'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Rules Box Office With An Iron Fist
By Zach Seemayer
Once again, Marvel is the king of the mountain as Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a stellar opening weekend, earning $96.2 million, making it the largest April opening in box office history.
The film dominated the weekend, pushing the second and third weekend totals of other box office competitors down steeply.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was one of the most hotly-anticipated movies of 2014 as the year began, and according to its impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and roundly rave reviews, the explosive action thriller did not disappoint.
This installment in the Captain America franchise had already opened in a few overseas markets before its bow in America, and its foreign take has been staggering. Internationally, Cap has raked in an addition $207.1 million for a worldwide total of $303.3 million.
The film made so much money that despite his huge release in nearly 4,000 theaters, it still managed to pull in $24,000 per screen.
Darren Aronofsky's Noah got hit hardest by Cap's success, dropping a staggering 61.1% and only managing to pull in $17 million. Its domestic total is only $72 million, far short of its $125 million budget.
Divergent dropped another 49.3% from last weekend, earning $13 million. However, its very strong opening and decent second weekend mean a grand total of $114 million domestically, making it one of the few Young Adult franchises in recent years not to bomb hard.
The religious film God's Not Dead actually climbed a step and reclaimed its fourth place spot, snagging $7.7 million for a movie headlined by Kevin Sorbo.
Wes Anderson's masterpiece The Grand Budapest Hotel came in fifth with $6.3 million, while Muppets Most Wanted dropped to sixth place from third place, earning only $6.2 million.
The other family-friendly film shoved down by the might of Captain America was Mr. Sherman & Peabody, which took in $5.3 million in seventh place.
Sabotage, the crime drama that bombed last week opening in 7th place managed to drop 63.8% in sales. However, since the box office take was so limited anyway, it only dropped the film one spot down to eighth after earning $1.9 million.
Need For Speed dropped from eight to ninth earning $1.8 million, while the Liam Neeson airplane thriller Non-Stop stayed firmly in 10th with $1.8 million.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $96.2 million.
2. Noah - $17 million
3. Divergent - $13 million
4. God's Not Dead - $7.7 million
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $6.3 million
6. Muppets Most Wanted - $6.2 million
7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $5.3 million
8. Sabotage - $1.9 million
9. Need For Speed – $1.8 million
10. Non-Stop – $1.8 million