifth weekend. The DreamWorks Animation film has now grossed $102.2 million domestically and $225.3 million worldwide on a budget of $145 million.

Meanwhile, Sabotage's box office woes continued. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest action film fell just one spot to #8 but dropped 64% to just $1.9 million. That's above the usual 50% drop for an action film, which is even worse considering how low it opened. The film has now grossed $8.8 million and won't even be able to top the $12.1 million that The Last Stand grossed last year.

Need For Speed was down one spot in its fourth weekend, finishing at #9 with $1.8 million. The film has now grossed $40.8 million domestically and $184.5 million worldwide on a $66 million budget.

Liam Neeson's Non-Stop held steady at #10 in its sixth weekend. The action-thriller brought in $1.8 million; it has now grossed $88.2 million domestically and $178.3 million worldwide on a production budget of $50 million.

The weekend box office tally was $167 million, up a solid 24% from last year's take of $134.7 million that was led by Evil Dead's $25.8 million opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $96.2 million ($96.2 million total)
2. Noah - $17 million ($72.3 million total)
3. Divergent - $13 million ($114 million total)
4. God's Not Dead - $7.7 million ($32.5 million total)
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $6.3 million ($33.4 million total)
6. Muppets Most Wanted - $6.3 million ($42.1 million total)
7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $5.3 million ($102.2 million total)
8. Sabotage - $1.9 million ($8.8 million total)
9. Need For Speed - $1.8 million ($40.8 million total)
10. Non-Stop - $1.8 million ($88.2 million total)


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