April Preview (Part 1): ‘Captain America,’ ‘Rio 2,’ ‘Draft Day’… >
April 4, 2014 - box officeby Ray Subers
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
April 2, 2014
April is historically one of a slowest months of a year during a box office: a stream record is 2011’s $793 million, that puts it forward of usually Sep ($604 million) and Oct ($693 million).
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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier staid to do blockbuster business, this Apr should be partially strong. If Rio 2 and during slightest one other contender (Transcendence, Heaven Is For Real) can also do plain numbers, Apr 2014 should during slightest come tighten to record levels.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes over a initial weekend of April, that is a full month forward of Marvel’s standard Summer kick-off date. So far, this looks like a intelligent decision: a Captain is winning a review right now, and is going to get 4 weekends yet any critical competition.
Winter Soldier is a third follow-up to 2012’s The Avengers, that seems to have broadened a interest of this sold organisation of superheroes. At a domestic box office, Iron Man 3 softened 31 percent over a predecessor, while Thor: The Dark World was adult a some-more medium 14 percent.
Compared to a Thor sequel, Captain America has a some-more engaging story, a stronger recover date, and improved reviews (currently over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Therefore, demeanour for Captain America to some-more closely counterpart Iron Man 3‘s pattern, that would put it during around $230 million total.
Unfortunately, Captain America substantially won’t play as good overseas: it would be startling if a film matched The Dark World‘s $438 million.
On a second weekend of April, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will conflict visitor Rio 2 for initial place.
The initial Rio non-stop in Apr 2011, and wound adult with a plain $143.6 million. The film was most some-more considerable overseas, where it warranted $341 million. The supplement brings behind all of a characters from a initial movie, and also adds a few large names (Bruno Mars, Kristen Chenoweth) to a low-pitched ensemble.
While selling doesn’t do a good pursuit differentiating a sequel, it does during slightest pledge copiousness of laughs (always good for an charcterised movie). Without any critical competition, a final sum in line with a initial movie’s $143.6 million wouldn’t be surprising.
The other dual releases on Apr 11th are both sincerely modest. Draft Day looks like a football chronicle of Moneyball, yet though a status cause or a A-list star (Kevin Costner isn’t Brad Pitt). Still, early word is solid, and Summit’s selling debate is doing a good pursuit reaching out directly to doctrinaire sports fans. A opening in line with 2008’s Leatherheads ($12.7 million debut, $31.4 million total) seems like a reasonable expectation.
Oculus is a initial of dual abnormal fear cinema opening in April. The typically clever genre hasn’t constructed a strike in a whileParamount Activity: The Marked Ones and Devil’s Due total for reduction than $50 millionand early reviews for a film are positive.
Oculus also has fear heavyweight Jason Blum on house as executive producer, and is leveraging his code in some of a marketing. Blum can’t pledge a movie’s success, though, as valid by final February’s Dark Skies ($17.4 million). Similar to Dark Skies, Oculus feels like a film that checks off lots of boxes, yet isn’t utterly singular adequate to bond with audiences.
See Part 2 for a demeanour during ‘Transcendence,’ ‘The Other Woman,’ ‘The Quiet Ones’ More
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