'Captain America 2' Still #1 with $26.6M; 'Heaven is for Real' Breaks Out with $21.5M; 'Transcendence' BombsApril 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in an estimated $26.61 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Marvel is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone on Sunday, making it the second release of 2014 to reach the milestone (The LEGO Movie being the first). Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 36 percent from last weekend, which indicates that strong word of mouth is really starting to kick in for the film. With a 17-day take of $201.53 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now running 20 percent ahead of the $167.92 million 17-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World and will soon surpass that film's final domestic gross of $206.36 million.

Fox's Rio 2 held steady in second place with an estimated $22.5 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 43 percent from last weekend. That represented a harsher second weekend decline than 2011's Rio experienced, when it fell 33 percent to gross $26.32 million. Rio 2 has grossed $75.36 million through ten days of release. That is 7 percent softer than the $80.81 million ten-day take of Rio, but Rio 2 is still performing well in its own right, especially when considering its strength overseas. With the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 is likely to stabilize going forward.

Heaven is for Real exceeded its rapidly rising expectations this weekend with an estimated third place start of $21.5 million. The low-budget faith-based drama from Sony has grossed $28.53 million in its first five days of release. With a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.33 to 1, Heaven is for Real clearly built up momentum once the weekend arrived, as moviegoers were in the mood to catch the film over Easter weekend. The five-day start for Heaven is for Real was an impressive 12 percent stronger than the $25.39 million five-day launch of The Last Song over Easter weekend back in 2010.

Heaven is for Real took in $7.85 million on Good Friday, increased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $8.26 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to gross $5.39 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.74 to 1 is extremely strong for a faith-based film over Easter weekend and is a good early sign going forward. The film's A rating on CinemaScore is also a strong sign for the film. The audience breakdown for Heaven is for Real skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (62 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 35 years and older (51 percent).

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Warner's Transcendence bombed this weekend with an estimated fourth place start of just $11.15 million. The pricey sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp had been widely expected to get off to a lackluster start this weekend, but the film was ultimately unable to live up to its relatively modest expectations for a film of its cost. Clearly, the film's largely negative critical reviews didn't help matters this weekend. The opening weekend performance of Transcendence was quite similar to the $11.59 million launch of Grindhouse over Easter weekend back in 2007.

Transcendence opened with $4.85 million on Friday (with an alarmingly high $850,000 of that total coming from Thursday night shows), fell a harsh 21 percent on Saturday to take in $3.82 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.30 to 1 is soft for a film aimed at adult audiences over Easter weekend. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (56 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Transcendence looks to fade away from theatres quickly, especially with it having received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Also off to a lackluster start this weekend was Open Road's A Haunted House 2. The low-budget horror comedy sequel starring Marlon Wayans debuted in fifth with an estimated $9.1 million. That was below pre-release expectations and was a disappointing 50 percent softer than the $18.10 million start of last year's A Haunted House. A Haunted House 2 opened with $4.04 million on Friday, fell 25 percent to take in $3.03 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.03 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.25 to 1. A Haunted House 2 received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore and is extremely likely to be front-loaded towards its opening weekend performance.

The weekend's other new wide release, Bears, debuted in eleventh with an estimated $4.77 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature opened softer than was widely anticipated and 20 percent below the $6.00 million start of African Cats over Easter weekend back in 2011. However, it should be noted that African Cats did have the added advantage of having Earth Day fall on its opening Friday. With Earth Day falling this coming Tuesday, Bears is likely to hold up nicely during the midweek. The film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 6 - Sun, Aug. 8

Wide (1000+)

1The Other Guys$35,543,162--3,651--$9,735$35,543,1621Sony / Columbia
2Inception$18,505,470-33%3,418-127$5,414$227,637,5694Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$15,812,311--2,435--$6,494$15,812,3111Disney
4Salt$10,908,204-44%3,317-295$3,289$91,788,3453Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$10,375,397-56%3,00493$3,454$46,620,9492Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$9,283,360-40%3,413-189$2,720$209,287,3455Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,902,116-44%3,7050$1,863$26,428,2662Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$4,700,490-62%2,7257$1,725$23,496,6202Universal
9Toy Story 3$3,119,088-39%1,714-391$1,820$396,387,3428Disney
10Grown Ups$2,407,379-47%1,769-500$1,361$155,670,6037Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,361,228-47%1,766-758$1,337$57,062,8454Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,290,262-43%1,704-630$1,344$293,101,8706Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$1,617,123-56%1,478-1241$1,094$21,068,7833Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Kids Are All Right$2,597,177-26%994147$2,613$14,040,1825Focus
2The Last Airbender$704,653-61%639-599$1,103$128,971,0206Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$612,6923%442-19$1,386$173,883,7029Sony / Columbia
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$471,459-13%1784$2,649$4,562,8225Music Box
6Shrek Forever After$434,225-24%308-22$1,410$236,554,02512Paramount / DreamWorks
7Middle Men$325,641--252--$1,292$325,6411Paramount
8Knight and Day$310,745-56%336-495$925$74,855,0467Fox
9Winter's Bone$296,753-4%1412$2,105$4,479,0039Roadside Attractions
10I Am Love$198,874-4%113-12$1,760$3,935,0158Magnolia
11Iron Man 2$193,515-36%224-62$864$311,806,18114Paramount
12The A-Team$190,099-28%241-41$789$76,524,1689Fox
13Twelve$110,238--231--$477$110,2381Hannover House
16Cyrus$100,172-55%132-84$759$7,138,8978Fox Searchlight
17Sex and the City 2$78,013177%200158$390$95,239,39711Warner Bros. / New Line
18Get Him to the Greek$71,515-48%110-45$650$60,923,32510Universal
19Letters to Juliet$60,959-47%103-70$592$52,897,30313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$285,437-2%530$5,386$12,802,28521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$224,233--45--$4,983$224,2331Warner Bros.
3Get Low$219,124148%2622$8,428$350,3362Sony Pictures Classics
4Restrepo$108,87845%4913$2,222$811,7067National Geographic
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$71,520-24%9-65$7,947$1,374,8699Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$67,848--12--$5,654$67,8481National Geographic
7Cairo Time$66,245--5--$13,249$66,2451IFC
8The Concert$66,177204%1917$3,483$102,4933Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$63,851-17%130$4,912$23,487,05878Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$52,296-32%73-10$716$2,770,3309IFC
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$49,680-41%68-22$731$89,836,59411Disney
12Solitary Man$47,201-17%45-18$1,049$4,211,85612Anchor Bay
13The Extra Man$46,285145%108$4,629$77,4412Magnolia
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$43,106-24%43-14$1,002$9,812,29121Music Box
1671: Into the Fire$40,640-47%14-6$2,903$156,9882JS Media
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40,258--10--$4,026$40,2581Anchor Bay
18Life During Wartime$36,89420%1812$2,050$129,4213IFC
19The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$31,316-22%28-13$1,118$6,261,68117Sony Pictures Classics
20Date Night$29,879-50%46-30$650$98,608,43018Fox
21Countdown to Zero$26,078-77%281$931$221,7813Magnolia
22Please Give$21,845-4%30-5$728$3,923,51915Sony Pictures Classics
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,8646%12-2$1,739$3,114,88417Producers Distribution Agency
24Micmacs$20,69811%312$668$1,126,82711Sony Classics
25Lebanon$17,145--2--$8,573$17,14543Sony Pictures Classics
26Jonah Hex$16,074-56%25-58$643$10,539,4148Warner Bros.
27Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,8546%8-6$1,732$312,5507Sony Pictures Classics
28Winnebago Man$13,38120%101$1,338$90,5475Kino International
29Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,065266%4032$327$63,980,77921Fox
30Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$12,557-27%32$4,186$89,7053Arthouse Films
33Mademoiselle Chambon$10,153-49%71$1,450$261,68911Lorber
34Grease Sing-a-Long$8,630-77%21-12$411$305,2605Paramount
35The Killer Inside Me$7,849-9%111$714$207,4878IFC Films
36Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,474218%53$1,495$640,65021Zeitgeist
37Harry Brown$7,260--10--$726$1,818,68115Samuel Goldwyn
38Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,992460%54$1,398$319,72914Kino International
40The Sicilian Girl$5,922--1--$5,922$9,0541Music Box
41Khatta Meetha$5,423-94%830$65$541,9043Eros
42Mother and Child$5,4015%8-2$675$1,078,15514Sony Pictures Classics
43Orlando (2010 re-issue)$5,059-32%2-1$2,530$38,3723Sony Pictures Classics
44Let It Rain$5,02319%60$837$106,0938IFC
45City Island$4,965-32%7-8$709$6,655,82921Anchor Bay
46Patrik, Age 1.5$4,724--2--$2,362$4,7241Here Films
47The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,633127%21$2,317$94,94018International Film Circuit
48The Nature of Existence$4,250-2%31$1,417$34,0278Walking Shadows
49Enemies of the People$3,43551%21$1,718$7,7942International Film Circuit
50Stonewall Uprising$3,23193%31$1,077$114,8568First Run Features
51The City of Your Final Destination$3,132-60%4-9$783$488,93517Screen Media Films
52Spring Fever$2,689--2--$1,345$4,69410Strand
53Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,575-14%30$858$23,272,754149National Geographic
54Lbs.$2,565--1--$2,565$29,86620Truly Indie
55Brotherhood (2009)$2,431--1--$2,431$2,4311Olive Films
56To the Sea$2,399-50%31$800$27,7634Film Movement
57Kings of the Evening$1,976-26%1-2$1,976$96,06826Indican Pictures
58[REC] 2$1,922-34%2-3$961$27,0245Magnolia
59U2 3D$1,879-47%1-1$1,879$10,353,690133National Geographic
60Spoken Word$1,853-57%1-3$1,853$10,4603Variance
61Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,302-55%1-1$1,302$64,78210Indican Pictures
62Cropsey$1,261--3--$420$42,39310Cinema Purgatorio
63The Oxford Murders$1,191--1--$1,191$1,1911Magnolia
64Princess Kaiulani$1,18882%1-1$1,188$861,54713Roadside Attractions
65Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,019--2--$510$24,46013Cinema Purgatorio
66Ajami$1,018--1--$1,018$616,99247Kino International
67La Mission$624-80%2-4$312$1,062,94118Screen Media
68Behind the Burly Q$507--1--$507$20,10816First Run Features