Weekend box office: Captain America: The Winter Soldier breaks April records

Weekend box office Captain America The Winter Soldier

With only $65 million on it’s opening weekend, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER had the weakest opening for Marvel’s big three standalone films (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America).  So I suspected the sequel might follow suit.  But I was wrong.  Instead, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is smashing the April box office records, hauling in over $90 million at the weekend box office, even more than most pundits predicted.  I’m sure the execs at Marvel are grinning ear to ear with this news, while the folks at Warner Bros. are probably hanging their heads.  I’ll give it a month to die down a little bit before WB announced their moving the date of their Batman vs Superman film.  Last week’s number one film, NOAH, fell to the second spot, while holdover GOD’S NOT DEAD is still bringing in people, taking the fourth spot.

Even though it may feel like we hit the summer movie season this weekend, it technically doesn’t start for another three weeks.  But next week sees the release of the animated sequel RIO 2, as well as Kevin Costner in another sports movie, DRAFT DAY.  DRAFT DAY is hitting theaters a little early, but I’m sure it didn’t want to contend with May releases (the actual NFL draft starts on Thursday, May 8th).  I’m sure both films will find an audience, but my guess is that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will dominate again and take the top spot and it may continue to do so until THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 opens up in May.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96.2m

2. Noah $17m

3. Divergent $13m

4. God’s Not Dead $7.7m

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel $6.3m

6. The Muppets Most Wanted $6.2m

7. Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5.1m

8. Sabotage $1.9m

9. Need For Speed $1.8m

10. Non-Stop $1.8m

(Deadline)

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