'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. 27 - Sun, Aug. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Takers$20,512,304--2,206--$9,298$20,512,3041Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$20,366,613--2,874--$7,087$20,366,6131Lionsgate
3The Expendables$9,527,937-44%3,398128$2,804$82,040,1833Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$6,815,555-44%3,10826$2,193$60,531,3263Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$6,285,712-38%3,181-291$1,976$99,018,1724Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$5,221,780-57%3,2330$1,615$27,834,2562Fox
7Inception$4,876,356-38%2,070-331$2,356$270,519,9207Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$4,714,215-44%2,79814$1,685$16,991,2852Universal
9The Switch (2010)$4,583,481-46%2,0175$2,272$16,410,0092Miramax
10Piranha 3D$4,302,878-57%2,49121$1,727$18,266,8892Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$3,854,303-64%1,9730$1,954$17,284,6412Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$2,859,680-39%1,833-403$1,560$236,276,0858Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$2,505,555-52%1,566-1254$1,600$26,166,9453Universal
14Salt$1,883,890-25%1,168-626$1,613$113,260,6446Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$1,779,540-49%1,501-648$1,186$69,204,3725Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

2Get Low$1,640,176130%570424$2,878$3,633,4515Sony Pictures Classics
3Step Up 3D$1,227,816-61%901-691$1,363$39,715,3044Disney
4Toy Story 3$1,010,710-34%600-130$1,685$405,659,22111Disney
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$675,231-60%823-757$820$41,279,2445Warner Bros.
6The Kids Are All Right$522,172-36%342-62$1,527$19,149,7018Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$514,653-9%476-81$1,081$298,027,7529Summit
8The Last Airbender$418,754122%30683$1,368$130,590,2569Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$320,050-21%354-34$904$24,817,3556Fox
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$296,518-21%1765$1,685$6,184,3268Music Box
11Grown Ups$267,350-37%263-161$1,017$159,372,00610Sony / Columbia
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$264,319-44%312-160$847$61,075,2787Disney
13Hubble 3D$263,530-25%1510$1,745$14,558,69124Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Karate Kid (2010)$248,539-34%255-59$975$175,908,76312Sony / Columbia
15Charlie St. Cloud$213,100-55%333-314$640$30,749,8755Universal
16Shrek Forever After$192,638-31%207-25$931$238,053,79015Paramount / DreamWorks
17Knight and Day$182,311-30%229-48$796$75,986,16410Fox
19Winter's Bone$140,868-34%117-13$1,204$5,426,06412Roadside Attractions
20Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$106,901-39%157-29$681$90,586,62314Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$299,69150%7542$3,996$1,193,8132Samuel Goldwyn
2Nick Saban: Gamechanger$188,786--26--$7,261$188,7861Flashlight
3Cairo Time$182,40938%4817$3,800$604,7384IFC
4Mesrine: Killer Instinct$152,873--28--$5,460$152,8731Music Box
5Animal Kingdom$123,59422%3917$3,169$372,5113Sony Pictures Classics
6What If...$97,91897%5532$1,780$162,7682Five & Two Pictures
7Flipped$70,38842%26-3$2,707$671,1094Warner Bros.
8The A-Team$66,992-38%92-59$728$77,096,45912Fox
9I Am Love$64,776-42%52-31$1,246$4,535,78611Magnolia
10Peepli Live$60,265-63%45-25$1,339$704,7743UTV Communications
11Under the Sea 3D$54,107-27%160$3,382$23,983,85981Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Concert$52,199-2%200$2,610$370,2816Weinstein Company
13The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,060-7%214$2,431$349,3624National Geographic
15Restrepo$40,812-31%37-7$1,103$1,123,81810National Geographic
17Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$36,221-36%21-6$1,725$447,8026NeoClassics
18The Tillman Story$31,670-39%51$6,334$108,0852Weinstein Company
19Please Give$29,840141%4527$663$4,010,32018Sony Pictures Classics
20Lebanon$28,016-18%14-1$2,001$143,14046Sony Pictures Classics
21The Extra Man$26,107-57%24-9$1,088$334,6645Magnolia
22The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$22,580-46%29-12$779$9,980,95624Music Box
23A Film Unfinished$20,296-40%51$4,059$91,4982Oscilloscope
24La Soga$16,988-53%12-8$1,416$144,43237-57 Releasing
25Cyrus$16,261-52%32-24$508$7,353,11511Fox Searchlight
26Change of Plans$15,378--2--$7,689$15,3781IFC
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,339-63%28-19$548$1,594,53312Sony Pictures Classics
28Life During Wartime$14,348-24%14-1$1,025$242,5916IFC
29Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,781-42%51$2,756$173,3146Arthouse Films
30Exit Through the Gift Shop$12,769-34%9-1$1,419$3,200,41420Producers Distribution Agency
31Soul Kitchen$12,224-42%97$1,358$44,3882IFC
32Solitary Man$10,881-44%190$573$4,313,17815Anchor Bay
33The Disappearance of Alice Creed$10,506-32%7-1$1,501$129,2014Anchor Bay
34Date Night$10,205-32%13-10$785$98,700,49421Fox
35Mademoiselle Chambon$8,970-34%11-1$815$307,42014Lorber
36Micmacs$8,6982%13-11$669$1,187,75114Sony Classics
37Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$8,107-60%12-18$676$2,905,49012IFC
38The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$7,497-20%134$577$6,330,41120Sony Pictures Classics
39Winnebago Man$7,447-35%70$1,064$131,7008Kino International
41Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,314-37%10-9$631$351,73110Sony Pictures Classics
42Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$4,980-49%10$4,980$43,78311The Film Desk
43The Nature of Existence$4,5271886%21$2,264$42,51811Walking Shadows
44Army of Crime$4,367-46%2-1$2,184$19,0212Lorber
45Patrik, Age 1.5$4,275-76%4-5$1,069$50,9904Here Films
47Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,228-60%4-2$1,057$283,62714Rialto
48Circle$3,926--2--$1,963$3,9261Indican Pictures
49Around a Small Mountain$3,604--3--$1,201$24,5578Cinema Guild
50The People I've Slept With$3,437--1--$3,437$11,1383People Pictures
51Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,969-68%2-3$985$669,81324Zeitgeist
52The Milk of Sorrow$1,914--1--$1,914$1,9141Olive Films
53The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,702--21--$81$97,55821International Film Circuit
54Mother and Child$1,665-21%4-9$416$1,098,39617Sony Pictures Classics
55Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,453820%10$1,453$47,30410Kino International
56Daniel and Ana$1,400--1--$1,400$1,4001Strand
57The Sicilian Girl$1,37818%31$459$21,0334Music Box
58The Law$1,21410%10$1,214$17,35110Oscilloscope
59Orlando (2010 re-issue)$1,07939%3-2$360$55,4126Sony Pictures Classics
61Princess Kaiulani$1,045-10%10$1,045$871,86916Roadside Attractions
62Countdown to Zero$1,011-83%4-2$253$251,7286Magnolia
63Stonewall Uprising$732632%10$732$119,40711First Run Features
64City Island$649-63%1-3$649$6,670,71224Anchor Bay
65Tales From Earthsea$589-94%1-4$589$48,0433Disney
66Spoken Word$516-81%2-1$258$23,7466Variance
67Crude$499--1--$499$170,29551First Run
68Kings of the Evening$350-35%10$350$98,68229Indican Pictures
69Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$250-79%10$250$348,29017Kino International
70Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$66,90113Indican Pictures
71Everyone Else$160-91%10$160$92,85963Cinema Guild