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Scarlett Johansson is a Box-Office Superheroine

Scarlett Johansson is a Box-Office Superheroine

Scarlett Johansson kicked off the summer-movie season, which seems to begin earlier and earlier every year, on a high note this past weekend.  

Captain America: The Winter Soldier broke April records with a $96.2 million haul, averaging $24,429 per its 3,938 screens. But those boffo numbers still only landed the superhero sequel in second place in terms of screen average. 

Taking the top spot was Under the Skin, which grossed $140,000 on four screens, for a $35,000 average. The sci-fi thriller finds Johansson as an extraterrestrial predator hunting men in the Scottish hinterlands. Under the Skin claims the second-highest limited debut this year behind The Grand Budapest Hotel

Johansson will hopefully follow up her box-office success with Chef (May 9) and Lucy (August 8).

Meanwhile, these numbers should make Marvel take a second pass at that Black Widow movie they keep insisting they won’t do.

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Marvel has an interesting asset with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. Her playing the role of the heavy no nonsense bad cop allows Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Evan's Captain America and even Mark Ruffalo's Incredible Hulk the freedom to be viewed as more sympathetic characters.

With out her, these movies would be as dower and cynical as the Warner Brothers/DC movies.

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