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 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.
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 a communication from distributor 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.
By Daniel Garris
Captain America: The Winter Soldier rounded out its first week of release with a first place take of $4.58 million on Thursday. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 5 percent from Wednesday. It should be noted that hold actually represented one of the day's better daily percentage holds among wide releases, as most films experienced noteworthy percentage decreases on Thursday. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was easily the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $117.61 million. That was in line with the film's lofty expectations and was 8 percent stronger than the $108.51 million seven-day start of last year's Thor: The Dark World. It is widely expected that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will find itself in a close race with Fox's Rio 2 for first place this weekend.
Paramount's Noah grossed $1.03 million to remain in second. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 55 percent from last Thursday. Noah placed in a distant second for the week with $22.08 million. That was down a discouraging 60 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's 14-day total to $77.42 million. Noah is currently running 9 percent behind the recent $85.09 million 14-day take of 300: Rise of an Empire.
Lionsgate's Divergent held steady in third place with $0.776 million. The successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. Divergent placed in third for the week with $16.35 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $117.38 million. Today it was announced that the Divergent series will consist of four films instead of three, as Allegiant will now be split into two films: Allegiant - Part 1, which will be released on March 18, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2, which will be released on March 24, 2017.
God's Not Dead took in $0.639 million to continue to claim fourth place. The break-out faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 18 percent from last Thursday. God's Not Dead placed in fourth for the week with $10.56 million. That was down just 11 percent from the previous week and brings the 21-day total for the film to a much stronger than expected $35.36 million.
Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.508 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film decreased just 4 percent from Wednesday and was down 27 percent from last Thursday. The Grand Budapest Hotel finished in fifth for the week with $8.34 million and has now grossed $35.42 million through 35 days of release.
Disney reports that Captain America: The Winter Soldier added $4.81 million to its strong early haul on Wednesday, giving the Marvel sequel a $113.03 million total through 6 days of release. That puts Soldier about 8 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World's pace through the same point.
Paramount's Noah earned $1.1 million yesterday, down 33 percent from Tuesday and 58 percent week-to-week. Darren Aronofsky's controversial Biblical adaptation has grossed $76.4 million domestically in 13 days, 7 percent ahead of the pace of 2011's Robin Hood.
Divergent dropped 25 percent from Tuesday and 51 percent from last Wednesday to $0.77 million yesterday. The young adult adaptation's domestic cume stands at $116.6 million.
God's Not Dead grabbed $0.69 million on Wednesday for a week-to-week decline of just 11 percent and a day-to-day drop of 16 percent. The sleeper hit has banked $34.7 million domestically thus far.
Rounding out the top five on Wednesday, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel tallied $0.53 million--off 25 percent from last Wednesday and 22 percent from Tuesday. Hotel's domestic earnings now total $34.9 million.