Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier makes history at the global box office, debuting to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America for an early worldwide total of $303.3 million.
Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is making history at the global box office, debuting to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America for an early worldwide total of $303.3 million.
In only 10 days overseas, the sequel, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, has already taken in $207.1 million -- surpassing the entire foreign run of Captain America: The First Avenger ($193.9 million). Domestically, Captain America 2 scored the top April opening of all time, and the film is on track to surpass the entire global gross of The First Avenger ($370.6 million) by the end of next weekend. Overseas, where it opened ahead of its North American launch, the $170 million tentpole took in $107.1 million for the weekend from 50 markets, including a $39.2 million opening in China.
Darren Aronofsky's controversial biblical epic Noah came in second place both domestically and internationally, grossing $17 million for a domestic total of $72.3 million. Overseas, Noah, from Paramount and New Regency, sailed past the $100 million mark, taking in $45.6 million from 45 markets for a foreign total of $106.2 million and worldwide total of $178.5 million.
In third place was Summit's Divergent, which collected $13 million over its third weekend at the box office to push the film’s domestic total to $114 million. The YA adaptation took in $11.1 million internationally from 44 markets for an early foreign total of $22.4 million and global total of $136.4 million.
Freestyle Releasing's Christian film, God's Not Dead, expanding into a total of 1,758 theaters in its third outing, placed number four with $7.7 million for a domestic total of $32.5 million.
Wes Anderson's hit The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the top five as it expanded into a total of 1,263 theaters in its fifth weekend, grossing $6.3 million for a total of $33.4 million. Internationally, Budapest Hotel took in $5.5 million from 35 markets for a foreign total of $54.3 million and worldwide total of $87.7 million.
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, now in its third weekend out, came in sixth place, taking in $6.28 million for a domestic total of $42.1 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, now in its fifth week at the box office, brought in $5.3 million for a domestic total of $102.2 million and a seventh place finish.
In eighth place, Open Road’s Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, made $1.9 million over its sophomore weekend for a total of $8.8 million.
DreamWorks Pictures and Disney's Aaron Paul racing movie Need for Speed came in ninth place over its fourth week out, bringing in $1.84 million for a total of $40.8 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Universal’s Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, now in its sixth week at the box office, brought in $1.83 million for a domestic total of $88.1 million.
A week ahead of its U.S. debut, Blue Sky’s Rio 2 added $22.2 million from 12 foreign markets, pushing the animated sequel’s total to $55.5 million.
Disney Animation's Frozen has now earned $1.1 billion worldwide, surpassing The Dark Knight Rises to move up to ninth place all-time. The animated musical continues to big business in Japan, where it has made $75.1 million to date and held first place for four straight weekends.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.