Box Office: 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Trumps 'Rio 2' With $41.4 Million
Carlos Saldanha's Rio 2 couldn't topple Captain America: The Winter Soldier after all.
Seeing far less of a family bump than anticipated on Saturday, the 3D animated sequel grossed $39 million from 3,948 theaters in its North American launch. Captain America 2's gross totaled $41.4 million, representing a respectable 56 percent decline from last weekend.
Globally, Disney and Marvel Studio's Captain America 2 has now earned a massive $476.1 million worldwide -- eclipsing the $370.6 million earned by the first Captain America in its entire run. The movie, grossing north of $80 million in China alone, has also earned more than the first Thor ($449 million).
Overseas, Fox Animation and Blue Sky's Rio 2 narrowly won the weekend race with a $62.3 million from 62 markets, compared to $60.6 million from 54 territories for Captain America 2. Rio 2 began rolling out in select foreign markets late last month, but made its biggest push this weekend. It has now earned $125.2 million internationally for a global total of $164.2 million.
Based on Friday's numbers, Rio 2 was expected to win the North American race with $45 million. However, traffic was only up 28 percent from Friday to Saturday, compared to the usual 60 percent to 70 percent for a family title (Captain America 2, faring better, was up 49 percent). At the same time, Rio 2 is still off to a strong start.
Studio insiders say good weather in much of the country -- particularly the Midwest and Northeast, which endured severe winters -- hurt business across the board on Saturday, and not only Rio 2.
"It was a complete aberration," said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson. "And with spring break in full swing, and with no other animated film opening for another nine weeks, we are in fantastic shape."
Rio 2, returning Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway in the voice leads and earning an A CinemaScore across all demos, matched the $39 million debut of the first Rio exactly three years ago, and hopes to enjoy strong legs thanks to spring holidays.
This time out, parrots Blu (Eisenberg) and Jewel (Hathaway) and their three offspring strike out on a trip to the Amazon rain forest with their owners, Linda (Leslie Mann) and Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro). The voice cast also sees the return of will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement and Jake T. Austin. New voice castmembers include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and Rita Moreno.
Two other family films remained in the top 10, Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody & Sherman, but both declined a steep 64 percent as Rio 2 entered the marketplace.
Elsewhere, new supernatural thriller Oculus, costing under $5 million to make, beat Ivan Reitman's football drama Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner.
From director Mike Flanagan, Oculus came in No. 3 with $12 million from 2,648 theaters. Relativity is releasing Oculus in association with Jason Blum's Blumhouse, MICA Entertainment and WWE Studios. Teaming for the first time, Relativity and Blumhouse acquired U.S. rights to Oculus at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival for $2.5 million.
The supernatural horror title, earning a C CinemaScore, stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff.
From Summit Entertainment, Draft Day grossed a less-than-expected $9.8 million from 2,781 locations to come in No. 4. The movie, receiving a B+ CinemaScore, stars Costner opposite Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott and Sean Combs. Reitman's company, Montecito Pictures, produced the $25 million film with OddLot Entertainment.
Summit's Divergent rounded out the top five, grossing $7.5 million from 3,110 theaters for a domestic total of $124.9 million. The movie isn't faring as well overseas, where it took in $23.2 million from 62 markets for a foreign total of $50.3 million and global cume of $175.2 million.
Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah is in the opposite situation. The Paramount and New Regency title finished Sunday with a worldwide total of $246.9 million, including an international haul of $162 million. The movie has grossed a respectable $84.9 million to date.
Fellow Christian film God's Not Dead remained in the top 10 over Palm Sunday weekend, placing No. 7 with $4.5 million from 1,860 theaters and pushing its total to $40.7 million.
At the specialty box office, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska, scored the top location average of the weekend ($24,244) as it opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the movie in the U.S.
The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, opened to $64,506 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $16,126. The Weinstein Co. is the domestic distributor.
Here are the top 10 estimates for the weekend of April 11-13 at the domestic box office:
Title, Weeks in Release/Theater Count, Studio, Weekend Total, Percentage Drop, Cume
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2/3,338, Disney/Marvel, $41.4 million, -56%, $159 million.
2. Rio, 2/3,948, Fox/Blue Sky, $39 million.
3. Oculus, 1/2,781, Relativity, $12 million.
4. Draft Day, 3/3,631, Lionsgate/Summit $9.8 million.
5. Divergent, 4/3,110, Lionsgate/Summit, $7.5 million, -42%, $124.9 million.
6. Noah, 3/3,282, Paramount/New Regency, $7.45 million, -56%, $84.9 million.
7. God's Not Dead, 4/1,860, Freestyle/Pure Flix, $4.5, -29%, $40.7 million.
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel, 6/1,467, Fox Searchlight, $4.1 million, -34%, $39.5 million.
9. Muppets Most Wanted, 4/2,261, Disney, $2.2 million, -64%, $45.7 million.
10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 6/2,001, Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $1.8 million, -64%, $105.2 million.