'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, Apr. 8 - Sun, Apr. 10

Wide (1000+)

3Arthur (2011)$12,222,756--3,276--$3,731$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$10,601,862--2,214--$4,789$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
6Your Highness$9,360,020--2,769--$3,380$9,360,0201Universal
7Source Code$8,650,238-42%2,97110$2,912$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$5,461,378-41%2,655-183$2,057$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,770,987-52%2,881-288$1,656$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$4,281,598-37%2,420-287$1,769$46,136,4084Lionsgate
12Sucker Punch$2,102,082-65%1,755-1278$1,198$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
14Battle: Los Angeles$1,528,411-57%1,408-855$1,086$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Jane Eyre (2011)$1,157,935-5%24767$4,688$5,146,6955Focus
2Win Win$1,150,1801%22677$5,089$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
3The Adjustment Bureau$876,960-59%783-742$1,120$60,108,6606Universal
4Born to Be Wild 3D$871,478--206--$4,230$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$588,938--226--$2,606$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Red Riding Hood$511,380-71%777-1011$658$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
7The King's Speech$502,565-56%675-332$745$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
8Unknown (2011)$275,98621%36540$756$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Beastly$271,363-67%339-482$800$27,328,3066CBS Films
10Hall Pass$267,074-65%366-337$730$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
11Just Go With It$265,288-58%320-277$829$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
13Gnomeo and Juliet$211,676-51%284-451$745$97,287,5639Disney
14True Grit (2010)$209,559-29%263-61$797$170,760,87416Paramount
15Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$152,529-24%184-66$829$37,499,0008Fox
16Mars Needs Moms$118,328-66%226-475$524$20,676,0065Disney
17The Green Hornet$102,395-33%161-50$636$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
18I Am Number Four$99,193-50%145-125$684$54,048,5748Disney / DreamWorks
19Cedar Rapids$95,839-54%118-92$812$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
20Drive Angry$59,256288%126104$470$10,655,7997Summit
21Black Swan$51,033-52%103-59$495$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
22Take Me Home Tonight$37,321164%10250$366$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Thank You$247,760--92--$2,693$247,7601UTV Communications
2Of Gods and Men$181,451-17%96-2$1,890$2,749,0937Sony Pictures Classics
3Potiche$138,75724%5531$2,523$421,8443Music Box Films
4Certified Copy$110,412-24%572$1,937$866,8725IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$95,986-28%41-4$2,341$23,980,81256Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bill Cunningham New York$87,50527%183$4,861$417,5764Zeitgeist Films
7Kill the Irishman$85,711-24%52-4$1,648$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$57,576-31%13-1$4,429$2,105,842483D Entertainment
9Miral$55,140-25%2914$1,901$247,1983Weinstein Company
10In a Better World$44,85836%128$3,738$92,1902Sony Pictures Classics
11Barney's Version$43,148-53%67-45$644$7,337,99813Sony Pictures Classics
12Winter in Wartime$38,358105%2414$1,598$126,8724Sony Pictures Classics
13I Am (2011)$38,07011%185$2,115$362,7038Paladin
14Biutiful$37,914-12%38-20$998$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
15Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,669-37%69-44$502$72,742,1379Paramount
16Super$29,000-38%154$1,933$92,1452IFC Films
17Under the Sea 3D$28,517-49%19-3$1,501$28,009,542113Warner Bros. / IMAX
18TRON: Legacy$28,516-49%29-34$983$172,051,78717Disney
19Queen to Play$23,858-15%60$3,976$65,6662Zeitgeist Films
20The Company Men$22,073-27%32-13$690$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
21Trust (2011)$20,218-65%20-8$1,011$104,4042Millennium Entertainment
22Meek's Cutoff$20,042--2--$10,021$20,0421Oscilloscope
23The Last Godfather$19,898-80%20-38$995$156,0782Roadside Attractions
24The Grace Card$19,087-58%39-22$489$2,411,8567IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25The 5th Quarter$17,864--31--$576$399,6113Rocky Mountain
26Game$16,966-80%630$269$127,7592Eros International
27The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$16,491-47%32-28$515$104,383,62418Fox
28The Illusionist (2010)$14,540-34%320$454$2,189,69916Sony Pictures Classics
29Blank City$13,989--1--$13,989$21,4121Insurgent Releasing
30The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$13,678-16%10$13,678$43,2012Lorber Films
31My Perestroika$12,997-4%21$6,499$69,2853International Film Circuit
32Poetry$12,74921%153$850$254,0949Kino International
33Gulliver's Travels (2010)$12,380-7%18-8$688$42,776,25916Fox
34Another Year$9,208-45%16-8$576$3,180,46315Sony Pictures Classics
35Blue Valentine (2010)$8,735-54%19-20$460$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
36Henry's Crime$8,726--2--$4,363$8,7261Moving Pictures Film & Television
37Rubber$7,607-53%50$1,521$32,9402Magnolia / Magnet
38The Music Never Stopped$7,499-75%14-14$536$218,5764Roadside Attractions
39Meet Monica Velour$7,438--2--$3,719$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
40happythankyoumoreplease$7,129-51%9-3$792$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
41Ceremony$6,920--3--$2,307$6,9201Magnolia Pictures
42The Last Lions$6,680-70%18-18$371$593,3438National Geographic
43The Salvation Poem$6,287-87%10-20$629$725,25526CanZion Films
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$6,03999%52$1,208$91,22930Collective Eye
45American: The Bill Hicks Story$5,872--1--$5,872$5,8721Variance Films
46127 Hours$5,320-32%12-6$443$18,329,46623Fox Searchlight
47I Love You Phillip Morris$4,713-41%7-5$673$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
48Cold Weather$4,504-28%8-2$563$134,58510IFC Films
49Inside Job$3,944-54%15-3$263$4,293,31227Sony Pictures Classics
50Circo$3,875-28%10$3,875$12,3962First Run Features
51Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$3,766-39%7-4$538$218,20414First Run Features
52Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$3,18131%3-1$1,060$198,85011Variance Films
53Heartbeats$3,1302%90$348$55,0027IFC Films
54Into Eternity$3,111103%64$519$29,66810International Film Circuit
55Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,802-14%4-1$701$131,4726Strand Releasing
56To Die Like a Man$2,346--1--$2,346$2,3461Strand Releasing
57Black Death$2,15227%53$430$22,0455Magnolia / Magnet
58Wrecked$1,974-4%10$1,974$4,8212IFC Films
59Desert Flower$1,944-77%3-5$648$41,7574National Geographic
60Kings of Pastry$1,595--3--$532$325,17530First Run
61I Saw the Devil$1,367-83%4-11$342$117,3576Magnolia / Magnet
62Peep World$1,156--5--$231$10,9083IFC Films
63Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$1,155-45%3-1$385$1,350,6409Shorts International
64Putty Hill$1,124-21%21$562$41,2888Cinema Guild
65Made in Dagenham$1,052-74%50$210$1,094,79821Sony Pictures Classics
66Kaboom$848-65%4-6$212$116,47811IFC Films
67Public Speaking$615-39%10$615$42,9867Rialto
68My Dog Tulip$566-60%1-1$566$235,67632New Yorker Films
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$564--1--$564$56,58843The Film Desk
70Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$533-85%10$533$45,68722Film Desk
71The Strange Case of Angelica$530116%21$265$43,06915Cinema Guild
72A Somewhat Gentle Man$431--1--$431$34,77513Strand Releasing
73Carancho$400-92%1-3$400$61,9739Strand Releasing
74Korkoro$3767%10$376$3,1123Lorber Films
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$359--1--$359$42,61113Kino International
76Winter's Bone$260-17%2-1$130$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions
77Bhutto$162--1--$162$98,94219First Run Features
78Marwencol$40--1--$40$111,53027Cinema Guild