In a surprise to nobody, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped domestic box offices this weekend with a resounding $96.2m opening, making the film’s release the largest April release in history. What’s more interesting is the film’s international gross, surpassing the $207m mark this weekend. For a film so deeply rooted in American patriotism, it’s surprising to see Captain America perform so well overseas.
Ever since Marvel Studios officially began producing their own films with 2008’s Iron Man, the studio has been on a box office tear, with each subsequent film generating millions, if not billions, in returns. Analysts have noted the The Avengers effect, which has shown to help every Marvel film released since 2012’s The Avengers, and that effect has been as clear as day, with Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and now Captain America: The Winter Soldier raking in the big bucks following the superhero team-up film. Of course, the real test for Marvel, as I’ve been saying for over the past year, is whether or not Guardians of the Galaxy can make as much at the box office as the aforementioned films have.
In other box office news, Noah dropped to the second spot with a $17m weekend, which was a dramatic downturn from last weekend’s $44m showing. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel climbed a spot to 5th with $6.3m, while 300: Rise of an Empire completely fell out of the Top 10. This weekend’s openings include the family-friendly Rio 2, the NFL-related Draft Day, and the horror film Oculus. However, the biggest news is that The Raid 2: Berandal expands to more theaters this week; I implore every single one of you to catch The Raid 2 this weekend. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $96,200,000
2. Noah – $17,000,000
3. Divergent – $13,000,000
4. God’s Not Dead – $7,726,000
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $6,300,000
6. Muppets Most Wanted – $6,285,000
7. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – $5,300,000
8. Sabotage – $1,908,000
9. Need for Speed – $1,836,000
10. Non-Stop – $1,827,000