‘Captain America 2’ Gets Tough Box Office Competition With ‘Rio 2’

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The battle for this weekend’s box office supremacy began in earnest on Friday, April 12, with two franchise juggernaut sequels in line for this weekend’s No. 1 slot at the US domestic box office; Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Despite a tremendous record-breaking opening weekend and international numbers that far surpassed Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier gets some tough box office competition with Rio 2 this weekend.

Early industry box office estimates have the animated comedy Rio 2, a sequel to the 2011 hit Rio, narrowly edging out Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Friday (April 11). Rio 2 took in an estimated $12 million, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier made an estimated $11.9 million. This is a good opening day number for Rio 2. The first film had an opening day of $10.3 million in April 2011 before making $39.3 for its first weekend frame. Based on current projections, Rio 2 will likely beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the top spot this weekend with about $45 million. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will likely come in second with around $40 million for its second frame. The first Rio went on to gross a total of $143.6 million domestically and a global box office take of $484.6 million worldwide.

Despite Captain America: The Winter Soldier getting some tough box office competition with Rio 2, it’s not all bad for the well-received Marvel Studios follow-up. The film is all but guaranteed to surpass the worldwide box office total for its predecessor, Captain America: The First Avenger, by the end of the weekend. Captain America: The First Avenger finished up with a global box office take of $370.5 million. Variety indicated during the afternoon of Thursday, April 10 that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had already made $363 million worldwide. This means that taking in the Thursday and Friday domestic grosses for the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already surpassed the worldwide box office total for Captain America: The First Avenger. Based on current projections, the domestic take for Captain America: The Winter Soldier will also pass up the domestic total of $176.6 million as soon as later this week.

Other new films that opened this week include Oculus, which made $4.9 million on Friday. Also, the new sports-themed drama, Draft Day, was only able to manage the No. 3 slot on Friday with $3.6 million.

Even if Captain America: The Winter Soldier is unable to finish first when the actual weekend results are revealed by Monday (April 14), it will still have done respectable business this weekend. A movie such as Rio 2 also arguably has broader appeal, since it’s an animated comedy aimed at children. In addition, the franchise is incredibly family-friendly as well. Material such as Rio 2, despite having a 50% “Rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is generally critic-proof. However, the first Rio received much more favorable reviews overall in 2011.

This weekend’s tight box office battle will likely pale in comparison to what will happen later this summer. May alone will see the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a reboot of the Godzilla franchise. However, in recent years, April has become a much bigger release month for movies. Captain America: The Winter Soldier finding tough box office competition with Rio 2 is perfectly symbolic of this.

By Jeffrey Harris

Sources:
Entertainment Weekly
Box Office Mojo
Variety
Rotten Tomatoes

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