Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Projector: Super-Duper Soldier Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE UPDATE: Here are the weekend actuals, Disney overestimated CA2 a tad and the Muppets took the five spot from Wes Anderson by a skosh.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $95M
2. Noah $17M
3. Divergent $12.9M
4. God's Not Dead $7.8M
5. Muppets Most Wanted $6.1M


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Sunday UPDATE: Record smashed. As anyone with a pulse correctly predicted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier set the new April mark, crushing more cash than Thor: The Dark World but far less than Iron Man 2 & 3. When you add the all-important overseas' bank to the ledger, the good captain has already deposited $303M into Disney's coffers, with signs pointing to a solid run over the next several weeks by virtue of its 'A' CinemaScore. In second, Noah sunk in its sophomore frame, down a biblical-big -61%, though Darren Aronofsky's epic has taken in a respectable $178M worldwide. Next weekend shapes up to be a Rio 2 vs. Captain America showdown, but don't discount little ol' Oculus, not for the win, but to perform better than a haunted-mirror scarefest really should.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96.2M
2. Noah $17M
3. Divergent $13M
4. God's Not Dead $7.7M
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel $6.3M

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Tris, bis, delts and traps cartoonishly swoll, Chris Evans and his patriotic saucer sled return this weekend to dominate the box office Marvel-style in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the second post-Avengers solo outing for a card-carrying member of the superhero sextet. Based on how his hammer-wielding buddy fared financially in last fall's follow-up flick, Thor: The Dark World, the good Captain should see a similar sophomore surge — enough to set a new April record but not surpass the century mark.
  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $89.5M (↑) - Disney pins hopes on audiences perceiving it as The Avengers 1.5.
  2. Noah $22M - Takes on more second-weekend water the closer CA gets to $100M.
  3. Divergent $12.25M - Crossed the $100M domestic mark today.
  4. Muppets Most Wanted $7.75M - With a meager $35M in its first two weeks, don't expect a Muppets 3, or more to the point, Muppets 8. 
  5. God's Not Dead $6.75M - Closing in on Fireproof for title of biggest bantam-budgeted, faith flick ever.