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April 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a superhero against a flock of birds at the box office over the weekend, and although the birds of Rio 2 flew to an early lead on Friday, by the time the weekend ended, Captain America 2 once again ruled the roost. According to studio estimates, however, the final result was very close — as analysts had expected. Captain America: The Winter Soldier wound up with about $41.4 million, down 56 percent from its debut a week ago, while Rio 2 opened with around $39 million, almost the identical take of its predecessor when it appeared in 2011. Two other new films did not provide much of a challenge. Relativity’s horror flick Oculus grabbed $12 million, a solid figure for a film that cost just $5 million to produce. And Lionsgate/Summit’s Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, debuted in fourth place with $9.8 million — at the low end of analysts’ projections. The faith-based God’s Not Dead remained very much alive in its fourth week, and, oh yes, Disney’s Frozen, although going strong as the sales leader in home video, added $372,000 to its theatrical total in just 344 theaters in its 21st week to bring it to just under $400 million to $399.43 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, $41.4 million; 2.Rio 2, $39 million; 3. Oculus, $12 million; 4.Draft Day, $9.8 million; 5.Divergent, $7.5 million; 6. Noah, $7.5 million; 7. God’s Not Dead, $5.5 million; 8. The Grand Budapest Hotel, $4.1 million; 9. Muppets Most Wanted, $2.2 million; 10. Mr. Peabody and Sherman, $1.8 million.