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Friday Report: 'Captain America' Sequel Opens Above 'Thor 2'

by Ray Subers
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
 

 
April 5, 2014

As expected, Captain America: The Winter Soldier took over the box office on Friday with a huge $37 million. While it probably won't reach $100 million this weekend, it's still on track to easily set a new record for April.

Captain America
's $37 million debut is the biggest opening day since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November. It's up 14 percent from Thor: The Dark World's $31.9 million, and up 44 percent from the first Captain's $25.7 million.

If The Winter Soldier plays similarly to The Dark World, it will inch past $100 million this weekend. Other comparable titles (The Avengers, Iron Man 3) suggest it will wind up in the $94-to-$96 million range.

Noah
was no match for Captain America: Darren Aronofsky's divisive Biblical epic sunk 68 percent to an estimated $4.9 million on Friday. For the weekend, it should take second place with around $17 million.

Divergent
fell 49 percent to an estimated $4.2 million. The young-adult adaptation now ranks third among 2014 releases with $105.2 million.

God's Not Dead
expanded to 1,758 locations and added $2.2 million. That's off just six percent from last Friday. The faith-based indie hit is on its way to passing $30 million by Sunday.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the Top Five with $1.83 million (down 24 percent). To date, it has earned $28.9 million.

Weekend Projections

1. Captain America - $96 million
2. Noah - $17 million
3. Divergent - $13 million
4. God's Not Dead - $7.7 million
5. Grand Budapest - $6.5 million

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