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Captain America: The Winter Soldier retains US top spot with $41.4 million

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier has remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend with takings of $41.4 million.

The film held off a strong challenge from new release Rio 2, which took second spot with $39 million.

The figures mark impressive returns for both distributors Disney and Fox.

Captain America has now earned a massive $476.1 million worldwide, comfortably surpassing the $370.6 million earned by the first Captain America in its entire run. What’s more, it is showing well in China, where it has now taken over $80 million.

Rio 2, meanwhile, has now earned $125.2 million internationally for a global total of $164.2 million. Its US total was slightly lower than expected but some warm weather on Saturday in the States may have accounted for a box office slump on that day.

Elsewhere, new supernatural thriller Oculus came in third with $12 million, despite costing under $5 million to make. In doing so, it beat Ivan Reitman’s football drama Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner.

Oculus stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff and is written and directed by Mike Flanagan. It follows the story of a woman as she tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

The US top five was rounded out by Divergent, which took $7.5 million to bring its US total to $124.9 million. The film has proved a hit States-side but is struggling to breakout overseas. Nevertheless, three more sequels are in the pipeline, with the third book in the series being turned into two movies. Find out more

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