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Captain America: The Winter Soldier scores record breaking $96.2 million US debut

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Story by Jack Foley

CAPTAIN America: The Winter Soldier has topped the US box office with a record-breaking $96.2 million in its first weekend.

The figure is the top April opening of all-time for a release, surpassing the previous record set by “Fast & Furious 5”: in 2011 ($86.2 million).

Put together with its global tally of $303.3 million, box office pundits are now saying that the sequel has a shot of surpassing the entire global gross of original Captain America movie The First Avenger ($370.6 million) by the end of next weekend.

Captain America 2 is directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo and brings back Chris Evans as the main hero. Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson also reprise their roles from The Avengers, while Robert Redford also makes his blockbuster debut.

The huge showing of the film in American cinemas meant that other films trailed in its wake, including Biblical epic Noah, which slipped to second with $17 million in its second weekend.

Noah did, however, cross the $100 million mark world-wide, marking a continued success for director Darren Aronofsky and leading man Russell Crowe.

Coming in third in its third weekend in the US was Young Adult adapation Divergent, which took a further $13 million to bring its US total to $114 million. The film opened in the UK this weekend.

Christian film God’s Not Dead came fourth, with $7.7 million for a US total of $32.5 million, while Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel completed the top five (and furthered its own impressive US run) with $6.3 million for a total of $33.4 million.

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