The current box office champion is still riding high at the box office but some birds are flying by to drop in on the party.
"Rio 2" and its legion of fans will try to spoil another win for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
That will not be easy simply because of the numbers. "Captain America" was so solid last weekend that even a 50 percent drop puts it high and mighty. But, "Rio 2" can hit the $40-50 million mark. If this plays out it should be a happy one at the turnstiles all around. The wide gap that separated one and two last weekend will not be happening this time around.
"Rio 2" has plenty of star power in voice which includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan and Kristin Chenoweth. But, how many kids and parents will go just because one of those stars are a voice character? It is nice work but the kids are there for the animation and the animals. The parents are taking them.
It looks like the theater count will be about even for "Rio 2" and "Captain America" as well.
1. "Rio 2" - 3,948 theaters
3. "Draft Day" - 2,781 theaters
4. "Oculus" - 2,648 theaters
5. "Cuban Fury" - 79 theaters
6. "Joe" - 48 theaters
7. "Only Lovers Left Alive" - 4 theaters
8. "The Railway Man" - 4 theaters
One thing for sure is the competition will not involve "Draft Day" and "Oculus." They will have their own battle between themselves to see where they will end. They fight for third and beyond only.
Kevin Costner heads up "Draft Day." He heads into another sports film and taps in to the popularity of that day, at least to certain parts of American society. Well, that day is televised. But, a whole film about picking players? Time to add in some unneeded drama and intrigue. Jennifer Garner also stars.
"Oculus" doesn't and will not get the luxury often offered many horror movies and that is hardly any competition in its first weekend. It has plenty and it will hurt this one, good or not. Two sibling seek to find the answer to their parents murder, and proclaim the innocence of the son. They will need help from a mirror.
"Joe" stars Nicolas Cage, who jumps back to his indie days. Some films are designed to ignite a spark to the past and to help relaunch a career. Can it do that for Cage? Set in the south, "Joe" finds himself a protector of a kid, played by Tye Sheridan.
Two very limited releases come with "Only Lovers Left Alive" and "The Railway Man." The latter is from The Weinstein Company, who know something about limited releases and spreading the word. Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth star in the movie based on the autobiography of the same name. "Only Lovers Left Alive" is a vampire tale.