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Captain America, Rio bring early summer heat to Hollywood

Published on Apr 28, 2014 6:14 AM
 
Cinema still: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hollywood is remaking one of its most cherished traditions: the summer blockbuster. -- FILE PHOTO: DISNEY

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Hollywood is remaking one of its most cherished traditions: the summer blockbuster.

Unlike last year, when every summer weekend seemed to bring one or more mega-budget films, this year studios have spread out their most expensive entries for the warm weather months that traditionally make up roughly 40 per cent of annual ticket sales.

This year, the parade of super heroes, animated films and big-budget sequels started two months earlier, in March instead of May.

So far, moviegoers are lining up. Six films released since March 7 have passed or are nearing US$100 million (S$126 million) in United States (US) and Canadian ticket sales, according to tracking firm Rentrak. Walt Disney Co's Captain America: The Winter Soldier has collected US$225 million so far. Divergent from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp has earned US$139 million, and Fox's Rio 2 has grossed US$96 million.

 
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