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2014-04-13 20:55

Los Angeles - Superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier maintained the top rank at the North American box office this weekend, estimates showed on Sunday.

The latest big-screen blockbuster featuring the iconic Marvel superhero took in $41.4m, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The performance held off 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 $39m during its debut.

In third spot was another debutante, horror film Oculus, about an antique mirror possessed with evil spirits. It garnered $12m.

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 $9.75m.

In fifth spot was Divergent, the dystopian tale of a young woman in a futuristic society, based on the popular young adult novel by the same name. The movie reeled in $7.5m.

Biblical epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe, sank to sixth place with $7.45m.

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 $5.5m.

Wes Anderson's quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, which took $4m, slipped two places to eighth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Muppets Most Wanted with $2.2m and animated children's film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle, with $1.8m.

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