Superhero epics tend to debut in the summer or holiday season when school-goers are out for break, but Captain America’s The Winter Soldier installment instead opted for a spring release. In doing so, it broke some serious records. The action flick, which is still riding some publicity from 2012’s The Avengers, debuted with over 48% improvement over the original Captain America, grossing nearly $100 million. This is not an odd trend though—both Iron Man and Thor’s sequels outperformed their first installments. This all puts Captain America: The Winter Soldier firmly in place as April’s highest grossing movie, ever.
The films following Captain America did not perform well in first place’s stead. Noah is expected to reach about $100 million total gross by the time it exits theaters, but not by much. The biblical epic dropped about 61% this week, and the teen sci-fi Divergent dipped 49%.
God’s Not Dead, the faith-based drama, continued to earn a steady viewership. Despite its non-mainstream release, it has grossed nearly $32.5 million to date.
Full Box Office via BoxOfficeMojo.com:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000
2. Noah $17,000,000
3. Divergent $13,000,000
4. God’s Not Dead $7,726,000
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000
6. Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000
7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $5,300,000
8. Sabotage $1,908,000
9. Need for Speed $1,836,000
10. Non-Stop $1,827,000