Just another day at the box office as Marvel took the top spot and set a record in the process.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (read our review) is the number 1 film this weekend with $96 million. As we already mentioned, that’s the biggest April opening ever, ahead of Fast Five‘s $86 million back in 2011.
The Winter Soldier also continues to add to its worldwide total, which is now up to a massive $303 million after two weeks abroad. Next up for the international markets are Brazil and Japan – two pretty lucrative territories.
While many predicted the Marvel train would keep rolling post-Avengers, these Phase 2 films are still far and away exceeding expectations, both financially and critically. Case in point: The Winter Soldier should eclipse the first Captain America‘s $179 million domestic total next weekend.
Dropping to the number 2 spot this weekend is Noah with $17 million. Although Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic fell almost 62%, the film has earned $72 million domestic and $178 million worldwide.
Divergent is the number 3 film this weekend with $13 million. Lionsgate/Summit’s latest YA adaptation has preformed much better than most with $114 million so far, but its numbers are still a far cry from the likes of Twilight and The Hunger Games. We’ll see how the film’s sequel, Insurgent, does next year.
In at number 4 is God’s Not Dead with $7.7 million. The religious-themed film is now up to $32 million.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Grand Budapest Hotel with $6.3 million. Now at $33 million, this latest Wes Anderson film has a solid chance of becoming the director’s highest grossing film ever, surpassing The Royal Tenenbaums‘ $52 million. Either way, The Grand Budapest Hotel will likely hang around the top 10 for a while as it continues to expand to more markets.
Coming in at number 6 is Muppets Most Wanted with $6.2 million, which brings its domestic total up to $42 million. While this latest Muppet adventure should surpass its $50 million budget when all is said and done it won’t be by much. It’s likely time to put the characters back on ice for a little bit.
The number 7 film is Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which pulled in $5.3 million over the weekend. Fox’s latest animated feature has eclipsed the $100 million mark with $102 million total, and is posting even better numbers overseas. All told, Mr. Peabody & Sherman has earned $238 million worldwide.
Sabotage is the number 8 film this weekend with $1.9 million. With only $8 million accrued thus far, Sabotage has firmly cemented its place as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s least successful films ever.
In at number 9 is Need for Speed with $1.83 million. With only $40 million domestic thus far, some might be quick to nix chances of seeing a Need for Speed 2, but the film has actually done decent business overseas and is now up to $183 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top 10 is Non-Stop with $1.82 million. The Liam Neeson thriller has accrued $88 million after six weeks.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 6th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo