When one of the Avengers has a movie release, it's a smart idea not to try and put out anything else that same weekend. Hollywood heeded that advice and Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the limelight all to itself, breaking a monthly record and scoring an easy number one.
Well up from the debut of its predecessor, Captain America: The First Avenger, which opened at $65 million in 2011, Winter Soldier bowed in with $96 million. That's not the best ever opening for an Avenger flick (all three Iron Man movies have been higher), but it is the highest ever April opening, topping the $86 million Fast Five banked back in 2011.
The question now is how well Winter Soldier will hold up over the long haul. It's on track to pass the $176 million domestic total for the first Captain America flick, but it has a long way to go to catch up the $250 million total for 2014's current year-to-date top earner, The Lego Movie.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
$96,200,000Total: $96,200,000LW: N
$17,000,000Total: $72,341,000LW: 1
$13,000,000Total: $114,029,000LW: 2
|God's Not Dead||$7,726,000||Total: $32,520,000||LW: 5|
The Grand Budapest Hotel
$6,300,000Total: $33,380,000LW: 6
Muppets Most Wanted
$6,285,000Total: $42,142,000LW: 3
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
$5,300,000Total: $102,202,000LW: 4
$1,908,000Total: $8,767,000LW: 7
Need for Speed
$1,836,000Total: $40,839,000LW: 8
$1,827,000Total: $88,138,000LW: 10
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