Weekend Box Office: “Winter Soldier” Overpowers “Rio 2,” “Oculus”

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014) - Weekend Box Office (We Live Film)

by Matt Marshall

The patriotic Marvel hero rose to the occasion for the second straight weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $41.4 million.

The next three spots were all taken by newcomers. In a close second, animated sequel Rio 2 pulled in $39 million. That’s the strongest animated opening since The LEGO Movie in February. In third place, supernatural film Oculus opened to $12 million. Fictionalized NFL Draft film, Draft Day took the fourth place spot with $9.8 million.

Rounding out the top films this weekend is young adult adaptation, Divergent. Divergent grossed another $7.5 million, bringing its four-week total to nearly $125 million.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (1)
$41.4 million / $159.0 million total

Now in 10 days of release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has jut about surpassed the original’s $176 million total. That’s fantastic news for Marvel Studios, proving “Phase Two” is generating bigger buzz after The Avengers. The rest of April will continue to aid The Winter Soldier towards an impressive $250 million finish. All standing in his way is next week’s Transcendence starring Johnny Depp.

#2 – Rio 2 (NR)
$39.0 million / $39.0 million total

Blu might have been MIA from the box office the past three years. However, audiences haven’t forgotten about this sequel to the 2011 hit. Rio 2 opened this weekend on par with the first film. Rio 2 opened in first on Friday over The Winter Soldier. But thanks to some warmer weather, the animated sequel settled for second place. A modest start, but with animated competition at a minimum, another strong run is in order.

#3 – Oculus (NR)
$12.0 million / $12.0 million total

Overshadowed by Captain America and Rio 2, supernatural film Oculus claimed a modest $12 million. That places the film on par with Insidious, also released in April. Reviews for Oculus have been generally positive. That should help extend the film’s legs especially for a genre that drops off heavily after the first frame.

#4 – Draft Day (NR)
$9.8 million / $9.8 million total

Draft Day is Kevin Costner’s weakest opener of 2014. After 3 Days to Kill and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, that’s not a good sign for the veteran actor. This Ivan Reitman take on the NFL Draft pulled in just under $10 million. Mixed reviews for Draft Day surely didn’t do the film any favors.

#5 – Divergent (3)
$7.5 million / $124.9 million total

Can Divergent carry on for three more films? Summit Entertainment seems to think so. It was just announced that the final book, Allegiant will be split into two films in 2016 and 2017. At the box office, Divergent dropped another 42% in its fourth weekend. $150 million will be a stretch at its current rate.

Opening Next Week: Heaven is For Real (Wednesday), Bears, Transcendence, A Haunted House 2

Source: Box Office Mojo


Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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