The family film from Blue Sky Studios rolled up an impressive $62.3 million from 62 markets, beating out the $60.6 million that Disney’s Marvel superhero sequel ran up in 54 territories.
The narrow win overseas was the reverse of the North American results, where “The Winter Soldier” narrowly beat out “Rio 2.”
Mexico ($8.7 million), France ($4.6 million) and the U.K. ($2.9 million) also helped the sequel top the numbers put up by the original in comparable markets. That’s significant, because the first “Rio” was a hit overseas, with more $340 million.
The big second weekend by “The Winter Soldier” raised its overall foreign total to $317.7 million, well past the final hauls of “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($194 million), “Iron Man” ($267 million), “Thor” ($268 million) and “Iron Man 2” ($312 million).
Paramount’s Biblical epic “Noah” was the third-ranking movie overseas, with $36.2 million from 53 markets. That raises the international total for Darren Aronofsky‘s Old Testament tale to $162 million.
The teen sci-fi tale “Divergent” had its biggest weekend abroad, bringing in $23.2 million from 63 markets to raise its foreign total to $50.3 million and its worldwide haul to $175.1 million. It opened with $3.2 million and claimed the top spot in Russia.