Rounding out the weekend of April 6, 2014, Captain America: The Winter Solider dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
In no way a surprise, Captain America: The Winter Soldier completely destroyed the competition, but also the April record for largest opening weekend at domestic box office. Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures took home a cool $95.02 million, breaking Fast Five’s record of $86. 2 million. The Winter Soldier’s box office haul is the fifth highest grossing opening weekend out of all nine Marvel Cinematic Universe films, placing right behind the three Iron Man films and The Avengers.
Noah and Divergent fought for second and third place this weekend. Noah claimed second place with $17.04 million, losing 61 percent of its audience in its second weekend; and Divergent walked away in third with $12.97 million, losing half of its audience in its third weekend out. Noah is closing the gap between director Darren Aronofsky’s highest grossing film, Black Swan, which had earned $106 million domestically throughout its run.
Another faith-based film kept the interest of audiences this weekend. God’s Not Dead only fell 11.8 percent, but gained 580 theaters this past weekend. Placing fourth, God’s Not Dead raked in $7.76 million, raising its domestic total to $32.55 million. Not a bad return on investment for a $2 million production budget.
Rounding out the top five is Muppets Most Wanted. In its third weekend, Muppets Most Wanted earned $6.14 million, bringing its total domestic total to $42 million. The sequel is not even halfway to reaching The Muppets total domestic gross with $88 million. It would look like the studios will take a loss for this one. Overseas the film has only earned $10 million.
The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to thrive. Staying in sixth place this weekend, Wes Anderson took in $6.11 million, which can be attributed to its 286 theater increase.
Losing steam in its second weekend, Sabotage and Arnold Schwarzenneger placed eighth. Gaining only $1.99 million, it could definitely be concluded that the Governator has lost his appeal.
Bad Words climbed from thirteenth to eleventh this weekend with $1.61 million. The film opened up to over 1,000 theaters. The little Jason Bateman movie that could has only earned $5.94 million overall, which isn’t too great.
Cesar Chavez’s second weekend out did not favor the film too well. Falling 66.4 percent, Cesar Chavez only grossed $962 thousand in 664 theaters.
Little indies debuting this weekend were Dom Hemingway, which placed 60th and earning $29 thousand; and Under the Skin, which found itself in 29th and earned $133 thousand. Both films opened in four theaters in the U.S.
And somehow Frozen saw an increase in tickets sales this weekend, closing out the top 15, back from 17th place. The film earned $399 thousand this weekend, and is currently the ninth highest earning movie worldwide of all-time.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo