‘Captain America’ Blows Up Weekend Box Office With Boffo $203 Mil Globally, Scores Record $96 Mil Stateside

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)

Marvel tentpole keeps hit streak alive for the Disney-owned brand

The Marvel machine continues to be a wonder at the box office, with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” amassing a whammo $203.3 million worldwide this weekend, of which an estimated $96.2 million came from Stateside plexes, making it the largest domestic debut ever in April.

To date, “Winter Soldier” has raked in an overwhelming $300 million-plus global tally, with several overseas territories bowing the pic last weekend. The film now is playing in approximately 92% of the international marketplace.

In China, “Winter Soldier” scored the largest opening for a Disney-Marvel film with $39.2 million, which is 16% larger than “Iron Man 3.” Russia and Australia also each contributed No. 1 bows locally, grossing $7.4 million and $6 million, respectively.

The huge Stateside opening for “Winter Soldier,” which included a benchmark $9.6 million from Imax (with 9 of the film’s top 10-grossing theaters) and $6.5 million from other premium-large format screens, is nearly 50% larger than the original’s opening in 2011. The Herculean improvement is attributed mostly to the inundation of the Marvel brand over the last few years.

“Records aside, this is a testament to the momentum created within the Marvel universe for each of these characters to become something greater than themselves,” said Disney distribution topper Dave Hollis, adding that the film is well positioned during spring break to take advantage of an already strong word-of-mouth play.

“When you have the critical and fan response, it feels like we’re set up for an extraordinary run ahead,” Hollis said.

That said, “Captain America” was unable to save 3D, which contributed just 23% domestically this weekend (outside Imax and PLF screens).

In non-“Cap” B.O. news, Paramount’s “Noah” dropped to second place, with $17 million, down roughly 60%, a much steeper drop than desired for the costly tentpole. Still, the Biblical epic has cumed $72.3 million domestically in two weeks, with a solid global gross of $178.5 million.

At the specialty box office, Fox Searchlight’s V.I.P. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” continues to cross over reaching $33.2 million in its fifth frame. The film again landed in the top 10 with an estimated weekend gross of $6.3 million from 1,263 locations, the second-widest expansion for a Wes Anderson film.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate-Codeblack Entertainment’s Halle Berry psychological drama “Frankie & Alice” scored an underwhelming $2,047 per screen average from 171 locations after languishing on the shelf for more than a year. The film estimated a total $350,000 in three days.

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  1. Captain America the winter soldier was a great movie I loved it all the way til the end of the movie….. Wht I like about the movie was when buky caught captain shield…. But to put my long comment to an end THIS CAPTAIN AMERICA WAS DEFFENTLY WAS BETTER THEN THE FIRST CAPTAIN AMERICA

  2. Jay says:

    It’s time to kill off 3D and really think about the future: replace 20+ year old projector screens, make theaters UltraHD, get digital surround sound… without premium fees. Also, IMAX should be expanded.

  3. Name says:

    The movie’s been out 10 days overseas. That figure is NOT a ‘weekend’ gross.
    Unless your weekends are 10 days long, in which case I want to live in your world! :p

  4. Lexi Menichelli says:

    They are doing good.

  5. LOL says:

    America is feeding the world crap. China can’t get enough of it.

  6. Yodo says:

    Let’s not forget that Marvel gave the audience a decent script… something the rest of Hollywood should learn.

  7. laidbackmack says:

    Reblogged this on The Stoned Eclectic and commented:
    Check out Marvel’s latest film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Looks like an action-packed, funny and entertaining movie.

  8. Steph says:

    When it does Iron Man numbers then I’ll be impressed. Until then next.

    • therealeverton says:

      Why does it have to do Iron Man numbers? Different character, different cast, different scale from previous and different release pattern.

      Nobody expects all of the comics to sell the exactly the same area of of comics; so we/they certainly don’t expect all of the individual films to make the same kind of box office either. The potential is there, down the line, Cap 3 can certainly do that based on how people will/are react(ing) to this film and the threads setting up that film and the “evil” Cap.

      But seriously, nobody is sitting around demanding the idea that if Thor, Cap, Ant-Man, Guardians and so on to ALL be billion grosses all the time;. It’s just not sensible.

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