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NORTH AMERICA: 'Captain America 2' #1 on Monday with $3.46M; 'Rio 2' #2 with $2.67M on April 15, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Solider led the way on Monday with $3.46 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 44 percent from last Monday. It should be noted that Monday's daily percentage holds were stronger than usual in general due in part to Holy Week. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed a strong $162.35 million through eleven days of release. That places the film 10 percent ahead of the $147.31 million eleven-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Fox's Rio 2 placed in second with $2.67 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 77 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Rio 2 topped the $40 million mark yesterday and continues to run towards the lower end of pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $41.995 million. That places the film a slim 1 percent behind the $42.497 million four-day take of 2011's Rio (which fell 71 percent on its first Monday to gross $3.27 million).

Oculus claimed third place with $0.946 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film from Relativity was down 64 percent from Sunday, which was among the day's stronger daily percentage holds. Oculus has grossed a solid $12.95 million in its first four days of release. That places the film essentially on par with the $12.899 million four-day start of House at the End of the Street, which was released by Relativity back in September of 2012.

Fellow new wide release Draft Day landed in fourth with $0.873 million. Lionsgate's modestly budgeted sports drama starring Kevin Costner was also down 64 percent from Sunday. Draft Day has grossed $10.66 million in four days. That is a bit below pre-release expectations and places the film 19 percent behind the $13.11 million four-day take of recent Costner vehicle 3 Days to Kill.

Paramount's Noah rounded out the day's top five with $0.709 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 69 percent from Sunday and down 44 percent from last Monday. Noah has grossed $85.68 million in 18 days, which leaves it $14.32 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

Divergent placed in sixth with $0.669 million. Lionsgate's successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley fell 65 percent from Sunday and a slim 17 percent from last Monday. The 25-day total for Divergent stands at $125.43 million.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals : 'Captain America 2' ($41.3M) Outpaces 'Rio 2' ($39.3M) to Win Close Weekend Race on April 14, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier outpaced Fox's Rio 2 in a close race at the box office this weekend to remain in first place. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Marvel grossed $41.27 million this weekend, which was down a reasonable 57 percent from last weekend's record-breaking April start. The second weekend percentage decline for Captain America: The Winter Solider matched the 57 percent Thor: The Dark World fell in its second weekend of release this past November. Going forward, The Winter Soldier is likely to start holding up better than The Dark World did, thanks in part to not having to deal with a new film as massive as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed a strong $158.88 million in ten days, which places the film 9.5 percent ahead of the $145.097 million ten-day take of Thor: The Dark World.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in $11.87 million on Friday, increased 49 percent on Saturday to take in $17.73 million and decreased 34 percent on Sunday to take in $11.67 million. IMAX grosses were responsible for $3.6 million of the film's overall grosses this weekend. The Winter Soldier has grossed $14.7 million to date in IMAX.

Rio 2 debuted in second with $39.33 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and just ahead of the $39.23 million debut of 2011's Rio (which also opened the weekend before Easter weekend). Rio 2 opened 22 percent stronger than the recent $32.21 million start of fellow Fox computer animated release Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This weekend's performance represented a very solid start for Rio 2 and shows that family audiences are still in the mood for computer animated fare in general. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Rio 2 generated the seventh largest opening weekend ever for the month of April.

Rio 2 opened with $12.01 million on Friday, increased a relatively soft 29 percent on Saturday to take in $15.47 million and fell just 23 percent on Sunday to take in $11.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.28 to 1. While that is low for a computer animated film at this time of year, Rio 2 is still highly likely to hold up well going forward thanks in part to the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2. Rio 2 received a promising A rating on CinemaScore.

Relativity's Oculus debuted in third place with $12.01 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film opened in line with pre-release expectations. The opening weekend performance for Oculus was quite similar to the $12.29 million start of Relativity's House at the End of the Street back in September of 2012. Oculus opened with $4.97 million on Friday, fell 12 percent on Saturday to take in $4.38 million and declined 39 percent on Sunday to gross $2.66 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.42 to 1. Oculus received a lackluster C rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film isn't going over as well with moviegoers as it has with critics.

Off to a less impressive start this weekend was Lionsgate's Draft Day. The sports drama starring Kevin Costner debuted in fourth with $9.78 million. That was a bit below pre-release expectations and was 20 percent softer than the recent $12.24 million debut of Costner's previous vehicle 3 Days to Kill. Perhaps the film would have been a bit stronger out of the gate had it opened a bit closer to the upcoming NFL Draft. Draft Day opened with $3.56 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to gross $3.82 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to take in $2.41 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a so-so 2.75 to 1. Draft Day received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Paramount's Noah rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.55 million, while Lionsgate's Divergent followed closely behind in sixth with $7.38 million. Divergent had the far more impressive hold between the two films this weekend as it was down a respectable 43 percent, while Noah was down a sharp 56 percent. Clearly, audiences are responding better to Divergent than they are to Noah. Respective total grosses currently stand at $124.76 million for Divergent in 24 days and at $84.98 million for Noah in 17 days.

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Estimates: 'Captain America 2' ($41.4M) Edges Out 'Rio 2' ($39.0M) for First Place After Stronger Saturday Hold on April 13, 2014

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By BoxOffice Staff

Sunday Update: After a softer than expected Saturday at the box office for Fox's Rio 2 (and most wide releases in general), Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier ultimately claimed first place this weekend with an estimated $41.398 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Marvel was down a reasonable 56 percent from last weekend's record-breaking April start. The second weekend percentage decline for Captain America: The Winter Solider was quite similar to the 57 percent Thor: The Dark World fell in its second weekend of release this past November. Going forward, The Winter Soldier is likely to start holding up better than The Dark World did, thanks in part to not having to deal with a new film as massive as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed a strong $159.01 million in ten days, which places the film 9.6 percent ahead of the $145.097 million ten-day take of Thor: The Dark World.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in $11.9 million on Friday, increased 49 percent on Saturday to take in $17.78 million and is estimated to decrease 34 percent on Sunday to take in $11.72 million. IMAX grosses were responsible for $3.6 million of the film's overall grosses this weekend. The Winter Soldier has grossed $14.7 million to date in IMAX.

Rio 2 debuted in second with an estimated $39.0 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and nearly on par with the $39.23 million debut of 2011's Rio (which also opened the weekend before Easter weekend). Rio 2 opened 21 percent stronger than the recent $32.21 million start of fellow Fox computer animated release Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This weekend's performance represented a very solid start for Rio 2 and shows that family audiences are still in the mood for computer animated fare in general. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Rio 2 generated the eighth largest opening weekend ever for the month of April.

Rio 2 opened with $12.0 million on Friday, increased a relatively soft 28 percent on Saturday to take in $15.4 million and is estimated to fall 25 percent on Sunday to take in $11.6 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.25 to 1. While that is low for a computer animated film at this time of year, Rio 2 is still highly likely to hold up well going forward thanks in part to the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2. Rio 2 received a promising A rating on CinemaScore.

Relativity's Oculus debuted in third place with an estimated $12.0 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film opened in line with pre-release expectations. The opening weekend performance for Oculus was quite similar to the $12.29 million start of Relativity's House at the End of the Street back in September of 2012. Oculus opened with $4.94 million on Friday, fell 12 percent on Saturday to take in $4.35 million and is estimated to fall 38 percent on Sunday to gross $2.71 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.43 to 1. Oculus received a lackluster C rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film isn't going over as well with moviegoers as it has with critics.

Off to a less impressive start this weekend was Lionsgate's Draft Day. The sports drama starring Kevin Costner debuted in fourth with an estimated $9.75 million. That was a bit below pre-release expectations and was 20 percent softer than the recent $12.24 million debut of Costner's previous vehicle 3 Days to Kill. Perhaps the film would have been a bit stronger out of the gate had it opened a bit closer to the upcoming NFL Draft. Draft Day opened with $3.57 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to gross $3.82 million and is estimated to fall 38 percent on Sunday to take in $2.36 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a so-so 2.73 to 1. Draft Day received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow Lionsgate release Divergent currently rounds out this weekend's top five with an estimated $7.5 million, while Paramount's Noah follows closely behind in sixth with an estimated $7.45 million. Divergent had the far more impressive hold between the two films this weekend as it was down a respectable 42 percent, while Noah was down a sharp 56 percent. Clearly, audiences are responding better to Divergent than they are to Noah. Respective total grosses currently stand at $124.88 million for Divergent in 24 days and at $84.87 million for Noah in 17 days.

Saturday Update: Rio 2 hauled in $12 million yesterday, ahead of its predecessor's $10.35 million opening day three years ago. With that start, BoxOffice projects the animated sequel will bring in $45 million in a likely first place finish for its debut weekend. Word of mouth appears healthy with an 81 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning. With no more major animated releases between now and June's How to Train Your Dragon 2, expect legs for Rio 2 to hold up very well.

Disney reports this morning that Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $11.9 million on Friday, declining 68 percent from its opening day last week. Unfortunately, Friday night business dropped off from trends earlier in the day that indicated the film could ring up at least $1-2 million more yesterday. That said, BoxOffice projects a still-healthy $42 million sophomore frame for the hit Disney/Marvel sequel, which has now tallied $129.5 million domestically in 8 days. That's 9 percent ahead of the pace of Thor: The Dark World as the film continues to enjoy positive word of mouth.

Oculus is playing the role of upset among the weekend's other two newcomers. The Relativity horror pic earned a solid $4.94 million on Friday and is projected to tally $12.8 million this weekend. Positive reviews (for the horror genre), a lack of horror options in the market since January, and the crossover appeal added by Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who fame) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) are all contributing to the film's appeal among genre fans. Early word of mouth looks questionable with a 63 percent Flixster score so far.

Draft Day grossed $3.58 million in its first day, slightly behind the $4 million opening day of Kevin Costner's previous 2014 flick, 3 Days to Kill. Reviews for the sports drama have been mixed, while word of mouth looks to be on the fence judging by Flixster's 71 percent score. Ultimately, releasing a football-centric movie outside of football season looks to have proven ill-timed. BoxOffice projects a $10.8 million frame.

Friday Update: Sources tell BoxOffice that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is on course to retain first place this weekend with an early projection of $14 million on its second Friday. From there, the well-received sequel could be looking at a sophomore frame of $48-50 million.

Rio 2 isn't starting off quietly, though. Sources report the animated sequel is looking at $11 million today and could net a $40 million weekend off that figure.

Oculus and Draft Day are battling for a disappointing runner-up spot among the weekend's newcomers. The horror flick is eyeing $3.5 million today, which would translate to roughly $8.5 million for the weekend depending on how well word of mouth can drive it. Horror titles are generally front-loaded, although the first weekend performance of April 2011's Insidious still gives Oculus some hope of a $9-10 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Kevin Costner starrer Draft Day is looking at $3 million today for an $8.5 million to $9 million opening weekend. Evening business could reasonably pick up, though, which still makes it a favorite to top Oculus for the weekend.

GLOBAL: 'Rio 2' Spreads its Wings with Big Overseas Expansion; 'Captain America' Flirts with $500M; 'Noah' Nears $250M'; 'Divergent' Picks Up Steam Overseas; Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Crosses $100M Milestone on April 13, 2014

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KEY POINTS:

- Rio 2 leads the weekend as it expands to 54 new markets and lifts its overseas total up to $125.2 million. A $12.1 million debut in China points to big overseas numbers for the animated sequel. 

- Captain America: The Winter Soldier scores a $6.9 million debut in Brazil and approaches the $500 million global mark with a $476.7 million worldwide cume.

- Noah tops the French box office after edging out Rio 2 for the top spot. The Biblical epic finishes the weekend just shy of the $250 million global mark.

- Divergent continues its overseas expansion, breathing a sigh of relief after losing last weekend's battle against Captain America with a resurgent $50.3 million overseas cume.

- Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel breaks the $100 million mark worldwide.  

Rio 2 collected $62.3 million from 19,394 screens in 62 markets, a result of its expansion to 54 new markets this weekend. The animated sequel has now grossed a total of $125.2 million overseas.

A $12.1 million opening from 5,850 screens in China marked a 150% improvement over the original film, proving the sequel's potential in what could have been a potentially difficult market. Mexico scored an $8.7 million debut from 2,390 screens, making it the third highest Fox animation opening of all time in the market. France took a $4.6 million opening from 1,257 screens, a 20% boost above the original's premiere. UK enjoyed a $2.9 million hold from 1,100 screens, a 20% slide from last weekend's opening tally, to reach an $11.5 million cume in the market . Brazil continued to excel with a $2.2 million hold from 914 screens in its third weekend to reach an $18.9 million total in director Carlos Saldanha's home country.

Rio 2 recorded the second highest industry opening of all time for an animated film in India, only trailing Ice Age 4. The animated sequel opened in 466 screens to earn a $932k tally in its Indian debut, becoming the top ranked MPA title of the weekend. The sequel's strong opening weekend ranks 112% higher than that of the original.

Rio 2 also recorded strong debuts from Colombia ($2.2M / 380 Screens), Argentina ($2M / 380 Sceens), Philippines ($1.5M / 200 Screens), Peru ($1.4M / 229 Screens), Central America ($1.4M / 207 Screens), and Chile ($1.3M / 145 Screens). The film expands to 7 new markets next wekeend.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier expanded to Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Hungary, and Turkey this weekend to cap off the majority of its overseas release. The superhero film will be opening in Japan, its final territory, on April 19.

Cap will be looking to hit the $500 million global mark with next weekend's Japanese debut. The superhero sequel has grossed a total of $317.7 million overseas and $476.7 million worldwide after notching a second consecutive weekend with over $100 million in global box office revenue.

54 overseas territories contributed $60.6 million of this weekend's box office. The Captain America sequel has already eclipsed the lifetime run of the original's overseas total by 163%. The previous Captain America film grossed a total of $194 million outside of North America. The sequel is already 128% above the $371 million global lifetime run of the original.

The film continues performing well on IMAX, adding another $7.3 million globally from the large screen format over the weekend. The IMAX worldwide cume for the superhero sequel now stands at $31 million, with $16.4 million of that figure coming from outside of North America.

The film took a $6.9 million first place finish in its Brazilian opening, giving it 45% of the market share and making it the fourth highest April opening of all time in the country. China took a 50% dip this weekend to bring its total up to a whopping $80.4 million, becoming the #3 Disney release of all time in the market. IMAX screenings have accounted for $3.7 million (307 screens) in China. South Korea is reporting a $25.1 million cume after its third straight weekend as the #1 fillm.

Noah earned $36.2 million from 7,565 locations in 53 markets over the weekend, bringing its overseas cume up to $162 million. The Biblical epic has grossed $246.7 million worldwide. The film opened in 8 new territories, including France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Thailand.

Noah edged out Rio 2 for the top spot in France after grossing $3.9 million from 568 sites. The film took a $3.7 million bow from 400 locations in Italy to reach the top spot in the market.

Hold overs performed exceptionally well for Noah this weekend. Brazil led the way with $5.1 milliom from 490 cinemas on it second weekend, a 45% slide from its debut to brings its local cume up to a healthy $17.6 million. The UK earned $2.9 million from 478 sites to reach a $10 million total in the market. Russia posted a $2.3 million take from 819 locations in its third frame to reach a $31.2 million cume. Other top weekend holds include strong showings in Germany ($2.1M Weekend / 520 Screens / $6.1M Cume), Spain ($1.6M Weekend / 334 Screens / $5.5M Cume), and Turkey ($1M Weekend / 240 Screens / $3.6M Cume).

Divergent took a welcome $23.2 million boost from about 5,180 screens across 62 overseas markets to raise its total outside of North America to $50.3 million.

The Young Adult adaptation took a $3.4 million debut from 558 screens in France and finished the weekend as the top film in Russia with a $3.2 million bow from 893 screens, a 243% increase over Twilight's Russian premiere. Australia was another top performer with a $3.1 million opening from 342 screens.

Divergent took a $1.8 million debut from 517 screens in Germany and posted strong second frame holds in the UK ($1.7M Weekend / $6.8M Cume) and Mexico ($1.4M Weekend / $5M Cume).

Divergent opened with a limited release in India on Friday and placed #3 for the weekend, according to Universal. The weekend estimate for the Young Adult adaptation is $165k at 106 dates. The film expands to South Korea and Brazil next weekend with major territories like Spain, Sweden, China, and Japan remaining in the schedule. Divergent has grossed a total of $175.1 million globally.

The LEGO Movie scored a $9.5 million overseas weekend from over 3,100 screens to bring its total outside of North America up to $173.3 million. Germany opened to a $3.1 million debut from 945 screens (including previews), finishing the weekend in first place ahead of Noah and fellow opener Divergent. Australia took solid $4.6 million hold from 514 screens, only a 13% drop from the previous weekend, to keep the top spot tat the box office and reach a $13.1 million cume in the market.

The LEGO Movie has grossed $424.8 million worldwide. The film's top markets include the UK ($53.7m), Australia ($13.1M), France ($12.1M).

Frozen hit $1.112 billion at the global box office this weekend to move up to the #8 spot among the highest grossing films of all time worldwide. The Disney film remains the second highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all time overseas. Frozen should surpass Ice Age 4 ($716M) in the coming days to become the highest grossing animated film of all time overseas.

The film's staying power has been the formula to its box office success. Frozen brought in $8 million in its 21st weekend of release overseas, taking its cume outside of North America up to $713.1 million.

Frozen has held the top spot in Japan for five consecutive weeks and is now reporting an $89 million toatl in the country. Other top markets include South Korea ($76.9M), UK ($65M), China ($48.7M), Germany ($48.2M), and France ($42.6M).

The Grand Budapest Hotel reached a major milestone after crossing the $100 million global mark after taking $7.2 milliom from 2,388 screens in 37 overseas markets. The Wes Anderson film has grossed a total of $64.3 million overseas and $103.7 million worldwide.

Australia led new openers with a $1.8 million bow from only 108 screens. Italy registered a strong $1 million debut from 186 screens. The two openings represent the biggest bow for a Wes Anderson film in both markets. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens in the Philippines and Taiwan next weekend, followed by Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, on April 24/25.

Ocho Apellidos Vascos was the #1 film in Spain for the fifth consecutive weekend. Its latest weekend performance added $5.4 million from 326 dates for a 31-day total of $41.7 million. The fifth weekend gross is 38% bigger than the film’s opening weekend. The Spanish comedy is the highest grossing Spanish language film of all time in Spain and the highest grossing film in the country this year. It ranks sixth among the highest grossing films of all time in Spain.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman discovered another $3.8 million from 7,015 screens in 36 markets. That brings the animated film's overseas total to $144 million and a $249.2 million global cume. The film impressed in Australia, where it was up 36% from last weekend to registed a $1.3 million take from 389 screens.

Muppets Most Wanted took a $1 million debut in Australia, finishing the weekend with a $2.2 million take from 10 overseas territories. The Muppets sequel has grossed a total of $14.8 million overseas and $60.4 million worldwide. The film expands to Spain next weekend.

 

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Approaches $500M Global Milestone on April 13, 2014

ca2.pngCaptain America: The Winter Soldier expanded to Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Hungary, and Turkey this weekend to cap off the majority of its overseas release. The superhero film will be opening in Japan, its final territory, on April 19.

Cap will be looking to hit the $500 million global mark with next weekend's Japanse debut. The superhero sequel has grossed a total of $317.7 million overseas and $476.7 million worldwide after notching a second consecutive weekend with over $100 million in global box office. 54 overseas territories contributed $60.6 million of this weekend's box office. The Captain America sequel has already eclipsed the lifetime run of its original overseas by 163%. The previous Captain America film grossed a total of $194 million outside of North America. The new film is also 128% above the $371 million global lifetime run of the original.

The film continues performing well on IMAX, adding another $7.3 million globally from the large screen format over the weekend. The IMAX worldwide cume for the superhero sequel now stands at $31 million, with $16.4 million of that figure coming from outside of North America.

The film took $6.9 million first place finish in its Brazilian opening, giving it first place with a 45% market share and the fourth highest April opening of all time in the country. China took a 50% dip this weekend to bring its total up to a whopping $80.4 million, becoming the #3 Disney release of all time in the country. IMAX screenings have accounted for $3.7 million (307 screens) in China. South Korea is reporting a $25.1 million cume after its third straight weekend as the #1 film.


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