Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sets New April Opening Record!

The strong March box office showed a lot of potential for another big blockbuster in April, and sure enough, with Marvel Studios offering their first April release, the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier proceeded to set a new April opening record for the month, besting the previous opening record held by 2011’s Fast Five. Opening in 3,938 North American theaters, the sequel, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and Robert Redford, took in $37 million on Friday (including $10.2 million in Thursday previews), dropped a bit on Saturday to $34.6 million and is estimated to make $24.5 million on Sunday for a first three-day total of $96.2 million. Besides setting a new April opening record, that’s the fifth-highest opening for a Marvel Studios movie and seventh-biggest opening for a movie based on a Marvel Comics character.

On top of that, “The Winter Soldier” has grossed $303 million worldwide in just ten days, having already surpassed the previous movie’s international gross with over $200 million overseas. $9.6 million of Cap’s opening weekend take was delivered from 346 domestic IMAX screens, which made up 16 of the top 20 locations, with another $6.5 million grossed on 278 international IMAX screens for a $19.4 million global IMAX total so far.

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