"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)

Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has launched impressively with $10.2 million at Thursday night pre-shows in the U.S.

The figure came in well above comparable Thursday night figures for similar tentpoles, such as $9 million for “Man of Steel,” $8.8 million for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” $7.1 million for ‘Thor: The Dark World” and $4.9 million for “Divergent.”

The Thursday numbers for the “Captain America” sequel give an early indication that the Chris Evans starrer has enough potential pull to match forecasts of a domestic weekend above $90 million — which would be the top April opening of all time, eclipsing the $86 million-plus bow for Universal’s “Fast Five” in 2011.

“Man of Steel” went on to finish its opening weekend in June with $116 million and “Thor: The Dark World” grossed $85 million in its first frame in November.

“Winter Soldier” has generated solid reviews, scoring an 89% “fresh” rating so far on Rotten Tomatoes –significantly better than the first “Captain America,” which ended with a 79% positive rating.

The Thursday numbers for “Winter Soldier” included $1.2 million from 344 Imax locations.

As of 11 a.m. PDT Friday, “Winter Soldier” represented 83% of the weekend’s ticket sales on the Fandango online ticket service.

“Winter Soldier” has already taken in $95 million internationally following its launch in 32 territories and expands to Russia, Australia and China this weekend.

Paramount’s second weekend of “Noah” and Lionsgate’s third weekend of “Divergent” will battle for second place in the U.S. “Noah” has grossed $53 million in its first six days domestically and “Divergent” has crossed $100 million in its first two weeks.

 

 

 

 

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