In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin.
"Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its second weekend, down 56% from its $95-million opening. The Marvel superhero movie, released by Disney, has a domestic haul so far of $159 million.
The 3-D sequel is already close to matching the total $176.7-million domestic take of 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger."
Fox's "Rio 2" drew $39 million in its opening weekend, virtually the same amount that the first
The ornithologically themed sequel fell just shy of projections that it would gross $40 million to $45 million this weekend. "We had a terrific Friday followed by a much softer-than-expected Saturday," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Fox.
He said viewers reacted positively to the movie, with an audience score of "A" from survey firm Cinemascore. Fox expects the movie to perform strongly during the upcoming spring holidays, when many students are off from school.
The 3-D animated movie featuring the voices of
The low-budget horror movie "Oculus" premiered at $12 million to take the No. 3 spot. The Relativity release had an estimated production budget of just $5 million. It received an audience grade of "C" from Cinemascore.
"Draft Day," starring
The Lionsgate release is the fourth Costner movie to open in the last 12 months as the Oscar winner attempts a comeback after a period of box-office disappointments.
In its fourth weekend, "Divergent" saw its weekend box office fall 42% to $7.5 million, bringing its cumulative domestic haul to $124.9 million.
"God's Not Dead," another faith-based movie, earned $5.5 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $40.7 million. The drama was made for an estimated $2 million.