Between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, the roles were reversed internationally with the later taking the lead while the other settling for 2nd place.
Rio 2, now in 65 markets, had its biggest weekend yet with $63.5 million, bringing the animation’s total to $125.6 million internationally. That’s definitely on the right track for both Blue Sky and Fox with already $171.8 million worldwide, just about doubling the sequel’s $103 million production budget.
Rio 2 had its best debut in China, in 2nd place with $12.6 million. Among the last big markets that have yet to open the animation, we have South Korea, Poland and Japan, all coming in May. Ultimately Rio 2 should end up somewhere between $450 and $500 million worldwide, more or less around the final tally of Rio, $484.6 million.
A very strong 2nd place was Captain America: The Winter Soldier at $60.6 million, now up to $335.2 million internationally. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry has $502.2 million worldwide so far, which is already considerably more than both Captain America: The First Avengers ($370.6 million) and Thor ($449.3 million).
At this pace The Winter Soldier is headed for $650-700 million worldwide, making it the 3rd highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe flick, behind only The Avengers ($1,518.6 million) and Iron Man 3 ($1,215.4 million). No wonder Marvel already confirmed the two directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, for Captain America 3.
At this point they are holding most of the cards, so the movie that should be moving release dates is Warner’s Superman and Batman project. Captain America is much more of a known quantity now, after The Winter Soldier. Warner Bros. on the other hand can’t take the hit on their superhero feature, so the smart thing to do would be to push it back 1-2 weeks.
Noah had another solid weekend in 3rd with $36.2 million. That’s $162 million internationally and $248.7 million worldwide for Paramount and their $125 million Bible epic.
Divergent came in 4th at $23.2 million, a step up from last week and now with $50.3 million internationally. The young-adult adaptation is still far from a hit overseas, but its solid domestic take pushed the movie to $176.7 million worldwide, which is twice as much as it cost to make ($85 million). On the bright side those sequels that are already in production are bound to go up internationally, so there’s that.
Another disappointing film overseas, The Lego Movie, rounds out the top 5 with $9.8 million. The animation has grossed only about 40% of its overall take from outside the US, which is very much a rarity for this genre. On the last count The Lego Movie had $425 million worldwide, making it the biggest animation Warner Bros. have ever distributed (Happy Feet made $384.3 million).
In Frozen news, it’s currently in 8th place on the all-time worldwide chart, just $7.3 million away from 7th (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with $1,119.9 million). Also Japan has now become Frozen‘s top market after another phenomenal weekend, its 5th consecutive at the top of the country’s box office. In only a month Frozen has generated $90 million in Japan, quite a bit more than South Korea’s $76.7 million, which is the animation’s 2nd best foreign territory.