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4/7/2014 (11 months ago)

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Opening to a staggering $96.2 million, comic book hero hits theaters like a summertime blockbuster

Move over, "Noah." "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was the largest April debut for any film on record, totaling all box-office competition. Movie theaters across the U.S. were galvanized with a jolt only seen in summertime blockbusters as "Captain America" raked in a staggering $96.2 million its first opening weekend.

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' broke all box office records for the month of April.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" broke all box office records for the month of April.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/7/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Captain America, box office record, summer movies


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Analysts had predicted a substantial box office take. "Captain America" quickly overtook 2011's "Fast Five," which bowed to $86 million in the last weekend of April, typically Hollywood's unofficial opening weekend of summer.

"Disney ran another Marvel movie up the flagpole," David Mumpower, analyst for Box Office Prophets says. "And the entirety of North America saluted."

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It's been a good year so far for motion pictures. The nation's box office is running about 10 percent ahead of sales through the same period last year.

"Captain America" is the latest superhero to thrive in the wake of the comic-book ensemble "The Avengers", which collected $623 million in 2012, according to Ray Subers, analyst for Box Office Mojo.

"Soldier," like last year's "Thor: The Dark World" at $206 million and "Iron Man 3" at $409 million, was seen as a continuing tale of the all-star team, not a sequel to the superhero's individual story, Subers says.

"The performance ... indicates that the 'Avengers bump' is a real thing," Subers says.

It didn't hurt that "Captain America" got good reviews as well. About 89 percent of reviewers recommended the film, while 95 percent of fans said they enjoyed it, says survey site Rotten Tomatoes. The film earned an "A" from audiences, according to online pollsters CinemaScore.

Subers says the critical and commercial reception propels Captain America to "the superhero A-list alongside 'Batman,' 'Iron Man,' 'Spider-Man,' 'Superman' and the 'X-Men.'"

The biblical tale "Noah" was second with $17 million, bringing its 10-day total to $72.3 million.

The teen fantasy adaptation "Divergent" captured third with $13 million, followed by "God's Not Dead" with $7.7 million.

This weekend's top ten at the movies were:

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 and Sherman" - $5,300,000
8.  "Sabotage" - $1,908,000
9.  "Need For Speed" - $1,836,000
10  "Non-Stop - $1,827,000

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