‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Earns $37 Million Opening Day

An estimated $10.2 million comes from Thursday night advanced screenings, with the Marvel sequel set to be the biggest April opener in history.
An estimated $10.2 million comes from Thursday night advanced screenings, with the Marvel sequel set to be the biggest April opener in history.

After taking in $10.2 million during its advanced Thursday midnight screenings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned another estimated $26.8 million on Friday for a domestic opening day total of $37 million, pulled in from 3,938 theater screens (2D, 3D and IMAX).

The Marvel sequel is looking to break the record for biggest April opening of all time, overtaking the record set by Fast Five in April of 2011. That franchise sequel pulled in $34.4 million on its opening day, and ended the weekend with $86.2 million.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is getting great word-of-mouth buzz and has generated an 'A' CinemaScore, the highest possible rating.

The Marvel Phase Two adventure is also faring better than last year's Thor: The Dark World, which earned $31.9 million on its opening day, earning a total of $85.7 million during its first weekend. Iron Man 3, on the other hand, is still king. It had a $68.9 million opening when it kicked off the summer season last year. And DC Comics' Man of Steel had a slightly bigger bump with $44 million plus another $12 million from special advanced screenings before its midnight release.

While it is estimated that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will earn over $100 million this weekend, becoming the first film of 2014 to do so, it will have to hold steady and actually gain an audience on Sunday. If it can pull it off, it joins the Iron Man movies, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight in doing the same.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon.

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  1. undeadslayer4

    @redcameraman winter soldier was really cheesy it had a storyline concept that every retro action movie had

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. Sean

    @redcameraman The first Thor movie and the second Thor movie should have been at least exactly 2 hours long, and not just under that running time. That is one of things that I was disappointed about regarding both movies.

    11 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    @undeadslayer4: It actually did for me. The action in "Man Of Steel" was just loud, repetitive, exhausting, almost fully depressing and underwhelming, and so pointlessly dragged out for a total of 30-40 minutes overall, whereas in "Captain America 2" the action was not, what I like to say, 'overused.' The directors took the time to make all the action sequences needed when necessary while still focusing on the story, and I was fully entertained by it (just like with "The Avengers").

    @themoviefanatic: They should've directed the first "Thor" film also and make that film a MILLIONS time better than it already is.

    11 months agoby @redcameramanFlag

  4. Sean

    I shouldn't complain because I like Thor: The Dark World a lot, but the directors that directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, should have been the ones who directed Thor: The Dark World.

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @thedude1 way better than IM3

    12 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  6. undeadslayer4

    @bellandedward1 uh no thats avengers 3

    12 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. undeadslayer4

    @redcameraman nope not really

    12 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    The action in this movie puts "Man Of Steel" to SHAME. :-)

    12 months agoby @redcameramanFlag

  9. Bellandedward1

    This movie was awesome Marvel's finest hour since the Avengers the post credit scene sets up for Age Of Ultron and introduces two new charcteters as well was the mentioned of Steven Strange AKA(Dr.Strange) and scarlet once again did black widow good and sexy and then their is the addition of Agent 13 who is going to have a major roll later on in the upcoming films.

    12 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  10. ed_wood

    Great, great movie. I think I'll see it again today.

    12 months agoby @ed-woodFlag

  11. ObiWanShinobi

    It was such a good movie..

    12 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  12. The Real Goku

    Puts Thor into deep shame

    12 months agoby @therealGokuFlag

  13. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I'll be seeing this film tomorrow. It BETTER be worth the thumbs up.

    12 months agoby @redcameramanFlag

  14. TheDude1

    Best Marvel film. Better than even the Avengers. Amazing film.

    12 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. Brizzy

    Well deserved, great movie.

    12 months agoby @BrizzyFlag

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