Captain America: The Winter Soldier won the weekend box office for the third consecutive weekend. It also helped Disney Studios reach $1 billion faster than any studio ever reached that benchmark total. The third weekend totals for the new Marvel movie saw it bring in another $26.6 million, pushing past the $200 million mark.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has now grossed over $500 million worldwide, and in just four weeks has made more money than Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor did in their entire runs. It has almost grossed over $100 million in China, just grossed $2 million in Japan and has been number one in Korea for four straight weeks.
Frozen finished in 23rd place in the weekend box office race, which is impressive since it is already out on Blu-ray. That helped push the Disney animated movie into first place on the all-time animated movie list, passing Ice Age: Continental Drift. Frozen has now made $715.9 million worldwide, and its 2014 numbers added to Captain America: The First Avenger has helped Disney move past the $1 billion mark in record time.
Taking second place this weekend was Rio 2, which finished with $22.5 million, but remained in second behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The sequel has now made $75.4 million in 10 days.
The biggest surprises of 2014 are the onslaught of faith based movies, all succeeding at the weekend box office. The newest one, Heaven is for Real, finished in third place with $21.5 million and has a total of $28.5 million since it opened on Wednesday. Heaven is for Real joins Noah ($93.2 million, $290.6 million worldwide), God’s Not Dead ($48.3 million)and Son of God ($59.4 million) to prove that there is a lot of money to be made from the Christian-based audience.
The biggest bomb this weekend was Transcendence, which starred Johnny Depp and was directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Inception). Transcendence finished in fourth place with $11.1 million, only one spot ahead of A Haunted House 2, which made $9.1 million.
Here’s the complete weekend box office breakdown:
Weekend Box Office
|1||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||$26.6M||$201.5M|
|3||Heaven is for Real||$21.5||$28.5|
|5||A Haunted House 2||$9.1||$9.1|
|10||God’s Not Dead||$4.8||$48.3|
(new movies in bold, links to reviews)
Weekend box office estimates courtesy of Box Office Mojoby