Captain America Squashes The “Rio” Birds

You can’t keep “Captain America” down. Defying early estimates on Friday, “The Winter Soldier” ended up beating the animated sequel “Rio 2” at the U.S. box-office over the weened.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” leapt ahead of the CG-animated blue birds with a second weekend haul of $41.3 million, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $159 million after ten days.

Chuck in the film’s several week run already in many international territories and its already sitting on a whopping $476 million worldwide.

“Rio 2” ended up in second place with $39 million, essentially equalling the original film’s debut back in 2011. The film also opened worldwide in various markets this weekend where it shot to number one in many territories – bringing the film’s global haul to $125.2 million so far.

The low-budget horror tale “Oculus,” made for just $5 million and with the only star being a former “Doctor Who” companion and Australian soap hunk, managed a healthy $12 million opening. That’s still considerably better than the much bigger budget Kevin Costner-led “Draft Day” which came in fourth with $9.7 million.

On the limited release front, the Nicolas Cage-led “Joe” disappointed with a disastrous $2,208 screen average on 48 screens. The Nick Frost-led “Cuban Fury” fared even worse with its 79 screen opening averaging just $703 per screen.

On the flip side, Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” had a $24,250 per screen take on four screens, while “The Railway Man” managed $16,125 per screen inn four screens.