April 7, 2014 by Vinnie Leduc
When it comes to April, The Winter Soldier is the captain now. Topping the 2011 debut of Fast Five by about $10 million, the $96.2 million opening of Marvel’s Captain America sequel over the weekend at the domestic box office nearly broke nine digits and set a new record for the highest ever in the month of April.
Our #3 most anticipated movie of the year, The Winter Soldier was released a week earlier in international markets, where it’s already made more through its first ten days than the first Captain America did in its entire run.
With very strong reviews, including ours, Captain America: The Winter Soldier should enjoy considerable success for the rest of the month because it won’t face blockbuster competition until the release of another Marvel sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in early May.
At the domestic box office, young adult sci-fi adaptation Divergent and Dreamworks Animations’ family flick Mr. Peabody & Sherman both crossed the $100 million mark. Meanwhile, Disney’s hit 3D musical Frozen moved past The Dark Knight Rises to claim ninth on the all-time international gross chart.
The upcoming weekend introduces a trio of major releases: 3D animated sequel Rio 2, horror flick Oculus, and sports drama Draft Day.
Here are the estimates for the top five of the domestic box office over the weekend via BOM:
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Weekend Gross: $95 million — Total Gross: $95 million (new)
- Noah — Weekend Gross: $17 million — Total Gross: $72.3 million (#1 last week)
- Divergent — Weekend Gross: $13 million — Total Gross: $114 million (#2 last week)
- God’s Not Dead — Weekend Gross: $7.7 million — Total Gross: $32.5 million (#5 last week)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel — Weekend Gross: $6.3 million — Total Gross: $33.4 million (#6 last week)