Cartoons at the box office: “Captain America” throws his mighty shield and yields first place

Captain America: The Winter Soldier“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” easily took the top spot at the box office, as everyone knew it would…the only debate being how much it’d bring in. The numbers are in: Cap’s film brought in $96.2 million dollars. Added to its overseas take of $207.1 million, it has a global take so far of $303.3 million, easily topping its $170 million budget. While I doubt it’ll reach “Avengers” numbers, or even “Iron Man 3” (the name “Captain America” might limit its non-North American appeal somewhat), I’m sure it’ll be one of the year’s top-grossing films easily.

Meanwhile, “Muppets Most Wanted” dropped to sixth place, thanks to various newer films rising (presumably religious fundamentalists are flocking to “God’s Not Dead,” plus a wider release for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), earning $6.3 million for a total of $42.1 million. Globally, it’s earned $52.2 million to date, topping its $50 million budget.

In seventh place, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” finally crossed the $100 million level, earning $5.3 million for a total to date of $102.2 million. Globally, it’s earned $238.7 million, which is on the low end for Dreamworks films, but not bad for an animated film based on a TV cartoon. In that category, Box Office Mojo says “Peabody” is in second place on the all-time list, behind “The Simpsons Movie.” I’m guessing this spinoff from a “Rocky and Bullwinkle” supporting segment won’t reach $150 million domestically, but hopefully it won’t discourage a future all-animated film based on the moose and squirrel themselves.

Next week sees “Rio 2” open domestically. The film’s doing well overseas (as did the first film in 2011), and I’m sure it’ll do well here, too.

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