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Thursday 25 December 2014

Captain America's box office record

Chris Evans' Captain America: The Winter Soldier is number one in the US
Chris Evans' Captain America: The Winter Soldier is number one in the US

Chris Evans' Captain America sequel has broken a box office record in the US.

Superhero movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted with 96.2 million US dollars (£58 million) to become the biggest-ever April release in America.

The film - which stars Chris as the shield-wielding superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow - took the title from the previous record-holder, 2011's Fast Five, which opened with 86.2 million dollars (£52 million).

Expanding to Russia, Australia and China in its second week, the Marvel comic adaptation earned 107.1 million dollars (£64.6 million) internationally this weekend, topping the international box office and bringing its overall worldwide haul to more than 303 million (£182.8 million).

Explaining why the film was unveiled in April as opposed to the summer, Dave Hollis, head of worldwide theatrical distribution for Disney, said: "We looked at the possibility of creating separation from the other summer tent poles. There was an opportunity. We have the second Marvel film coming at the end of the summer in Guardians Of The Galaxy. We wanted to start and end the summer and take advantage of this holiday. In the next month or so we'll have the benefit of spring break."

Meanwhile, Paramount's biblical saga Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, took a drastic dip in its second weekend, earning 17 million (£10.2 million) after debuting with 44 million US dollars (£26.5 million).

However, it sailed into second place, pushing Lionsgate's young adult science-fiction thriller Divergent, led by Shailene Woodley, to third place in its third week. Its Stateside total is now 114 million (£68.7 million).

Freestyle Releasing's surprise hit God's Not Dead took the number four slot and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel was in fifth after collecting 6.3 million dollars (£3.8 million), bringing its US total to 33 million (£19.9).

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