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Friday Box Office: 'Captain America' Does Huge Business, 'Under the Skin' Has Healthy Limited Opening

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2014 at 2:10PM

Marvel's latest juggernaut "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Buena Vista) replicated its one-week earlier initial initial success with a domestic take of $37,041,000, a record for an April opening. This is just under $3 million better than the previous best April first day achieved by the non-3D "Fast Five" (2011), with the take including $10.2 million for Thursday evening shows.
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Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Marvel's latest juggernaut "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Buena Vista) replicated its one-week earlier initial overseas success with a domestic take of $37,041,000 yesterday,  a record for an April opening day. This is just under $3 million better than the previous best April first day achieved by the non-3D "Fast Five" (2011), with the take including $10.2 million for Thursday evening shows. 

The Marvel franchise, spread out over multiple characters and studios, has had seven previous entries gross $90 million or more for their opening weekends, but impressively for this "Captain America" sequel, all of the earlier ones were released in the usually more lucrative May-July period. The likely $90 million-plus weekend total this time will outpace the initial series entry ("Captain America: The First Avenger") which took in $65 million for its opening in July 2011, and top the most recent Marvel entry, "Thor: The Dark World," which grossed $85.7 million for its start last November.

The success for the top film masks weakness for most of the rest of the top 10 which, combined, only grossed $17 million. At #2, last Friday's #1 film "Noah" (Paramount) did $4.9 million, $10 million less than its first day gross last week. #3 "Divergent" (Lionsgate) fell 50% at $4.2 million in its third week, now over $100 million but showing some signs of holding less well than hoped. Two more limited films that have been thriving follow, with the sleeper hit "God's Not Dead" (Freestyle) at #4 at $2.2 million, dropping only slightly with the help of 580 new theaters (now at 1,758). #5 "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) added just under 300 theaters (to reach 1,263) to gross $1.8 million, down about 25% from last Friday. Both films look to pass $50 million before they are through.

Two kids' oriented films placed #6 and 7, with "Muppets Most Wanted" (Buena Vista) taking in $1.5 million and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (20th Century-Fox) at $1.3 million. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Sabotage" fell more than 70% from its soft opening to take #8 at only $568,000, just edging out #9 "Non-Stop" (Universal) and #10 "Need for Speed" (Buena Vista), both above $500,000.

Among limited openings, Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" (A24) starring Scarlett Johannson, boosted by positive reviews, took in a strong $49,000 in only 4 theaters, looking to be (although not remotely at the same level) the biggest specialized opening so far this year after "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

This article is related to: Captain America: The Winter Soldier , Under the Skin, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Box Office, Box Office, Box Office Top Ten, Box Office


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.