1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, $41.4 million ($159 million cumulative; last week: no. 1)
The latest evidence of the absurdly steady, clockwork-like nature of Marvel’s entire film enterprise: Iron Man 3 dipped 58 percent on its second weekend, Thor: The Dark World took a 57 percent hit, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier dropped 56 percent. Even though they’re all COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MOVIES. And despite the Cap’n’s narrow victory over Rio 2, The Winter Soldier is up to $476.7 million worldwide already. Billion-dollar movies for everyone!
2. Rio 2, $39 million (opening weekend)
More steadiness: This one opened only $200,000 away from the 2011 original’s debut weekend. Don’t be surprised if America’s children keep Rio 2 going strong enough to claim no. 1 if there’s a slowish weekend in the near future. (It’s already raked in $124.3 million internationally, too, amounting to a worldwide $163.3 million.)
3. Oculus, $12 million (opening weekend)
Not too shabby for 1,300 fewer theaters than Rio 2. “It’s not a fantastic start, but it is good enough for a low-budget festival acquisition,” Box Office Mojo writes. “It also helped that it was the first supernatural horror movie in nearly three months.”
4. Draft Day, $9.75 million (opening weekend)
Boy, feels like a Kevin Costner movie just came out two months ago, only with guns instead of footballs, and a similarly meh opening weekend. Oh well. Time to hunker down and make that Western quadrilogy, KevCost.
5. Divergent, $7.5 million ($124.9 million cumulative; last week: no. 3)
Couldn’t let The Grand Budapest Hotel or Noah or Muppets Most Wanted or anything else enjoy another moment in the top five, huh, ya big teen-movie bully? Even though you’re gonna have not just two but three more cracks at our wallets? Ah, fine.
Also notable: No longer in the top five but still going hard is God’s Not Dead, tacking $5.5 million on to pass the $40 million mark on a teensy $2 million budget. The Christian indie was playing in fewer than 780 theaters three weeks ago and is now up to 1,860. Seems like the Kevin Sorbosance will continue at least a few more weeks. After earning $140,000 in just four theaters, Jonathan Glazer and Scarlett Johansson’s Under the Skin expanded to 54 screens only to earn $309,000. The Raid 2 moved to 954 locations and made $1 million. In sixth place, Noah earned $7.45 million, coming just shy of $85 million. And Nicolas Cage and David Gordon Green’s Joe opened on 48 screens to only make $106,000.