With a sizable release of 3,400+ theaters, sci-fi thriller "Transcendence" appears to be in good shape to open as the number one movie in the U.S., though a strong second weekend from "Rio 2" could bring the animated Fox release to the top of the charts for the first time.
With another $41 million in weekend revenue, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is continuing to put up big totals for distributor Disney, putting it well ahead of the pace of the original and nearly toppling $500 million worldwide in the process already. Also putting up some decent numbers over the weekend was "Rio 2," which earned very similar opening numbers as the original.
Coming off of the success of the 2011 original, "Rio 2" heads into theaters this weekend looking to scoop up family audiences, which shouldn't be much of a problem with the rest of its animated competition wrapping up their box office runs. But even with a fairly big opening from "Rio 2," it still looks like a long shot for it to overtake "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Hauling in more than $24,000 per site, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" racked up $96 million domestically over the weekend and added another $207 million in foreign revenue, bringing it to more than $300 million worldwide and cementing it as the biggest blockbuster so far in 2014. Meanwhile, "Noah" struggled to hold on to its audience, dropping more than 60% from its opening.
With the popularity of the Marvel universe backing it up, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is set to take over the top box office spot this weekend, possibly even making a run at the record April opening held by "Fast Five." Thanks to somewhat of an overlap in audience with "The Winter Soldier," the weekend will be a good test for "Noah" as it hopes to hold on to its core audience.
With strong numbers both domestically and abroad, director Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is off to a good start at the box office, as the biblical epic from Paramount hauled in a solid $44 million in the U.S. on more than $12,000 per venue. Also getting released over the weekend was Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring "Sabotage," though bad reviews and a lack of interest made for a rough opening weekend.
With a fairly aggressive 3,400-theater U.S. launch, acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is in good position to take over the top of the box office this weekend, likely ousting teen-geared fantasy film "Divergent" in the process. Meanwhile, action-thriller "Sabotage" will also take aim at mainstream audiences.
With a very solid $56 million opening, fantasy film "Divergent" had no problem finding its target demographic over the weekend, giving Lionsgate another potential franchise that can tap into teen audiences. Meanwhile, Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" struggled to find family audiences, grossing a disappointing $16.5 million and barely making it to $5,000 per site.
With plenty of hype and big aspirations from distributor Lionsgate, teen-friendly fantasy film "Divergent" is in position to blow away the competition and land easily as the number one box office draw in the U.S. this weekend. While "Divergent" looks to meet blockbuster expectations, Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" is also getting a wide release of roughly 3,000 total venues.