As expected, Captain America: The Winter Soldier took over the box office on Friday with a huge $37 million. While it probably won't reach $100 million this weekend, it's still on track to easily set a new record for April. Captain America's $37 million debut is the biggest opening day since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November. It's up 14 percent from Thor: The Dark World's $31.9 million, and up 44 percent from the first Captain's $25.7 million.
If The Winter Soldier plays similarly to The Dark World, it will inch past $100 million this weekend. Other comparable titles (The Avengers, Iron Man 3) suggest it will wind up in the $94-to-$96 million range. Noah was no match for Captain America: Darren Aronofsky's divisive Biblical epic sunk 68 percent to an estimated $4.9 million on Friday. For the weekend, it should take second place with around $17 million. Divergent fell 49 percent to an estimated $4.2 million. The young-adult adaptation now ranks third among 2014 releases with $105.2 million. God's Not Dead expanded to 1,758 locations and added $2.2 million. That's off just six percent from last Friday. The faith-based indie hit is on its way to passing $30 million by Sunday.
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the Top Five with $1.83 million (down 24 percent). To date, it has earned $28.9 million. Weekend Projections 1. Captain America - $96 million 2. Noah - $17 million 3. Divergent - $13 million 4. God's Not Dead - $7.7 million 5. Grand Budapest - $6.5 million