Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
April 7th, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opened with $96,200,000 during the weekend of Friday, April 4, taking top honors at the box office. While trying to adjust to life with S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America encounters a ruthless new enemy. The Winter Soldier wreaks havoc on the organization, leaving the patriotic superhero to clean up the damage. Captain America must also find out the mysterious villain's true identity and motives. The PG-13 rating is due to intense sequences of violence, gun play and action.

Continuing Films

"Noah" fell from top spot, but still earned $17 million during the weekend, bringing total profits to more than $72 million. In a world gone astray, Noah is one of the few men who will still listen to divine messages. It is due to his faithfulness that Noah heeds the warning about a devastating flood that will sweep the planet, leaving death and destruction in its wake. "Noah" has a PG-13 brief suggestive content, violence and disturbing content.

"Divergent" has brought in over $114 million since its debut, including $13 million over the weekend. After teenage Tris takes the required test to learn which faction of society she'll belong to, she discovers that she is actually divergent. Carrying this dangerous secret with her, Tris attempts to lead a normal life, but circumstances soon force Tris to embrace her true strengths. "Divergent" has a PG-13 rating for intense violence and action, sensuality and thematic elements.

"God's Not Dead" saw weekend profits of $7,725,685. The film has brought in over $32 million since its debut. Josh's professor asks the young Christian to agree that God is dead, but Josh refuses to go against his faith. As a result, Josh and the professor enter into a series of insightful and passionate debates to uncover the big questions behind faith, God and religion. The film has a PG rating for brief violence, thematic material and an accident scene. 

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" has earned more than $33 million. This weekend, Wes Anderson's film brought in $6,300,000. Gustave H is one of the most devoted hotel concierges the world has ever known. He's about to land in some serious trouble following the unexpected death of one of his wealthy and elderly patrons. Gustave relies on a lobby boy to be his main confidante. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has an R rating for language, mature content and violence.

"Muppets Most Wanted" brought in $6,285,000, bringing total profits past the $42 million mark. Dominic Badguy promises that his surname is just a coincidence, but in reality, Badguy spells very bad news for the Muppets. Their new tour manager has a secret agenda that involves a dangerous thief, a Siberian gulag and a whole lot of risky heists. Mild action contributes to a PG rating.

Movies to DVD

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives out on DVD on Tuesday, April 8. As the dwarves and Bilbo continue their perilous journey, they encounter new enemies and new allies alike. With Gandalf behaving mysteriously and giant spiders closing in on the party, their final destination seems more distant and more dangerous than ever, but the brave warriors push on. The PG-13 rating is due to extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, as well as to frightening images.

"August: Osage County" features a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch. When the matriarch of a volatile family is dying from cancer, her various family members try to show their support. However, dark secrets and old wounds get in the way of true healing. The R rating is due to drug use and language that includes mature references.

In "Grudge Match," Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone face off against each other in the battle of the century. Razor and The Kid had the whole world watching their rematch, but Razor's unexpected retirement ruined the big fight. Now, the two boxers will reignite an old grudge. "Grudge Match" has a PG-13 rating for mature content, language and sports action violence.

"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" follows a California teenager who accidentally stumbles into the middle of a demonic plot that threatens to destroy life as he knows it. After exploring the apartment of an eccentric neighbor, Jesse starts to experience unexplainable events, all of them leading to a terrifying showdown. The horror movie has an R rating for violence, graphic nudity, language and drug use.

"Justin Bieber's Believe" offers Bieber fans an inside peek into the off-stage and on-stage life of the pop star. Since his meteoric rise to fame, Justin Bieber has had all eyes on him. The documentary highlights both the high points and the challenges of Bieber's fast-paced career as a young performer. Mild thematic material and brief language contribute to a PG rating.