April 14 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Claims a Second Weekend at the Box Office

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In one of the closest fights I’ve seen for the top spot at the box office in some time, Marvel came out on top in the end.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $41.3 million to bring its domestic total to $159 million and its global total to $476.7 million off of a $170 million dollar budget. It didn’t get there easily, however.

As of Friday it looked like Rio 2 was going to win the weekend, but the tide began to shift on Saturday and it wasn’t until Sunday that Cap flung his shield to cut off the animated birds. The sequel took in $225,000 less than the original did in its opening weekend and brought in $39 million. While that may sound disappointing, that is actually a darn good result.

Third place went to low-budget horror film Oculus. It took in $12 million off of a $5 million dollar budget. Despite the usual “double the budget to be profitable” rule, you have to figure any more spends a minimum of $20 million on advertising, so it’s doubtful this one is in the black yet.

Kevin Costner had a bit of a rude awakening despite generally positive reviews for is new film. Draft Day took in an anemic $9.75 million off of an unknown budget. Anyone who knows me Costner has to rank as one of my least favorite actors of all time, so can’t say this doesn’t bring me a little bit of happiness.

Divergent landed in fifth place with $7.5 million to bring it up to $124.87 million domestic/$175.1 million global off of an $85 million dollar budget. Lionsgate wasted no time last week announcing the third book would be split in to two films bringing the series to four movies. Can we just end this practice? Please?

Lets see… SabotageSabotage… oh there it is in 18th place for the weekend with $351,000 in its third week of release. It lost 1,735 screens and now stands at $10 million off of a $35 million dollar budget. The sad thing? Frozen, which is out on Blu-ray, and is on only 344 screens, 407 less than Sabotage, brought in $372,000 in its 21st week of release. Yep, someone needs to hold an intervention for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Next week’s big release are Heaven is for Real on Wednesday and then Friday will see Bears, A Haunted House 2 and Transcendence. To be quite frank… I’m not sure what is going to happen next weekend. Heaven could make a run off the back of its popularity as a book, but those are hit and miss lately. The ad campaign for Transcendence has been, to be blunt, awful. I think we may be looking at Cap and Rio 2 at the top again.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 2nd Quarter report.

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