The Avengers Effect is still in full force. But let’s give some credit to Chris Evans and the cast, the writers, directors, producers and marketing team of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has scored a well deserved hit on its opening weekend in the US with an April record-setting $96.2 million. Roaring past the previous holder – Fast Five – Cap also surpassed the opening of the last Marvel hero, Thor in The Dark World.
With an additional $107 million from earlier and continued worldwide success, Steve Rogers’ sequel is past $300 million globally in just 10 days. Marvel already has another outing in development, so this welcome news will serve more to buoy everyone’s spirits than to affect the character's future.
Noah was caught in Cap’s wake and pushed to second place, losing 61% from its opening to add $17 million. Divergent, meanwhile, fell to third, but crossed the $100 million mark handily, with $114 million in the bank Stateside so far.
Despite a general critical mauling, Christian-aimed pic God’s Not Dead actually went up one place to fourth, where it earned $7.7 million for a $32 million total. Perhaps that one will spawn God’s Still Not Dead for next spring?
Fifth place went to The Grand Budapest Hotel, which also jumped a place and continues to be one of Wes Anderson’s most successful films. It currently stands third on the all-time Anderson list, looking to challenge Moonrise Kingdom but unlikely to best top slot owner The Royal Tennenbaums, which earned $75.3 million.
In sixth, Muppets Most Wanted continued to fall, taking home $6.2 million this weekend. That kept it ahead of DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which slipped to seventh for $5.3 million. David Ayer’s Sabotage dropped to eighth, proving that Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to reclaim his old box office magic touch as the crime thriller made $1.9 million for a disappointing $8.7 million US total to date.
Ninth was Need For Speed, earning $1.82 million and 10th place went to Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, which stayed steady for a week and added $1.8 million with $88.1 million in the domestic bank so far.
For a full report from a data centre we hope hasn’t been invaded by an evil artificial intelligence, head to Box Office Mojo.