Captain America: The Winter Soldier is proving that a big shield is enough to conquer the box office, pulling in an estimated $37 million Friday night. The PG-13 film from Joe and Anthony Russo is already outpacing 2011’s original Captain America, which earned $25.7 million its first full day in release. The movie has also already nabbed $75 million from its international release and could get close to $100 million here in North America.
The power of Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers has essentially blotted out the rest of the box office, with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah earning only $4.9 million on its second Friday in release. That gives the Bible flick a $60 million total. It’s not helping that Captain America’s ”A” CinemaScore far outshines the “C-” audiences handed out to Russell Crowe’s flood epic.
In Divergent’s third week in release, the YA adaptation pulled in an estimated $4.2 million on Friday, putting its domestic total at a little over $105 million.
God’s Not Dead is likely to land in fourth place this weekend, earning an additional $2.2 million Friday when it added 580 theaters to its release plan. The unlikely hit has now grossed $27 million.
Rounding out the top five is likely to be Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which grossed an additional $1.8 million on Friday for a domestic total close to $30 million.
Here’s how the top five movies looked on Friday:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $37 million
Noah – $4.9 million
Divergent – $4.2 million
God’s Not Dead – $2.2 million
The Grand Budapest Hotel – $1.8 million
Check back tomorrow for a full report.