In the first true horse race of the year, the family-friendly Rio 2 narrowly flew past Captain America: The Winter Soldier to take the Friday top spot. Rio 2, the tropical fantasy about birds, friendship, and primary colors, also beat out its predecessor’s opening numbers. Rio — the first movie I ever took my young daughter to, incidentally — earned $10.2 million when it opened on Friday back in April 2011. This bodes well for the Fox/Blue Sky Studios 3D animated movie’s chances of besting the original’s $39.3 million opening weekend haul.
Captain America, which torched the competition last weekend with $95 million, was forced to settle for a close second with $11.9 million. Meanwhile, the new horror flick Oculus, which scared up $4.9 million, fended off the crinkly-eyed advances of Kevin Costner in his sports flick wheelhouse Draft Day for third place.
Rounding out the Top 5 is the YA chest-and heart-thumper Divergent, which rallied for $2.4 million in its fourth week of release.
Here’s how the Top 5 shook out on Friday:
1. Rio 2 — $12 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $11.9 million
3. Oculus — $4.9 million
4. Draft Day — $3.6 million
5. Divergent — $2.4 million
Check back tomorrow for a full report.