Fox’s Rio 2 held the slenderest of leads over Captain America: The Winter Soldier after Friday when both films over-performed in the battle for the weekend No. 1 spot at the North American box office.
With a powerful $12m Friday from a market high 3,948 theatres and an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore propelling word of mouth, Rio 2 should finish the weekend close to $45m, a good $3-5m above market expectations.
The Winter Soldier was only $0.1m behind from 3,938 theatres but needed a good lead on Friday to have had a realistic chance of negating Rio 2’s Saturday and Sunday family audiences. The superhero sequel, nevertheless, is on pace for a $41m three-day session, which would represent a decent 49% weekly fall (stripping out its opening Thursday), 6% less than expected.
Jonathan Teplitzky’s fourth feature, The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård, opened in four theatres for a platform release and grossed a solid $18,078.