‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Keeps No.1 Spot, Stumps ‘Rio 2′
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier came in hard and fast for its premiere last weekend, and it hasn’t let any contenders take its throne over the past weekend. Considering that Cap came in with the strongest opening weekend at the box office all year, it makes sense that it would keep its No. 1 seat for a little while.
Three major competitors came in with wide releases over the weekend, but the cards weren’t stacked in their favor. Rio 2, Oculus, and Draft Day all premiered this past weekend. Rio 2 came closest to The Winter Soldier in the box office, but all the wings didn’t help the film fly high enough, as it just fell short. Oculus and Draft Day sat quite a ways further down in the box office take.
A quick look at the reviews and it may be clear why no one could go to toe-to-toe with the Cap — aside from not having superhuman strength. RottenTomatoes gives The Winter Soldier an 89 percent Tomatometer score, and 95 percent of fans have liked the film on the site, giving it 4.5 points out of 5. Rio 2 received a Tomatometer score of only 50 percent, though 74 percent of fans liked the film. Oculus earned a 71 percent Tomatometer score and 56 percent fan approval. Draft Day found a happy medium with a 62 percent Tomatometer score and 73 percent fan approval rating.
Noting the ratings, it’s clear Captain America came out on top on all critical fronts. It may have been this same critical edge that helped The Winter Soldier bump out Divergent and Noah during its opening weekend to earn itself the highest-grossing debut weekend since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiered back in November.