I hope to see CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 next week!!

Box office report: ‘Captain America’ soars with $96.2 million weekend

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is yet another piece of evidence that Marvel’s formula for its behemoth superhero franchise is exactly what audiences want.

The sequel to the 2011 original starring Chris Evans as the Super Soldier grossed an estimated $96.2 million this opening weekend, setting a record for best April opening and earning an A CinemaScore from its audiences.

Its opening is all the more impressive when you consider that while it falls beneath The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and 2, it outranks many of the stand-along Marvel character openings, including both Thor films and the original Captain America, which it outgrossed by 48%. (It nabbed an additional $110 million from audiences overseas.)

And while its not surprising that more men than women showed up to watch the latest episode of Marvel’s team of superheroes, more couples were in the audience than families with the majority of the audience between 18-49.

Noah’s audience was eclipsed dramatically by Captain America and it had the drop to prove it. The Darren Aronofsky-directed biblical tale fell a steep 61% this weekend with $17 million, putting its new total at $72.3 million. With a budget of at least $125 million, it’s going to be tough for this controversial tale to end up in the green.

That certainly won’t be the case for the YA hit Divergent from Summit Entertainment. Actress Shailene Woodley and Co. are now members of the $100 million club with the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel grossing $13 million this three-day period, a 49% drop that puts its domestic earnings at $114 million.

God’s Not Dead continues to surprise at the box office. The Freestyle Releasing film about one Christian college student’s quest to defend his faith grossed an additional $7.7 million with an additional 580 theaters added to its release. Now in its third weekend in theaters, the the film from director Harold Cronk stands with an impressive $33 million to its name.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel rounds out the top five this weekend, earning $6.3 million for the weekend for a total cume of $33.4 million. From Fox Searchlight, the dark comedy starring Ralph Fiennes as an octogenarian-loving hotel concierge is performing well in its wide release. Whether it can outgross Anderson’s most commercially successful films Moonrise Kingdom ($45 million) and The Royal Tenenbaums ($52 million) remains to be seen.

Scarlett Johansson had a busy weekend at the box office, co-starring in Captain America and headlining the R-rated indie from writer/director Jonathan Glazer: Under the Skin. The film, which opened in four locations in New York and Los Angeles earned an estimated $140,000 for a per-screen average of $35,000. It was a far better outcome then Halle Berry experienced in this three-day frame.

Below is the box office Top 5. Tune back in next weekend when the animated sequel Rio 2 opens against Kevin Costner in Draft Day.

Captain America–$96.2 million
Noah–$17 million, cume $72.3 million
Divergent–$13 million, cume $114 million
God’s Not Dead–$7.7 million, cume $32.5 million
Grand Budapest Hotel–$6.3 million, $33.4 million