1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $41.4 million [2nd week; $159 million in total] Last week’s champ looked like it was going to have a short stint atop the box office, but a strong Saturday showing prevented a drop to second place. It stayed consistent with other recent Marvel Studios films – “Iron Man 3” and “Thor: The Dark World” both dropped more than 50 percent from their opening week haul, but “Winter Soldier” held up the best of the three sliding 56 percent.
“Rio 2” actually led on Friday, which wasn’t a big shock since it had been about a month since a new family film came to theaters so this isn’t a major upset, but Cap’s audience turned out in force on Saturday. Worldwide, the film is now at $476 million and will likely reach $600 million by this time next week.
2. Rio 2 – $39 million [debut week] The box office nearly went to the birds as the sequel to the lightly-regarded 2011 animated film looked like it was going to be swooping off with a weekend victory. The sequel disappointingly performed along the lines of the $39.2 million opening of its predecessor, and it will be interesting to see if it surpasses the $143 million total gross of the original.
3. Oculus – $12 million [debut week] The latest horror thriller for 2014 met with a similar fate of the earlier offerings and continues the genre’s struggles for a hit. The last horror thriller to reach more than $50 million was “Insidious: Chapter 2,” which grossed $83 million in September, but it’s clear the genre is not captivating audiences like it did in 2013, when horror thrillers routinely topped the box office and four went past $50 million.
This was a puzzling release considering the timing was off. Seems like putting a film about the NFL draft would have benefited from coming out closer to the actual draft.
4. Divergent – $7 million [4th week; $125 million in total] – Shailene Woodley’s YA futuristic drama holds on to a Top 5 spot for another week as it appears to be winding down its run.