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“Rio 2” Edges “Captain America” at Friday Box Office

Several films debuted at the box office Friday, but only one had the strength to overcome competition from holdover champ “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”

“Rio 2,” that film, narrowly edged the superhero movie to claim first place Friday. Its $12.0 million topped the $11.9 million garnered by “Captain.” As family-oriented films tend to do big business in Saturday matinees, it will likely expand its lead to claim first this weekend.

“Oculus” and “Draft Day,” the other newcomers, followed with $4.9 million and $3.6 million, respectively. “Divergent” followed to complete the top five.

When it comes to reviews, “Rio 2,” interestingly, received the worst crtical marks of the major new releases. Its 50% RT score trails the 71% for “Oculus” and 62% for “Draft Day.”

It predictably dominated with moviegoers, however. Its rare A CinemaScore tops the B+ for “Draft Day” and C for “Oculus.”

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