Box Office: 'Captain America' Battles Newcomers For Top Spot
By Zach Seemayer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the box office again this week, earning $41.3 million. That is a 56% drop from it's opening weekend, however that does seem to be on par with the second-weekend drop of almost all Marvel films, usually because they just make so much in their debut. It is also less of a drop than Captain America: The First Avenger, which had a smaller first and second weekend haul, and had a 60% drop after its bow.
Domestically, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already made $159 million off a $170 million budget, and it close to surpassing its predecessor's total domestic gross in just three weekends. Internationally, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is simply dominating, having already earned $317.7 million overseas, bringing its world-wide total to $476.7 million.
Another sequel, the family-friendly animated film Rio 2, had a strong opening, coming close to Cap's totals but falling slightly short with $39 million. It also fell slightly short of Rio's $39.2 million opening back in 2011, which is never a good sign for a big-budget sequel. The movie is going to need staying power to earn back its $103 million dollar budget domestically.
The low-budget horror flick Oculus, starring Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan, had a strong bow, earning $12 million against a $5 million budget, and knocking the highly-advertised Draft Day down into fourth. Draft Day, despite starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, only managed to rake in $9.7 million.
And finally, the young adult action thriller Divergent couldn't compete against the might of the new wave of films, but still managed to snag $7.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $124 million, far more than its $85 million budget.
Noah sank to sixth place, right next to another faith-based film God's Not Dead. Wes Anderson's quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel dropped two spots to eighth place, while family comedies Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody & Sherman held tough in ninth and tenth place respectively.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $41.3 million