After a closely fought box office battle last weekend in the US, Captain America walked away victorious and held onto the number one spot adding $41.3 million to its mighty haul. Three newcomers were released with only animated sequel Rio 2 offering a real competition for the Winter Solider, despite a strong Friday for Rio 2 that put it ahead of Marvel’s super-sized follow-up the rest of the weekend was a very different story.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, former Doctor Who star Karen Gillian’s first foray into horror movies with Oculus came in third with just over $12 million. The low budget debut from writer/director Mike Flanagan was made for a modest $5 million, so it’s well positioned to turn a decent profit. The final new entry was Ivan Reitman’s sports comedy Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, this opened below his recent two releases (3 Days To Kill, Jack Ryan) and considering Costner is back in comfortable sporting-comedy-drama territory Draft Day isn’t looking likely to recapture any former glories.
In the UK it was a slightly different story, with over £2.88 million Rio 2 narrowly bested Captain America who commanded £2.76 million from UK audiences. Worldwide The Winter Solider is closing in on the half billion dollar mark, the next milestone to keep an eye on will be if Cap has the power to overtake Thor The Dark World’s final tally of $644.7 million.