The latest Marvel/Disney tentpole, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, landed in North America with a whacking $37m on Thursday night (starting at a comparatively early 20.00) and Friday. With an ‘A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences and strong reviews – currently leading to an 88% Rotten Tomato rating – momentum should power it to a staggering $95m over the weekend. This would be the highest April opening of all time, beating Universal’s current record-holder ‘Fast Five’ by $9m.
Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic ‘Noah’, which made a confident start last weekend, grossed a disappointing $4.9m on Friday. It will finish the weekend around the $17m mark, being $4m below more modest market projections.
‘Divergent’ is in the No.3 spot after grossing $4.1m during its third Friday in play and the action sci-fi adventure is on pace for a lightweight $12m weekend.