'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, Feb. 18 - Sun, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Unknown (2011)$21,856,389--3,043--$7,183$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$19,449,893--3,154--$6,167$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
3Gnomeo and Juliet$19,154,010-24%3,01420$6,355$50,174,5422Disney
4Just Go With It$18,478,226-39%3,5480$5,208$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$16,300,803--2,821--$5,778$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,307,933-55%3,11813$4,268$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$6,529,530-10%2,086-177$3,130$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$3,909,742-52%2,160-374$1,810$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$3,645,485-58%2,2960$1,588$15,152,6832Focus
10No Strings Attached$3,080,033-47%1,966-790$1,567$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$2,410,521-36%1,465-607$1,645$164,128,0249Paramount
13The Green Hornet$1,524,622-59%1,265-825$1,205$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$1,130,106-65%1,048-1159$1,078$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Fighter$1,567,302-28%759-290$2,065$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,788-37%656-413$2,024$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$1,003,330-69%952-934$1,054$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$910,448201%10287$8,926$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Barney's Version$746,69971%322212$2,319$4,465,1366Sony Pictures Classics
7Biutiful$521,607-10%156-35$3,344$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
8Yogi Bear$464,644-40%725-386$641$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
9TRON: Legacy$452,223-18%312-52$1,449$170,441,51110Disney
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$359,045-23%321-88$1,119$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
11Blue Valentine (2010)$330,177-44%235-158$1,405$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$319,559-43%240-119$1,331$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$298,984-42%242-35$1,235$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,1180%264-29$1,084$103,373,05111Fox
15Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$284,284-5%10813$2,632$722,4942Shorts International
16Megamind$272,032-16%214-38$1,271$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
17Little Fockers$266,470-23%285-139$935$147,635,6609Universal
18Another Year$206,934-37%121-53$1,710$2,487,9128Sony Pictures Classics
19The Tourist$202,309154%224124$903$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$190,367-11%235-73$810$42,174,2759Fox
21The Illusionist (2010)$188,494-38%106-100$1,778$1,467,7899Sony Pictures Classics
22The Dilemma$176,660-83%293-949$603$48,221,7406Universal
23From Prada to Nada$93,155-70%128-124$728$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
24The Social Network$88,432-34%113-65$783$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
25Unstoppable (2010)$68,105-38%105-42$649$81,468,67015Fox
26Season of the Witch$33,293-65%132-44$252$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$187,41022%52-1$3,604$21,972,94749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$164,153--65--$2,525$164,1531UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$74,07131%182$4,115$27,157,983106Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$56,680-34%78-34$727$1,974,84210Lionsgate
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$53,730--8--$6,716$53,7301Vitagraph
6The Last Lions$53,344--4--$13,336$53,3441National Geographic
7Space Station 3D$39,30488%51$7,861$82,809,201462IMAX
8Somewhere (2010)$33,566-7%29-3$1,157$1,723,5229Focus
9Inside Job$23,523-12%24-5$980$3,969,89120Sony Pictures Classics
10Poetry$17,832-6%30$5,944$46,2152Kino International
11Winter's Bone$17,713-8%20-6$886$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
12Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$16,12324%21$8,062$34,1942Phase 4 Films
13The Way Back$14,912-62%15-22$994$2,673,8545Newmarket Films
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$14,704198%60$2,451$87,4255IFC Films
15Immigration Tango$14,432--30--$481$14,4321Roadside Attractions
17Kaboom$11,53565%61$1,923$64,0214IFC Films
18Casino Jack$10,460-31%12-3$872$949,38410IDP/ATO Pictures
19Made in Dagenham$8,906-51%15-14$594$1,017,24614Sony Pictures Classics
20Cold Weather$8,548-34%31$2,849$46,1993IFC Films
21Brotherhood (2010)$7,873--1--$7,873$7,8731Phase 4 Films
22Carancho$7,296-54%4-1$1,824$30,3782Strand Releasing
23Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$7,187-66%7-6$1,027$167,7384Variance Films
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,857611%32$2,286$90,7847First Run Features
25What Women Want (2011)$5,523-73%3-18$1,841$117,8933China Lion Film
26Waste Land$5,351-17%4-2$1,338$154,23517Arthouse Films
27I Love You Phillip Morris$5,101-46%9-14$567$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions
28Putty Hill$4,868--1--$4,868$4,8681Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$4,757-65%40$1,189$593,15719CanZion Films
30Orgasm Inc.$4,399-50%32$1,466$18,5012First Run Features
31When We Leave (Die Fremde)$4,028180%10$4,028$18,9184Olive Films
32All Good Things$3,662-13%40$916$537,34212Magnolia Pictures
33Zero Bridge$3,304--1--$3,304$4,6211The Film Desk
34The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,011--1--$3,011$146,01946International Film Circuit
35The Other Woman (2011)$2,982328%53$596$14,0893IFC
36Vanishing on 7th Street$2,898--1--$2,898$2,8981Magnolia / Magnet
37Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$2,605-42%1-1$2,605$87,1549Saint Juste International
38Tiny Furniture$2,513-49%6-2$419$389,33415IFC
39Enemies of the People$2,400170%42$600$65,26330International Film Circuit
40Bhutto$1,941-8%32$647$86,49112First Run Features
41Four Lions$1,90947%63$318$303,82416Drafthouse Films
42Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$1,667-72%2-2$834$408,13319Zeitgeist Films
43Every Day$1,566-37%20$783$30,6486Image Entertainment
44My Dog Tulip$1,550-29%10$1,550$208,96525New Yorker Films
45Now & Later$1,516--1--$1,516$1,5161Cinema Libre
46Marwencol$1,516-19%31$505$97,23720Cinema Guild
47The Time That Remains$1,362-47%20$681$31,7887IFC
48What If...$1,272-42%1-1$1,272$814,34827Five & Two Pictures
49Kings of Pastry$1,25736%10$1,257$311,95323First Run
50The Strange Case of Angelica$1,134-16%10$1,134$36,7308Cinema Guild
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,048-12%10$1,048$18,0306Kino International
52The Tempest$84438%30$281$277,51511Disney
53The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$844-66%2-4$422$5,188,92417Music Box
54Get Low$793-88%4-15$198$9,176,46930Sony Pictures Classics
55Night Catches Us$724-10%42$181$75,34312Magnolia
56Tamara Drewe$71246%42$178$559,55620Sony Pictures Classics
57Animal Kingdom$450-74%20$225$1,041,08228Sony Pictures Classics
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$339-91%1-4$339$105,16835Kino International
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$322-9%10$322$551,53126Music Box
60Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$252-55%21$126$66,04317Variance Films
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$137--1--$137$10,095,17049Music Box
62Nenette$120-35%10$120$14,2279Kino International