'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. 13 - Sun, Aug. 15

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables$34,825,135--3,270--$10,650$34,825,1351Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$23,104,523--3,082--$7,497$23,104,5231Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$17,408,501-51%3,6510$4,768$69,951,8222Sony / Columbia
4Inception$11,285,051-39%3,120-298$3,617$248,469,4825Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$10,609,795--2,818--$3,765$10,609,7951Universal
6Despicable Me$6,971,355-25%2,923-490$2,385$222,197,3906Universal
7Step Up 3D$6,905,201-56%2,4394$2,831$29,844,4222Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$6,285,179-39%3,04642$2,063$58,785,5473Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$6,219,502-43%2,834-483$2,195$103,438,2734Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,190,426-39%2,728-977$1,536$35,218,9373Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$2,222,731-29%1,219-495$1,823$400,824,8269Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$2,113,930-55%2,083-642$1,015$28,758,4603Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,279,650-44%1,212-492$1,056$295,842,4447Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Kids Are All Right$1,352,585-48%830-164$1,630$16,721,3916Focus
2Grown Ups$1,140,893-53%968-801$1,179$158,054,5908Sony / Columbia
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,120,604-53%989-777$1,133$59,538,7645Disney
4Ramona and Beezus$833,589-48%632-846$1,319$23,335,2734Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$518,156-15%372-70$1,393$174,861,44710Sony / Columbia
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$364,484-23%166-12$2,196$5,188,6196Music Box
7Shrek Forever After$360,227-17%254-54$1,418$237,235,93613Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Airbender$358,798-49%364-275$986$129,703,6037Paramount
10Knight and Day$260,761-16%310-26$841$75,289,3898Fox
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$229,847363%202134$1,138$90,100,57812Disney
12Winter's Bone$217,007-27%136-5$1,596$4,855,34010Roadside Attractions
13The A-Team$146,424-23%204-37$718$76,793,40110Fox
14I Am Love$139,904-30%102-11$1,372$4,195,0319Magnolia
15Iron Man 2$126,878-34%178-46$713$312,057,43315Paramount
17Middle Men$96,198-70%2520$382$639,4142Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Get Low$376,78172%5327$7,109$826,0133Sony Pictures Classics
2Peepli Live$350,054--64--$5,470$350,0541UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$278,143-3%541$5,151$13,404,24622Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$119,310-47%44-1$2,712$448,5142Warner Bros.
5Under the Sea 3D$81,41328%163$5,088$23,672,59279Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cairo Time$79,03519%1611$4,940$184,5972IFC
7Restrepo$73,442-33%523$1,412$950,0318National Geographic
8The Extra Man$72,11956%3121$2,326$173,1833Magnolia
9Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$64,623-10%6657$979$1,477,71210Sony Pictures Classics
10The Concert$56,883-14%190$2,994$199,0954Weinstein Company
11La Soga$52,554--11--$4,778$52,55417-57 Releasing
12The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,640-24%142$3,689$182,3682National Geographic
13Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$50,977--24--$2,124$309,2624NeoClassics
14Cyrus$50,717-49%84-48$604$7,252,6859Fox Searchlight
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$35,884-17%40-3$897$9,872,88022Music Box
17Letters to Juliet$32,374-47%61-42$531$52,979,56714Summit
18Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$30,901-41%43-30$719$2,835,35810IFC
19Life During Wartime$26,306-29%202$1,315$180,7614IFC
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$25,582-36%122$2,132$82,0432Anchor Bay
21Sex and the City 2$24,677-68%81-119$305$95,328,93712Warner Bros. / New Line
22Date Night$24,387-18%33-13$739$98,656,33519Fox
23Solitary Man$22,314-53%28-17$797$4,258,25913Anchor Bay
24Exit Through the Gift Shop$21,7174%131$1,671$3,150,06818Producers Distribution Agency
25Tales From Earthsea$20,614--5--$4,123$20,6141Disney
26Please Give$18,488-15%23-7$804$3,951,07916Sony Pictures Classics
27Lebanon$17,3011%31$5,767$48,35244Sony Pictures Classics
28Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$16,765140%61$2,794$344,52715Kino International
29The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$15,455-51%15-13$1,030$6,297,62518Sony Pictures Classics
30Micmacs$14,287-31%24-7$595$1,150,74412Sony Classics
31Mother and Child$8,69661%157$580$1,088,14115Sony Pictures Classics
32Patrik, Age 1.5$8,50980%53$1,702$16,4382Here Films
33Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$8,363-33%2-1$4,182$109,3654Arthouse Films
34Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,886-43%2113$376$324,5928Sony Pictures Classics
35Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,278-44%3-37$2,426$64,001,29722Fox
36Mademoiselle Chambon$6,998-31%70$1,000$275,20012Lorber
37Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,764-9%4-1$1,691$650,79922Zeitgeist
38Orlando (2010 re-issue)$6,44827%42$1,612$48,3954Sony Pictures Classics
39Countdown to Zero$6,037-77%10-18$604$240,3144Magnolia
40Spoken Word$5,852216%43$1,463$17,1054Variance
41Salt of This Sea$4,973--1--$4,973$4,9731
42Winnebago Man$4,914-63%7-3$702$103,6386Kino International
43Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$4,645--1--$4,645$4,6451First Run Features
44The Sicilian Girl$4,398-26%10$4,398$16,4002Music Box
45Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,113--2--$2,057$258,74912Rialto
46The People I've Slept With$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161People Pictures
48Twelve$3,437-97%12-219$286$181,5912Hannover House
49Princess Kaiulani$3,231172%32$1,077$866,35814Roadside Attractions
50Everyone Else$2,931--2--$1,466$88,61261Cinema Guild
51The City of Your Final Destination$2,829-10%73$404$493,29618Screen Media Films
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,6844%30$895$23,278,848150National Geographic
53City Island$2,394-52%81$299$6,665,81122Anchor Bay
54The Killer Inside Me$2,272-71%5-6$454$214,9669IFC Films
56Spring Fever$1,693-37%1-1$1,693$8,76811Strand
57U2 3D$1,569-16%10$1,569$10,357,859134National Geographic
58The Oxford Murders$1,51527%21$758$3,6072Magnolia
59The Nature of Existence$1,125-74%1-2$1,125$36,8859Walking Shadows
60The Law$1,097--1--$1,097$14,0018Oscilloscope
61Brotherhood (2009)$955-61%10$955$5,3702Olive Films
62Only When I Dance$933--1--$933$6,3157Film Movement
63Mugabe and the White African$854--1--$854$4,5424First Run
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$772--2--$386$45,5268Kino International
65To the Sea$711-70%1-2$711$30,0405Film Movement
66Holy Rollers$707--1--$707$302,25829First Independent Pictures
67Stonewall Uprising$695-78%2-1$348$118,1559First Run Features
68Kings of the Evening$599-70%10$599$97,12527Indican Pictures
69OSS 117: Lost in Rio$557--1--$557$88,82270Music Box
70Ajami$477-53%10$477$619,12348Kino International
71Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$450-65%10$450$65,77011Indican Pictures