Rounding out the weekend of April 13, 2014, Captain America: The Winter Solider dominated over its competitors again, 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.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier defended its honor, retaining the top spot at the box office this weekend with $41.27 million. Although falling 56.6 percent in its second weekend, it is tracking better than Thor: The Dark World, which fell a little over 57 percent, as well as The First Avenger, which fell 60 percent its second weekend. The Winter Soldier has accumulated $476 million worldwide. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now the top grossing franchise of all time domestically; right above Harry Potter and Star Wars.
Rio 2 opened up in second place with $39.3 million, making slightly more than the first film – $39.2 million. As a Blue Sky film, Rio 2 opened sixth out of nine major releases, below all o fthe Ice Age films, and Horton Hears a Who! I can only imagine the reason why this film did so well is because parents were sick and tired of “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!” and Mr. Peabody & Sherman just perplexed too many kids.
For a small budget horror film, Oculus came in fairly well, but not as great as some other low-budget horror films like The Conjuring ($41 milli0n), Saw ($18 million), or Paranormal Activity ($19 million). Placing third, Oculus was able to obtain $12 million on a budget of $5 million. The reviews might have hurt the hype going into the weekend.
Also debuting this weekend was Draft Day. Coming in fourth with a low $9.78 million, Ivan Reitman’s latest feature did not make the cut like the studios were hoping for. There was a huge push for this movie beyond belief, but to me it just felt too outdated and uninteresting to even bother with it. Folks will love watching it on TNT or some cable network when it airs two years down the road.
Noah closes out the top five for the weekend with $7.55 million in its third weekend. The film fell from second and lost 55.7 percent of its audience. The movie will more than likely taper out toward tenth next weekend with other big name pictures coming in and summer movie season ramping up.
Muppets Most Wanted fell pretty hard, from fifth to ninth, most likely due to Rio 2 opening up and giving kids something else to laugh about. Muppets earned $2.27 million and its total domestic gross is about to meet the production budget of $50 million.
Peabody & Sherman also fell 63 percent, like Muppets, again, most likely due to Rio 2. Placing tenth, the film earned $1.87 million.
Opening up from a few theaters to almost a thousand, Raid 2: Berandal jumped from 30th to 11th with $956 thousand. Not a big debut, but a definite spike in traffic. More people need to see this movie and its predecessor. I can’t stress this enough. The Raid: Redemption only made $4 million when it hit theaters two years ago. With The Raid 2 now at $1.3 million, we can only hope for better success.
(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