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411 Box Office Report: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Grounds Rio 2, Stays #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.13.2014

It was a weekend where steady won the race at the box office. Captain America: The Winter Soldier came back from being topped on Friday by Rio 2 to win the overall weekend. The Marvel Studios film brought in $41.4 million for the #1 spot. That's a fall of 56%, which is about what was expected given the fanboy, front-loaded nature of the action film. It's actually a pretty good number, slightly better than the 58% that Iron Man 3 fell and the 57% that Thor: The Dark World dropped. The film continues to do well both overseas and domestically; in two weeks so far it has brought in $159 million domestically and $476.7 million worldwide so far on a budget of $170 million. For the record, the overseas gross is already approaching double what Captain America: The First Avenger did ($193.9 million), showing how much effect The Avengers had on the character's appeal worldwide.

Rio 2 finished at #2 with $39 million. The animated sequel got off to a good start on Friday, beating Winter Soldier for the top spot. However, the weekend estimate was lowered throughout the weekend to this final number which is about in line with the $39.2 million that the first film did. The film averaged $9,878 from 3,948 theaters. It's doing very well on a worldwide level though, with $125 million overseas for a first-weekend total of $164.2 million. The film also has several markets left to open in. The A CinemaScore indicates that audiences liked it and will probably provide good word-of-mouth, which means that Fox will be looking at a tidy profit from its $103 million.

Coming in at #3 was Relativity and WWE Studios' horror film Oculus. The film, which stars Doctor Who alum Karen Gillen and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, brought in $12 million which was right around what the studio was hoping for it to do. The film scored generally good reviews (71% at Rotten Tomatoes and a 61 at Metacritic) but audience reaction was polarizing with a disappointing C CinemaScore. The film averaged $4,532 from 2,648 theaters and will be a solid performer for the studios, considering the budget was just $5 million.

Disappointing with a #4 opening was Kevin Costner's Draft Day, which fell short of the eight figure mark. The football-themed picture opened with $9.8 million, below the $12 million to 13 million that Lionsgate was hoping for. It's another slant against the idea that Costner can carry a movie on his own; the film brought in male audiences but female audiences skewed away. The film got a solid B+ CinemaScore that will help the film's successive weeks though and it should end up with being a mild success for Lionsgate, depending on the budget (which is unknown at this point).

Divergent down two spots in its fourth weekend, finishing at #5 with $7.5 million. The young adult novel adaptation continues to perform well, bringing its total gross to $124.9 million domestically and $175.2 million worldwide from an $85 million budget. It still has a few overseas markets to hit too, which will likely help get it to $200 million worldwide by the time it's done.

Darren Aronofsky's Noah continues to fade, although it will go into the black for Paramount. The film slipped four spots to #6 with $7.5 million. The movie has totalled $84.9 million domestically and $246.9 million worldwide from a budget of $125 million.

God's Not Dead slipped down three spots to #7 in its fourth weekend, bringing in $4.5 million. The religious drama, which stars Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo, is a huge success for Pure Flix Entertainment, with a total gross of $40.7 million from a budget of just $2 million.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel was down two spots in its sixth weekend, hitting #8 with $4.1 million. The film has now grossed $39.5 million domestically and $93.8 million worldwide.

Muppets Most Wanted dropped four spots, finishing out at #9 with $2.2 million in its fourth weekend. The family film is an unmitigated box office disappointment at this point, with just $45.7 million domestically and $60.5 million worldwide from a $50 million budget.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman closed out the top ten with a three-spot drop. The film brought in $1.8 million in its sixth weekend, bringing its domestic gross to $105.2 million domestically and $241.7 million worldwide on a budget of $145 million.

One note outside the top ten; The Raid 2: Berandal expanded to semi-wide release and stayed just outside the list. It finished at #11 with $1 million to bring its domestic total to $1.4 million in three weeks.

The weekend box office tally was $138.3 million, up a good 19% from last year's take of $116.7 million that was led by 42's $27.5 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 - $41.4 million ($159 million total)
2. Rio 2 - $39 million ($39 million total)
3. Oculus - $12 million ($12 million total)
4. Draft Day - $9.8 million ($9.8 million total)
5. Divergent - $7.5 million ($124.9 million total)
6. Noah - $7.5 million ($84.9 million total)
7. God's Not Dead - $4.5 million ($40.7 million total)
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $4.1 million ($39.5 million total)
9. Muppets Most Wanted - $2.2 million ($45.7 million total)
10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $1.8 million ($105.2 million total)


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