NEW YORK – Captain America continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as The Winter Soldier took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.
The strong second-week performance for the release in North America was enough to narrowly edge Rio 2 in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale Rio 2 debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, almost exactly the opening weekend total of the 2011 Oscar-nominated original.
But Captain America has grown considerably in stature since its 2011 original, The First Avenger. With a global cumulative total of nearly $477 million, The Winter Soldier has (in two weeks domestically, three weeks internationally) easily surpassed the $370 million total of The First Avenger.
Two other new releases opened in a distant third and fourth place.
The low-budget supernatural horror…
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