LOS ANGELES, April 6 (Xinhua) -- "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" debuted over the weekend and raced to garner 96.2 million U.S. dollars in ticket sales, leaving last weekend's box office winner "Noah" far behind.
Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," a sequel to the 2011 film "Captain America: The First Avenger," was screened at 3,938 locations in North America and turned out to be a huge success on the first weekend of release, according to record analysis at Rentrak.
The sequel has made the best April opening weekend ever, way ahead of the 2011 film "Fast Five," which grossed 86.2 million dollars in ticket sales in the opening week. The sequel also made an impressive 48 percent more than the 65 million dollars debut ticket revenue by "Captain America: The First Avenger."
In only ten days overseas, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier " got 207.1 million dollars in ticket sales, which was more than the entire foreign run of "Captain America: The First Avenger" that just grossed 193.9 million dollars in tickets sales. Globally, the sequel has already taken in a total of 303.3 million dollars in ticket sales.
The 170-million-dollar 3D sequel, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, got an A on CinemaScore and 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience was made up of mostly men (64 percent) and people over the age of 25 (57 percent).
It was followed by Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," which was shown at 3,751 locations and grossed 17 million dollars, or a fall of 61 percent in the tickets revenue in the second weekend on the basis of the first weekend of showings. It earned an aggregate revenue of 72.3 million dollars in ten days.
Coming in the third was "Divergent," which was released by Lionsgate, with 13 million dollars in tickets earnings, or a 49 percent decline, from showings at 3,631 cinemas over the weekend. It has grossed 114 million dollars so far.
Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend, as estimated by studios, were "God's Not Dead" (7.7 million dollars), "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (6.3 million), " Muppets Most Wanted" (6.3 million), "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (5.3 million), "Sabotage (1.9 million), "Need For Speed" (1.8 million) and "Non-Stop" (1.8 million).