IGNORE - Captain America holds off Rio atop US box office

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Captain America: The Winter Soldier held off a strong debut by Rio 2 at North America's box office, muscling out the wild menagerie to retain top spot, data showed on Monday.

The latest big-screen blockbuster featuring the iconic Marvel superhero took in US$41.3 million over the weekend, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The performance kept it just ahead of another sequel, animated children's movie Rio 2, a follow-up to the 2011 hit about a family of blue macaw parrots.

The movie, which features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway in the lead roles, took in $39.3 million during its debut.

In third spot in its first weekend out was horror film "Oculus," about an antique mirror possessed with evil spirits. It garnered $12 million.

Kevin Costner's latest big-screen appearance - sports drama "Draft Day" - made fourth place.

The film, which sees Costner playing an American football team's general manager on the day of the NFL draft, picked up $9.8 million.

Sinking from second to fifth spot was biblical epic "Noah," starring Russell Crowe, which earned $7.6 million.

"Divergent," the dystopian tale of a young woman in a futuristic society, based on the popular young adult novel by the same name, reeled in $7.4 million for sixth place.

The religiously themed "God's Not Dead," which tells the story of a college freshman who debates his atheist philosophy professor, dropped to seventh with $5.5 million.

Wes Anderson's quirky comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which took $4.1 million, slipped two places to eighth.

Rounding out the top 10 were "Muppets Most Wanted" with $2.3 million and animated children's film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle," with $1.9 million.