By Daniel Garris
Captain America: The Winter Soldier rounded out its first week of release with a first place take of $4.58 million on Thursday. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 5 percent from Wednesday. It should be noted that hold actually represented one of the day's better daily percentage holds among wide releases, as most films experienced noteworthy percentage decreases on Thursday. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was easily the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $117.61 million. That was in line with the film's lofty expectations and was 8 percent stronger than the $108.51 million seven-day start of last year's Thor: The Dark World. It is widely expected that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will find itself in a close race with Fox's Rio 2 for first place this weekend.
Paramount's Noah grossed $1.03 million to remain in second. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 55 percent from last Thursday. Noah placed in a distant second for the week with $22.08 million. That was down a discouraging 60 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's 14-day total to $77.42 million. Noah is currently running 9 percent behind the recent $85.09 million 14-day take of 300: Rise of an Empire.
Lionsgate's Divergent held steady in third place with $0.776 million. The successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. Divergent placed in third for the week with $16.35 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $117.38 million. Today it was announced that the Divergent series will consist of four films instead of three, as Allegiant will now be split into two films: Allegiant - Part 1, which will be released on March 18, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2, which will be released on March 24, 2017.
God's Not Dead took in $0.639 million to continue to claim fourth place. The break-out faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 18 percent from last Thursday. God's Not Dead placed in fourth for the week with $10.56 million. That was down just 11 percent from the previous week and brings the 21-day total for the film to a much stronger than expected $35.36 million.
Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.508 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film decreased just 4 percent from Wednesday and was down 27 percent from last Thursday. The Grand Budapest Hotel finished in fifth for the week with $8.34 million and has now grossed $35.42 million through 35 days of release.
Disney reports that Captain America: The Winter Soldier added $4.81 million to its strong early haul on Wednesday, giving the Marvel sequel a $113.03 million total through 6 days of release. That puts Soldier about 8 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World's pace through the same point.
Paramount's Noah earned $1.1 million yesterday, down 33 percent from Tuesday and 58 percent week-to-week. Darren Aronofsky's controversial Biblical adaptation has grossed $76.4 million domestically in 13 days, 7 percent ahead of the pace of 2011's Robin Hood.
Divergent dropped 25 percent from Tuesday and 51 percent from last Wednesday to $0.77 million yesterday. The young adult adaptation's domestic cume stands at $116.6 million.
God's Not Dead grabbed $0.69 million on Wednesday for a week-to-week decline of just 11 percent and a day-to-day drop of 16 percent. The sleeper hit has banked $34.7 million domestically thus far.
Rounding out the top five on Wednesday, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel tallied $0.53 million--off 25 percent from last Wednesday and 22 percent from Tuesday. Hotel's domestic earnings now total $34.9 million.
The official press release from Fandango:
LOS ANGELES - April 10, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in its second weekend, and "Rio 2," the animated adventure sequel, are ranking at the top of the Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring a 87 and 86 out of 100 points, respectively. "Captain" and "Rio" are neck and neck in today's sales on Fandango, with each film representing roughly 25% of tickets.
"Rio 2" is outselling "The Croods," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" and Fox Blue Sky Studios' previous adventure, "Epic" at the same point in those films' sales cycle.
"Families are hungry for exotic animated adventures," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "With the addition of Bruno Mars and other celebrity voice-overs, ‘Rio 2' is just the kind of film kids want to see."
On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down this weekend's new releases and asks "Draft Day" star Jennifer Garner about her co-star Kevin Costner in the sports dramedy. "It totally flipped me out acting opposite him," says Garner. "I tried to say to myself, ‘Jennifer, calm down'." In a lightning-round quiz, Karger also grills Garner on her favorite sports teams, movies, and athletes. The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.