'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, May. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Fast & Furious 6$35,164,440-64%3,68628$9,540$171,003,9652Universal
2Now You See Me$29,350,389--2,925--$10,034$29,350,3891Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$27,520,040--3,401--$8,092$27,520,0401Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$16,780,895-55%3,585-322$4,681$181,537,3813Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$16,385,254-61%3,56510$4,596$88,540,9082Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$8,442,451-56%2,895-529$2,916$385,187,7365Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,517,317-52%2,635-455$2,473$128,508,2094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$1,568,677--161--$9,743$1,568,6771Eros International
2Mud$1,225,199-37%579-133$2,116$16,884,9906Roadside Attractions
3The Croods$665,624-45%506-502$1,315$180,588,68511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$530,493-4%13272$4,019$1,556,3253IFC Films
542 (2013)$512,231-59%501-414$1,022$92,331,6858Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$419,116-36%330-71$1,270$233,032,31113Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$394,705-55%357-215$1,106$88,067,6707Universal
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$276,841-37%286-60$968$121,588,60310Paramount
9Escape From Planet Earth$195,323-23%268-78$729$56,322,42716Weinstein Company
10What Maisie Knew$191,16935%10174$1,893$528,6355Millenium Entertainment
11Pain and Gain$160,875-75%207-796$777$49,055,6286Paramount
12Identity Thief$129,000-38%150-37$860$134,455,17517Universal
13The Iceman$124,208-66%123-135$1,010$1,716,6615Millennium Entertainment
14The Call$113,262-27%138-28$821$51,752,09012Sony / TriStar
15Olympus Has Fallen$90,467-44%149-60$607$97,867,13911FilmDistrict
16The Place Beyond the Pines$84,670-47%103-25$822$21,135,65910Focus
17The Big Wedding$74,786-67%126-139$594$21,285,9806Lionsgate
18Jack the Giant Slayer$71,836-33%143-42$502$65,111,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
19Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$67,799-78%121-364$560$9,040,6634Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Before Midnight$404,31164%3126$13,042$774,0832Sony Pictures Classics
2Love Is All You Need$167,820-23%718$2,364$706,3325Sony Pictures Classics
3Kon-Tiki$140,512-14%7410$1,899$897,1376Weinstein Company
4Stories We Tell$114,445-11%3913$2,934$901,4244Roadside Attractions
5Renoir$96,649-34%65-10$1,487$1,884,96710IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The East$77,031--4--$19,258$77,0311Fox Searchlight
7The Company You Keep$64,974-52%73-23$890$4,881,1859Sony Pictures Classics
8The Kings of Summer$58,962--4--$14,741$58,9621CBS Films
9The Sapphires$56,201-19%58-3$969$2,208,57911Weinstein Company
10Fill the Void$49,416-16%63$8,236$150,0552Sony Pictures Classics
11Hubble 3D$49,332-35%191$2,596$38,508,873168Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$43,783-36%381$1,152$388,3345eOne Films US
13Not Today$43,524344%1813$2,418$242,5968Freestyle Releasing
14To the Arctic 3D$33,861-33%520$651$12,693,77559Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Hannah Arendt$31,270--1--$31,270$45,8721Zeitgeist Films
16We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$30,75511%117$2,796$73,5662Focus World
17Ginger & Rosa$23,096-50%461$502$1,005,70012A24
18At Any Price$22,905-68%45-36$509$326,2966Sony Pictures Classics
19The Reluctant Fundamentalist$22,522-63%29-22$777$497,9166IFC Films
20Life of Pi$21,999117%17-9$1,294$124,914,17328Fox
21Scary Movie 5$17,584-74%51-120$345$31,411,3548Weinstein / Dimension
22Space Station 3D$16,484-12%5-7$3,297$87,980,638581IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$14,377-38%300$479$22,724,241113Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Lore$13,41997%4-2$3,355$936,74017Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$13,31210%130$1,024$33,002,016225Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Evil Dead$12,411-42%40-18$310$54,136,8559Sony / TriStar
27No (2013)$11,622-16%17-6$684$2,325,21016Sony Pictures Classics
28Spring Breakers$11,241-55%40-30$281$14,113,34212A24
29In the House$11,056-54%13-8$850$380,0717Cohen Media Group
30Shadow Dancer$10,672--2--$5,336$10,6721Magnolia Pictures
31From Up on Poppy Hill$10,382-43%12-12$865$982,95112GKIDS
32No Place on Earth$10,154440%52$2,031$160,9609Magnolia Pictures
33The Angels' Share$10,102-58%18-5$561$304,3578IFC Films
34Quartet$10,080-60%17-13$593$18,262,05921Weinstein Company
35Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,30638%52$1,861$96,5137Kino Lorber
36Sightseers$8,377261%108$838$35,7224IFC Films
37Silver Linings Playbook$8,132-54%23-12$354$132,088,91029Weinstein Company
38Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,740291%30$2,247$328,91114International Film Circuit
39Trance$6,44021%110$585$2,319,1879Fox Searchlight
40To the Wonder$5,812-18%13-3$447$558,4778Magnolia Pictures
41The History of Future Folk$5,775--1--$5,775$5,7751Variance / FilmBuff
42The English Teacher$5,671-60%5-2$1,134$32,9333Cinedigm
44Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$5,57324%80$697$49,6457Kino Lorber
45One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,40725%2-1$2,704$35,4574Zeitgeist Films
46A Wedding Invitation$5,34568%31$1,782$11,0412CJ Entertainment
47Nostalghia (2013 re-issue)$5,233--1--$5,233$5,2331Kino Lorber
48Deep Sea 3D$5,171-34%4-1$1,293$45,574,230379Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Augustine$4,311-59%40$1,078$41,5793Music Box Films
50Girl Rising$4,12093%30-33$137$1,344,34713Gathr Films
51Emperor$4,025-39%6-2$671$3,342,07013Roadside Attractions
52Home Run$3,641-33%6-4$607$2,851,0587IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53Venus and Serena$3,622-54%6-2$604$43,3534Magnolia Pictures
54Searching For Sugar Man$3,593-1%60$599$3,678,00445Sony Pictures Classics
55Free the Mind$3,410-47%5-1$682$55,1535International Film Circuit
56Pieta$3,28440%4-1$821$17,3143Drafthouse Films
57Something in the Air$3,105-48%9-1$345$71,9215IFC Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,091-17%6-4$515$2,405,74218Sony Pictures Classics
59Dead Man's Burden$2,814-75%30$938$27,4365Cinedigm
60The Wall$2,188--1--$2,188$2,1881Music Box Films
61A Green Story$1,216-78%1-3$1,216$12,5192Indican Pictures
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,088-79%2-2$544$36,8326Variance Films
63Kiss of the Damned$1,011121%31$337$14,3255Magnolia / Magnet
64A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$878-91%10$878$17,8242Rialto Pictures
65Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$775--2--$388$7751Cinema Purgatorio
66The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$648-54%10$648$9,89026Indican Pictures
67M (2013 re-issue)$618--1--$618$28,87712Kino Lorber
68Paradise: Love$5551%1-2$555$21,3946Strand Releasing
69Post Tenebras Lux$506-50%21$253$22,3245Strand Releasing
70The Silence$479-81%2-2$240$90,70613Music Box Films
71Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$477--2--$239$23,12620Kino Lorber
72King's Faith$432-70%1-1$432$75,1966Waking Giants Entertainment
73Triumph of the Wall$430--1--$430$4301First Run Features
74Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$356--1--$356$337,49719Music Box Films
7556 Up$23417%10$234$695,91122First Run Features
76Arthur Newman$169-88%2-1$85$207,7086Cinedigm
77The Painting (2013)$149-98%1-5$149$20,8354GKIDS
78The Condemned (2013)$90--1--$90$3,71814Strand Releasing
79White Elephant$70--1--$70$8,80010Strand Releasing