'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Shields Off The Competition To Top Box Office

Captain America: The Winter Soldier fought off some pretty serious opposition to maintain its position at the top of the box office, while three newcomers usurped the majority of last week’s top 5. Box Office Mojo have the stats.

Captain America Winter SoldierChris Evans in Captain America: Winter Soldier

With Chris Evans reprising his role as the all-American hero, the critics have been kind to the latest instalment of Marvel’s imperious quest to move their properties onto the big screen. ‘Cap’ managed a hefty weekend gross of $41.3m, bringing its total domestic gross up to $159m and its worldwide total to a hugely impressive $476.7m. 

More: read our review of Captain America: Winter Soldier

Fox’s Rio 2 was the second best performer, making $39m on the nose on the first weekend of its release. It’s a solid start for the animated sequel, despite the critics not finding much to love in the colourful birds that enjoy starring roles. With a strong kick off like that, though, the $103m budget will be chipped away in the next couple weeks. 

Rio 2Rio 2 - these guys seem pretty happy with second spot

‘Oculus’ represents a huge dip in third, grabbing just $12m. This low budget thriller, though, only cost $5m to make, and with a fairly strong critical reception – the film sits at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes – we expect word of mouth to contribute to a stronger second and third weekend follow up, making ‘Oculus’ another dirt cheap horror franchise with the legs to make big money. 

And the last of the new releases entering the top 5 was Draft Day, which managed to accumulate $9.75m. This flick sees Kevin Costner star as the general manager a an NFL team in need of success. The critics didn’t love it – and we perpetuated the comparisons to Moneyball, which – by all accounts – is better. Disappointing start for the underdog sports movie. 

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner tries to reinvent NFL draft day

Divergent – which is set to get three more sequels instead of two as Lionsgate decide to split the finale into two movies – picked up another $7.5m placing it fifth. Noah fell from second place, bringing its domestic total to $84.8m with a further $7.45m. God’s Not Dead, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody and Sherman comprised the rest of the top 10. 

Still haven't seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Check out the trailer here


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