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

Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:18pm EDT
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By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (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.

"Our target was to equal the first one, and that's what we did," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox, a unit of 21st Century Fox, referring to "Rio," which took in $39.2 million on its opening weekend.   Continued...

Actress Scarlett Johansson (R) gestures to the crowd during an interview at the UK premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier: at Shepherds Bush in London, March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett