UPDATE: NEW ESTIMATES HAVE CAPTAIN AMERICA AT NUMBER 1. Moments ago, new estimates were released that put Captain America: The Winter Soldier on top of the box office with $41 million, while Rio 2 would be in second place with $38.7 million. That’s how close the weekend has been. If there are more changers, we’ll update the column accordingly.
The early estimates were in, and it was an exceptionally strong weekend at the box office, as two films grossed over $40 million. Here’s what went down:
Rio 2 gave families a new option and performed very well, bringing in an estimated $45 million to secure to the top spot at the box office. The summer season is right around the corner with larger movies on the way, but Rio 2 scores at least bragging rights for its debut.
Coming in second this weekend was Captain America: The Winter Solider, which brought in an estimated $42 million, a drop of 56% from its first weekend, which is actually a very good number. The film is already close to outperforming the original film in North America, and should be the second non-Iron Man Marvel film to cross the $200 million mark at home. For the record, in just three weeks in worldwide release, the movie has already grossed close to $500 million, demonstrating that Cap resonates around the world.
As for the rest of the top five, new horror film Occulus debut in third place with $12.8 million, in front of Draft Day, which could only muster up $10.8 million. Divergent closed things out in fifth place with $7.5 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $43 million
2) Rio 2 – $41 million
3) Occulus – $15 million
4) Draft Day – $13 million
5) Noah – $10.5 million
And here’s what the early estimates are telling us:
1) Rio 2 – $45 million
2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $42 million
3) Occulus – $12.8 million
4) Draft Day – $10.8 million
5) Divergent – $7.5 million
Next weekend sees the release of the new Johnny Depp film, Transcendence. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.