UPDATE 1-'Captain America' soars above 'Rio 2' birds to win box office

Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:15pm EDT
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By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, April 13 (Reuters) - Marvel's red-white-and-blue superhero soared to a second straight box office win in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," beating out new animated movie "Rio 2," the story of a family of Brazilian birds on a trip to the Amazon.

Walt Disney Co's "Captain America," which set an April ticket sales record when it opened a week ago, pulled in another $41.4 million from Friday to Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The "Rio" sequel from 20th Century Fox debuted with $39 million in ticket sales, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

Low-budget horror flick "Oculus," a new film from "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum, finished in third place, collecting $12 million.

Ahead of the weekend, box office forecasters had predicted "Captain America" and "Rio" would battle in a close race, with each taking in $40 million-plus.

"Rio 2" is a sequel to a 2011 film about a vibrantly colored family of rare macaw birds in Brazil. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway provide voices for the avian parents who take their family to the Amazon in search of a possible colony of their critically endangered brothers and sisters.

Global sales for the film, which cost $103 million to make, reached $164 million through Sunday, according to Fox.   Continued...