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‘Captain America’ holds off ‘Rio 2’ with $41.4M

  • This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney)

    This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney)

  • This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Gabi, voiced by Kristin Chenoweth, in a scene from the animated film "Rio 2." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox- Blue Sky Studios)

    This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Gabi, voiced by Kristin Chenoweth, in a scene from the animated film "Rio 2." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox- Blue Sky Studios)

  • This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney)
  • This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Gabi, voiced by Kristin Chenoweth, in a scene from the animated film "Rio 2." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox- Blue Sky Studios)

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 Walt Disney release in North America was enough to narrowly edge 20th Century Fox’s Rio 2 in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale Rio 2 debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates yesterday, 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.

For a superhero whose costume is draped with the U.S. flag, Captain America has proven particularly popular abroad.

“The traditional rules just don’t apply anymore. It’s really about that Marvel brand,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

Captain America can play in Peoria just as well as Hong Kong.”

Rio 2, with a voice cast including Anna Kendrick and Jessie Eisenberg, also played well internationally. In its second week of release overseas, it made $62.5 million.

Associated Press

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