Captain America 2 breaks record at US box office

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has debuted in the number one spot at the US box office.

The Marvel sequel – which stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson – broke April box office records by taking an estimated $96.2 million on its opening weekend.

It surpasses the previous April record set by Fast Five, which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011.

Captain America comfortably beat its nearest competition, Russell Crowe’s Noah, which took an estimated $17m in second spot.

Dystopian thriller Divergent slipped to number three and took $13m in ticket sales, bringing its total in the US and Canada to $114 million since its release on March 21.

God’s Not Dead (4) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (5) each rose one place on the latest countdown. The independently-released Christian movie took $7.7m, while the Ralph Fiennes comedy grossed $6.3m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Sabotage – which opened poorly last weekend – took $1.9m this time around, slipping to eighth place at the domestic box office.

Muppets Most Wanted, Mr Peabody and Sherman, Need For Speed and Non-Stop also featured in this week’s top ten.

The US weekend box office top ten for April 6 is as follows:
1. (-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $96,200,000
2. (1) Noah – $17,000,000
3. (2) Divergent – $13,000,000
4. (5) God’s Not Dead – $7,726,000
5. (6) The Grand Budapest Hotel – $6,300,000
6. (3) Muppets Most Wanted – $6,285,000
7. (4) Mr Peabody and Sherman – $5,300,000
8. (7) Sabotage – $1,908,000
9. (8) Need For Speed – $1,836,000
10. (10) Non-Stop – $1,827,000

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