'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, Oct. 19 - Sun, Oct. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Paranormal Activity 4$29,003,866--3,412--$8,501$29,003,8861Paramount
2Argo$16,445,475-15%3,24715$5,065$43,011,9642Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$13,260,870-39%3,489-217$3,801$105,832,3393Fox
4Hotel Transylvania$13,001,434-25%3,3849$3,842$118,522,3894Sony / Columbia
5Alex Cross$11,396,768--2,539--$4,489$11,396,7681Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$8,815,475-51%2,54215$3,468$31,735,6432Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$8,407,201-29%3,0140$2,789$23,131,5292Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$6,756,430-27%2,660-127$2,540$45,516,7784Universal
10Looper$4,202,687-32%2,223-382$1,891$57,842,8194Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$3,273,480-22%1,4800$2,212$9,161,4722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,153,2470%74519$2,890$9,123,8725Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$826,809-51%751-800$1,101$37,895,5715Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$729,354-53%925-887$788$34,084,5725Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$614,349-65%945-67$650$2,860,4202Atlas Distribution
5The Master$520,677-36%412-270$1,264$14,738,2136Weinstein Company
6House at the End of the Street$468,298-64%746-1120$628$30,782,8625Relativity Media
8The Dark Knight Rises$359,509-30%345-120$1,042$446,764,06714Warner Bros.
9Student of the Year$326,508--106--$3,080$326,5081Eros International
10Arbitrage$287,141-16%169-25$1,699$7,061,2676Roadside Attractions
11Searching For Sugar Man$197,1883%137-20$1,439$1,968,29013Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$192,308-16%222-15$866$160,072,50615Fox
13The Bourne Legacy$167,0354%232-13$720$112,808,70011Universal
14Finding Nemo 3D$154,709-60%183-297$845$40,391,8546Disney
15Dredd 3D$106,799-1%1605$667$13,325,9685Lionsgate
17The Odd Life of Timothy Green$103,801-27%194-85$535$50,621,33710Disney
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$102,417-16%149-27$687$48,574,36312Fox
19Resident Evil: Retribution$101,275-58%158-191$641$41,954,2986Sony / Screen Gems
20Lawless$86,09644%184-103$468$37,264,1038Weinstein Company
21Ted (2012)$69,745-27%109-36$640$218,628,68017Universal
22Hope Springs (2012)$62,049-29%131-84$474$63,536,01111Sony / Columbia
23The Possession$58,301-64%133-236$438$48,833,6308Lionsgate
24Premium Rush$52,259-43%119-44$439$20,275,4469Sony / Columbia
25Won't Back Down$44,889-68%168-345$267$5,228,7704Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1English Vinglish$180,603-59%880$2,052$1,670,7733Eros International
2The Thieves$152,79112%176$8,988$360,7622Well Go USA
4The Sessions$113,467--4--$28,367$113,4671Fox Searchlight
5The Paperboy$111,53116%7425$1,507$394,0853Millennium Entertainment
6To the Arctic 3D$89,0572%520$1,713$9,272,18427Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Tai Chi Zero$85,094--31--$2,745$85,0941Variance / Well Go USA
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$73,29831%2710$2,715$547,6865IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Middle of Nowhere (2012)$50,554-26%2115$2,407$123,2962AFFRM
10The Intouchables$45,359-17%601$756$12,822,91222Weinstein Company
11The Expendables 2$45,091-32%92-54$490$84,573,29310Lionsgate
12Smashed$44,64266%2016$2,232$83,2922Sony Pictures Classics
13Hating Breitbart$40,673--4--$10,168$40,6731Rocky Mountain Pictures
14Hubble 3D$37,74512%15-1$2,516$34,776,645136Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Sleepwalk With Me$36,438-25%45-13$810$2,200,2629IFC Films
16The Campaign$34,336-22%74-27$464$86,437,56611Warner Bros.
17Born to Be Wild 3D$31,5659%300$1,052$21,089,64981Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Waiting Room$29,173--4--$7,293$50,0564International Film Circuit
19Simon and the Oaks$23,205133%76$3,315$37,4772The Film Arcade
20Somewhere Between$22,479140%64$3,747$93,1279Long Shot Factory
21The Other Dream Team$21,260-24%131$1,635$101,0054The Film Arcade
22The Flat$19,916--2--$9,958$19,9161IFC Films
23Moonrise Kingdom$19,324-46%29-27$666$45,489,12522Focus
24Holy Motors$18,866--2--$9,433$27,6801Indomina Releasing
25Brooklyn Castle$18,761--2--$9,381$18,7611Producers Distribution Agency
26Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,413-31%28-8$622$11,186,65017Fox Searchlight
27War of the Buttons (2012)$17,247264%3530$493$24,2732Weinstein Company
28The First Time$17,061--19--$898$17,0611IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
29Wuthering Heights (2012)$16,62789%117$1,512$44,6033Oscilloscope
30The Oranges$16,102-64%15-41$1,073$355,2893IDP/ATO Pictures
31Robot & Frank$15,573-7%340$458$3,241,39910IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32The Big Picture (2012)$15,10210%64$2,517$36,2362MPI Media
33The House I Live In$14,966-30%4-4$3,742$75,9293Abramorama
34All Together$12,887--10--$1,289$12,8871Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
35Liberal Arts$12,687-31%18-7$705$261,7786IFC Films
36Barfi!$10,383-72%10-24$1,038$2,799,4456UTV Communications
37To Rome with Love$9,747-36%328$305$16,668,75918Sony Pictures Classics
38How To Survive A Plague$9,421-13%145$673$108,8095IFC Films
39Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$9,16350%62$1,527$37,4573Rainbow Releasing
40The Well-Digger's Daughter$8,512100%96$946$334,42514Kino Lorber
41The Queen of Versailles$7,602-17%13-4$585$2,371,60114Magnolia Pictures
42Nobody Walks$7,269--2--$3,635$7,2691Magnolia Pictures
43Ruby Sparks$7,218-38%150$481$2,535,81913Fox Searchlight
44The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,211-18%101$721$46,377,02225Fox Searchlight
45Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,377207%63$1,063$22,8703Drafthouse Films
46Under the Sea 3D$6,35914%4-1$1,590$32,404,271193Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Keep the Lights On$6,311-43%93$701$206,7707Music Box Films
48V/H/S$5,318-57%16-2$332$76,0033Magnolia / Magnet
49Least Among Saints$4,911-69%85$614$21,9702Brainstorm Media
50Chicken With Plums$4,063-9%10-1$406$218,97310Sony Pictures Classics
51Thaandavam$3,978-52%2-1$1,989$212,1454UTV Communications
52The Eye of the Storm$3,895--2--$1,948$78,5817Sycamore Entertainment
53Little White Lies$3,614--5--$723$204,9329MPI Media
542 Days In New York$3,33529%50$667$619,18311Magnolia Pictures
55Compliance$2,58266%116$235$315,10610Magnolia Pictures
56Celeste and Jesse Forever$2,292-63%150$153$3,082,15312Sony Pictures Classics
57Gayby$1,925-60%10$1,925$8,2272The Film Collaborative
58Red Hook Summer$1,608--3--$536$336,85511Variance Films
59Unforgivable$1,540-25%20$770$152,46717Strand Releasing
61My Worst Nightmare$1,142--1--$1,142$1,1421Strand Releasing
62Step Up to the Plate$1,088-71%1-4$1,088$35,9866Cinema Guild
63The Invisible War$974--3--$325$62,31318Cinedigm
64Husbands In Goa$950-6%20$475$9,5355UTV Communications
65Bringing Up Bobby$923160%42$231$2,6754Monterey Media
66Photographic Memory$726-76%1-1$726$4,9762First Run Features
67Bel Borba Aqui$681-72%21$341$7,2113Abramorama
68You've Been Trumped$544--3--$181$19,90912International Film Circuit
69We Won't Grow Old Together$446--1--$446$10,76320The Film Desk
70Alps$440--1--$440$13,52715Kino Lorber
71Trade of Innocents$325-96%1-2$325$12,1483Monterey Media
72Sushi: The Global Catch$298--1--$298$4,05512Alive Mind Cinema
73Girl Model$243-62%10$243$20,5927First Run Features
745 Broken Cameras$189-74%1-1$189$73,96121Kino Lorber
75Head Games$143--1--$143$12,0365Variance Films