'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, Jun. 17 - Sun, Jun. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Green Lantern$53,174,303--3,816--$13,935$53,174,3031Warner Bros.
2Super 8$21,472,020-39%3,40829$6,300$73,002,8092Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$18,445,355--3,339--$5,524$18,445,3551Fox
4X-Men: First Class$11,933,524-51%3,375-317$3,536$120,358,0863Fox
5The Hangover Part II$10,071,339-43%3,460-215$2,911$233,110,6174Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$9,027,671-45%3,469-460$2,602$143,670,4684Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,646,249-39%2,742-691$2,424$220,746,5025Disney
9Midnight in Paris$4,884,800-16%1,03894$4,706$21,446,6145Sony Pictures Classics
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,103,465-65%2,5240$833$11,029,3072Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Tree of Life$1,163,92341%11568$10,121$3,900,3554Fox Searchlight
3Fast Five$872,160-50%729-600$1,196$206,816,8808Universal
4The Art of Getting By$679,160--610--$1,113$679,1601Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$517,653-23%408-119$1,269$138,725,04410Fox
6Water for Elephants$305,177-36%351-115$869$57,192,1699Fox
7Soul Surfer$243,234-18%264-53$921$42,638,64611Sony / TriStar
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$241,045-8%116-7$2,078$4,138,0168IFC Films
9Jumping the Broom$210,757-54%211-154$999$37,101,0647Sony / TriStar
10Something Borrowed$202,630-56%212-154$956$38,077,6847Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$199,237135%220119$906$57,373,86114Lionsgate
13Source Code$120,997-30%161-87$752$54,388,84912Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$95,714-20%162-20$591$9,847,9388Weinstein Company
15Limitless$73,990-32%117-49$632$79,077,83414Relativity Media
16African Cats$58,400249%12182$483$14,983,3159Disneynature

Platform (1 — 99)

1Gerry (2011)$367,635--95--$3,870$464,7461Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$219,8337%470$4,677$7,240,52911Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Trip (2011)$176,365126%3024$5,879$289,8882IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$115,90424%36-2$3,220$26,217,94066Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Incendies$88,127-33%66-19$1,335$1,535,8729Sony Pictures Classics
8Jig$70,432--5--$14,086$70,4321Screen Media Films
9Buck$67,548--4--$16,887$67,5481IFC Films
10Ready$65,860-65%970$679$910,4463Eros International
12Submarine$58,2914%2811$2,082$207,6523Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,40622%110$4,764$3,122,203583D Entertainment
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$49,923-33%90-27$555$52,563,99113Fox
15The Double Hour$47,225-46%39-14$1,211$1,165,24810IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Jane Eyre (2011)$45,694-27%68-22$672$11,100,68915Focus
17Bride Flight$45,109-17%245$1,880$125,6532Music Box Films
18Priest (2011)$44,742-61%71-98$630$29,136,6266Sony / Screen Gems
19Win Win$44,418-42%67-33$663$10,078,13914Fox Searchlight
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,058-42%71-41$621$52,848,3429Lionsgate
21Under the Sea 3D$39,674-2%16-3$2,480$28,824,159123Warner Bros. / IMAX
2213 Assassins$38,4070%315$1,239$672,5388Magnolia / Magnet
24Everything Must Go$29,039-56%55-32$528$2,598,7766Roadside Attractions
25Page One: Inside the New York Times$28,911--2--$14,456$28,9111Magnolia Pictures
26Meek's Cutoff$27,354-35%30-11$912$843,67911Oscilloscope
27Bill Cunningham New York$24,407-11%190$1,285$1,301,35014Zeitgeist Films
28The Conspirator$24,148-46%44-22$549$11,460,30710Roadside Attractions
29The Last Mountain$20,39377%74$2,913$64,5433Dada Films
30I Am (2011)$17,465-16%360$485$1,529,23618Paladin
31Mars Needs Moms$15,923-29%24-29$663$21,379,31515Disney
32Beautiful Boy$15,725181%84$1,966$49,0323Anchor Bay Films
33Scream 4$14,104-62%39-41$362$38,160,37710Weinstein Company
34Gnomeo and Juliet$14,043-38%23-20$611$99,808,60919Disney
35Trollhunter$13,302138%54$2,660$21,4672Magnolia / Magnet
36City of Life and Death$13,23270%52$2,646$51,5446Kino International
37The Beaver$12,425-21%23-23$540$935,4887Summit
38The First Grader$12,257-53%15-15$817$300,3876National Geographic
39In a Better World$10,420-63%24-9$434$851,44412Sony Pictures Classics
40Winter in Wartime$10,34618%14-2$739$502,46814Sony Pictures Classics
41L'Amour fou$9,964-26%14-2$712$280,0046IFC Films
42Queen to Play$9,56840%93$1,063$332,15412Zeitgeist Films
43Potiche$8,251-34%8-8$1,031$1,589,54813Music Box Films
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$7,78466%106$778$198,80040Collective Eye
45My Perestroika$7,31937%8-1$915$222,46713International Film Circuit
46Hobo with a Shotgun$7,236-38%14-1$517$657,7527Magnolia / Magnet
47Of Gods and Men$7,043-57%17-9$414$3,936,99917Sony Pictures Classics
48Road to Nowhere$6,051140%74$864$13,1082Monterey Media
49The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$4,329-38%3-1$1,443$131,47612Lorber Films
50WAR: Women Art Revolution$3,985212%42$996$25,3463Zeitgeist Films
51The Princess of Montpensier$3,856-60%6-5$643$334,10510IFC Films
52The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$3,688175%9-1$410$616,0609Sony Pictures Classics
53Viva Riva!$3,672-64%30$1,224$19,4952Music Box Films
5435 and Ticking$3,344-50%10$3,344$72,7785Image Entertainment
55Rejoice and Shout$3,145-63%2-4$1,573$28,8523Magnolia Pictures
56Last Night (2010)$3,131--4--$783$102,1177Miramax / Tribeca
57Hesher$2,741-26%30$914$364,6776Wrekin Hill Entertainment
58Blank City$2,463-41%2-1$1,232$104,58511Insurgent Releasing
59Small Town Murder Songs$2,425-34%3-3$808$14,3244Monterey Media
60Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$2,320-30%2-2$1,160$24,6966First Run Features
61Into Eternity$2,030152%20$1,015$51,41720International Film Circuit
62How To Live Forever$1,828-34%1-1$1,828$30,0146Variance Films
63Circo$1,696462%20$848$66,33412First Run Features
64Kill the Irishman$1,573-54%2-3$787$1,185,25315Anchor Bay Films
65Barney's Version$1,294-69%3-2$431$7,501,40423Sony Pictures Classics
66Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,26050%21$630$174,32416Strand Releasing
67Film Socialisme$1,099-76%1-2$1,099$20,4683Lorber Films
68Korkoro$920--2--$460$7,22513Lorber Films
69The Robber$793-79%2-1$397$68,7988Kino International
70Making The Boys$619-46%10$619$30,95115First Run Features
71The Music Never Stopped$272-49%31$91$248,99014Roadside Attractions
72Orgasm Inc.$155--1--$155$49,00119First Run Features
73The Arbor$55--1--$55$13,2308Strand Releasing
74Space Station 3D$40--2--$20$83,709,033479IMAX