It looked for a moment there as though the warbling birds of Rio 2 might actually employ kiddie audience power and overcome Steve Rogers, pulling ahead of Captain America: The Winter Solider in the Friday charts. But thanks to a muscular second weekend, Marvel’s Star Spangled Man was up to the challenge, seeing off all the newcomers to retain his position at the top of the US box office.
Cap’s latest adventure, which saw him in spy thriller mode, took in a healthy $41.3 million second weekend across the pond, representing a 56.4% drop from its successful launch. Despite the fall, The Winter Soldier has now sailed past $150 million, with $159 million in the US bank. The film’s worldwide take is creeping up towards $500 million (The First Avenger topped out at $370m) and we’d expect it to cross that in the next week. Not bad for a few short weeks on release around the globe. It currently places eighth on the Marvel Cinematic Universe ranks, but is expected to climb quickly.
As for Blue Sky/Fox’s new ‘toon, Rio 2 had an opening worth singing about, with $39 million in the American coffers. That’s roughly analogous to the original movie’s launch in 2011 despite slightly less positive reviews.
It won handily over other new arrivals, which included horror pic Oculus in third, which opened to $12 million and, in fourth, Kevin Costner’s latest sports pic Draft Day, which saw him tackle $9.7 million. It’s not exactly going to sit on the leader board for his occasional punts in the sports drama world, but it probably wasn’t too pricey to make either (Lionsgate/Summit haven’t released the budget).
Divergent took a tumble down two places this week, sliding to fifth with $7.5 million. The latest YA adaptation has made $124.8 million in the US to date. Noah, meanwhile, was down from second to sixth, earning $7.4 million with an $84.8 total so far.
God’s Not Dead fell to seventh, earning, $4.4 million, while The Grand Budapest Hotel slipped to eighth and $4 million. Muppets Most Wanted was down to ninth, earning $2.1 million, with Mr. Peabody & Sherman likely hit by the arrival of cartoon competition. It slipped from seventh to 10th and took in $1.8 million.
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