Rio 2 hauled in $12 million yesterday, ahead of its predecessor's $10.35 million opening day three years ago. With that start, BoxOffice projects the animated sequel will bring in $45 million in a likely first place finish for its debut weekend. Word of mouth appears healthy with an 81 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning. With no more major animated releases between now and June's How to Train Your Dragon 2, expect legs for Rio 2 to hold up very well.
Disney reports this morning that Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $11.9 million on Friday, declining 68 percent from its opening day last week. Unfortunately, Friday night business dropped off from trends earlier in the day that indicated the film could ring up at least $1-2 million more yesterday. That said, BoxOffice projects a still-healthy $42 million sophomore frame for the hit Disney/Marvel sequel, which has now tallied $129.5 million domestically in 8 days. That's 9 percent ahead of the pace of Thor: The Dark World as the film continues to enjoy positive word of mouth.
Oculus is playing the role of upset among the weekend's other two newcomers. The Relativity horror pic earned a solid $4.94 million on Friday and is projected to tally $12.8 million this weekend. Positive reviews (for the horror genre), a lack of horror options in the market since January, and the crossover appeal added by Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who fame) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) are all contributing to the film's appeal among genre fans. Early word of mouth looks questionable with a 63 percent Flixster score so far.
Draft Day grossed $3.58 million in its first day, slightly behind the $4 million opening day of Kevin Costner's previous 2014 flick, 3 Days to Kill. Reviews for the sports drama have been mixed, while word of mouth looks to be on the fence judging by Flixster's 71 percent score. Ultimately, releasing a football-centric movie outside of football season looks to have proven ill-timed. BoxOffice projects a $10.8 million frame.
On the holdover front, Divergent took in another $2.35 million yesterday--down 44 percent from last Friday and bringing the film's total up to $119.7 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.
At the time of publishing, an official Friday estimate for Noah wasn't made available. Based on preliminary reports, BoxOffice tentatively projects $7.3 million for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical adaptation this weekend.
Last but not least, God's Not Dead continues to hold up extraordinarily well--dropping just 28 percent from last Friday to $1.59 million yesterday. BoxOffice projects a $5.8 million weekend.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris