Box office roundup – April 6, 2014 – "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" brings summer heat with record breaking opening weekend

Marvel Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
Marvel
Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $96 million [debut week] Everyone was expecting the sequel to “Captain America: The First Avenger” to do well and it easily lived up to those expectations shattering the record for best April opening previously held by “Fast Five” ($86.1 million in 2011).

Chris Evans’ third time as the patriotic Avenger received the predicted post “Marvel’s The Avengers” bump. “Iron Man 3” earned an astonishing 95% more than “Iron Man 2” while “Thor: The Dark World” posted a 44% increase over “Thor.” “The Dark World” opened to $85.7 million and finished with a worldwide $644 million total.

Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)
Zade Rosenthal/Marvel
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)

Beyond the bump from “Avengers,” the film fared well with critics. On rottentomatoes.com, it’s at 89% freshness, good for third best in the Marvel Studios’ Avenger films — trailing only “Iron Man’s” 93% and “Avengers'” 92% and with an “A” CinemaScore, audiences are loving it as well so expect “Winter Soldier” to continue raking in big business in the upcoming weeks.

Globally, the film brought in another $107 million leading to a worldwide total of $303 million in 10 days. The $207 million international haul so far is more than the $193 million “First Avenger” earned in its entire international run. “First Avenger” earned a decent worldwide $370 million in total, but “Winter Soldier” looks like a solid bet to at least double that haul at this rate.

2. Noah – $17 million [2nd week; $72.3 million in total] Cap’s shield wrecked some damage on last week’s champ as it sunk nearly 70 percent from its opening weekend. There’s not much coming by way of significant competition so Russell Crowe’s latest should stay in the Top 3 at least (family film “Rio 2” is the only significant threat) for the next couple of weeks.

Jaap Buitendijk/Summit Entertainment, LLC. Will (Ben Lloyd Hughes), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) enjoy a night out.
Jaap Buitendijk/Summit Entertainment, LLC.
Will (Ben Lloyd Hughes), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) enjoy a night out.

3. Divergent – $13 million [3rd week; $114 million] Shailene Woodley’s YA film cracked $100 million to fully prove its franchise viability, but it’s kinda amazing seeing the power of the Avengers brand as “Winter Soldier” nearly earned “Divergent’s” gross in one weekend.

4. God’s Not Dead – $7.7 million [3rd week; $30 million in total] The religious hit film held up the strongest of any of the holdovers dropping just 6% from last week.

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $6.1 million [5th week; $33 million in total] With an aggressive roll-out of 1,200 theaters, Wes Anderson’s latest continues to be a strong performer.

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