The $170-million 3-D film, starring
The sequel, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, generated just over $207 million in its first 10 days overseas.
"The response has been fantastic," said Dave Hollis, Disney's head of distribution. "Coming out in April and setting a record is truly a great thing."
Next weekend, the film will open in Brazil, Hungary, Turkey and Trinidad. It opens in Japan on April 19.
The film, which opened in 3,938 locations in the U.S., had an A on CinemaScore and 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience consisted mostly of men (64%), people 25 and older (57%) and couples (58%).
Hollis partly attributed the film's success to its universal storyline.
"There's a contemporary feel with the overall story," he said. "It's not just an action movie but a character story."
In its second weekend, director
The long-anticipated Old Testament epic from
In third place was
Based on a young adult novel series, the Lionsgate film, directed by Neil Burger and starring
"God's Not Dead," screening in 1,758 theaters in the U.S., moved up to No. 4, making $7.7 million in its third weekend and an estimated total of $32.5 million.
The faith-based film, about a college student defending his beliefs against a professor, features Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain, the popular Christian rock group Newsboys, and Willie and Korie Robertson from the
"We have now increased our theater count to 1,263 locations and are planning to add more theaters again this coming week," Frank Rodriguez, Fox Searchlight's head of distribution, said in an email. "We are surprised each weekend at how broad the response is for this terrific comedy with the stellar cast."
Also noteworthy in the U.S. top 10: "Muppets Most Wanted" fell 44% to finish sixth with $6.3 million; "Need for Speed" hung in at ninth with $1.84 million; and at No. 10, "Non-Stop," in its sixth week, generated about $1.83 million.