When ‘Rio 2’ finished Friday with a slender lead over ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, it looked set for a comfortable win at the North American weekend box office, anticipating a likely boost from Saturday and Sunday family audiences and strong word of mouth following an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences. But things did not pan out that way when the animation comedy only grew by a soft 28% on Saturday and it was left trailing in second place on $39m from a market high 3,948 theatres at the end of the three day session. It was only just below the market’s pre-release expectations but missed Friday night’s revised forecast by $6m.
Meanwhile, ‘The Winter Soldier’ over-performed during the entire session and finished Sunday night on $41.4m from 3,938 theatres, a good $3m above the market’s original projections. The superhero sequel has now grossed an impressive $159m domestically after two weekends in play.