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April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Snow still covered the ground in many cities across the U.S. over the weekend, but it looked like the middle of summer at the box office as Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned an estimated $96.2 million, easily setting a record for the month of April. On just the second weekend of spring, the movie demolished the previous record for the month — $86 million set by Fast Five in 2011, and, of course, it came in well ahead of this year’s top opener, The Lego Movie, which debuted with $69 million in February. Speaking of that film, it earned another $1.4 million over the weekend, to bring its domestic total past $250 million. Another animated family film, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, pushed past the $100 million mark to bring its total to $104 million. Clearly, however, there was little room in theaters for two blockbusters as Paramount’s Noah sank 61 percent in its second weekend to $17 million. Divergent, which passed the $100-million mark on Thursday, added another $13 million to its earnings over the weekend. The faith-based God’s Not Dead was also very much alive as it expanded to 1,776 screens and brought in $7.7 million over its third weekend. It was down just 12.2 percent. Rounding out the top five was The Grand Budapest Hotel, which expanded to 1,263 screens, dropping just 26.2 percent in its fifth weekend. Incidentally, Scarlett Johannson competed against herself in Los Angeles and New York, where she co-starred not only in Captain America, but also in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, which grossed $140,000 in four theaters — or $35,000 per screen. Captain America averaged $23,000 per screen.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1.Captain America: The Winter Soldier, $96.2 million; 2. Noah, $17 million); 3. Divergent, $13 million; 4. God’s Not Dead, $7.7 million; 5. The Grand Budapest Hotel, $6.3 million); 6. Muppets Most Wanted, $6.3 million; 7. Mr. Peabody and Sherman, $5.3 million; 8. Sabotage, $1.9 million; 9. Need for Speed, $1.84 million; 10. Non-Stop, $1.83 million.