'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. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,055,177--3,336--$9,609$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$20,135,387-33%3,707-113$5,432$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,642,040-29%3,143123$3,704$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$7,842,930--3,044--$2,577$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,275,325-35%3,111-491$2,017$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,988,713-63%3,1570$1,897$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,558,239-54%2,8830$1,581$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,068,339-48%1,347-813$793$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$880,293-41%1,229-436$716$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$570,890-66%1,7690$323$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$305,268-75%1,253-1285$244$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

112 Years a Slave$2,134,325131%123104$17,352$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,588,004-9%83578$1,902$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$700,695-44%677-520$1,035$25,856,5346Universal
4We're the Millers$582,445-22%786-95$741$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$560,118-66%969-1042$578$18,819,5384Fox
6Baggage Claim$560,046-49%594-271$943$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$506,315-48%4581$1,105$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$495,999-58%540-574$919$23,501,6225Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$390,370-20%379-16$1,030$364,248,63017Universal
10Instructions Not Included$283,651-47%301-174$942$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$269,717-30%444-158$607$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
12Pulling Strings$268,912-56%315-123$854$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$227,140-24%303-47$750$67,221,11412Fox
15Monsters University$208,569-32%207-23$1,008$267,788,62019Disney
16Blue Jasmine$149,267-21%119-33$1,254$32,210,61514Sony Pictures Classics
17Grown Ups 2$139,825-33%188-35$744$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
18Grace Unplugged$120,978-48%208-105$582$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
19The Smurfs 2$104,115-48%205-37$508$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$102,772-33%164-43$627$132,244,11914Fox
21The Family (2013)$88,788-59%218-265$407$36,485,5407Relativity Media
22Turbo$74,749-38%108-41$692$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
24The Conjuring$27,605-36%100-13$276$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1All Is Lost$512,600448%8276$6,251$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$157,22719%4319$3,656$674,1833Purdie Distribution
3Wadjda$123,035-13%8721$1,414$984,9147Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Is the Warmest Color$100,316--4--$25,079$100,3161IFC Films
5Inequality for All$83,076-35%97-6$856$937,3455RADiUS-TWC
6Muscle Shoals$82,966-13%5620$1,482$341,5255Magnolia Pictures
7Metallica Through The Never$48,361--22--$2,198$3,419,9675Picturehouse
8Kill Your Darlings$41,982-21%84$5,248$132,1902Sony Pictures Classics
9The Heat$39,460-49%80-23$493$159,469,28818Fox
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,813-84%91-370$394$1,070,7083Relativity Media
11Elysium$35,780-36%61-32$587$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
12Hubble 3D$35,000-18%141$2,500$41,055,526189Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Austenland$30,971-17%43-4$720$2,008,18511Sony Pictures Classics
14The Summit$24,672-42%53-17$466$194,1594IFC Films
15In a World...$22,916-38%32-15$716$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
16Space Station 3D$22,785-11%51$4,557$89,258,423602IMAX
17Spinning Plates$20,718--3--$6,906$20,7181The Film Arcade
18A.C.O.D.$16,857-63%19-23$887$157,1214The Film Arcade
19The Square (2013)$16,359--1--$16,359$16,3591Netflix Originals
20Escape From Tomorrow$15,287-17%110$1,390$140,8063Producers Distribution Agency
21The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$13,722-84%49-98$280$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Short Term 12$13,6097%18-4$756$951,90110Cinedigm
23Parkland$13,090-57%20-12$655$640,5954Exclusive Media
24Linsanity$12,846-23%8-1$1,606$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
25The World's End$11,960-16%26-14$460$25,955,72910Focus
26Seasons of Gray$11,714-63%14-10$837$51,5612EchoLight Studios
27American Promise$11,001--4--$2,750$39,3252Rada Film Group
28The Way, Way Back$10,250-43%23-15$446$21,475,65317Fox Searchlight
29Thanks for Sharing$9,4441%11-3$859$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
3020 Feet from Stardom$9,36419%12-5$780$4,713,79820RADiUS-TWC
31Haute Cuisine$8,599-57%14-7$614$212,0726Weinstein Company
32Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36258%102$836$23,052,481134Warner Bros. / IMAX
33To the Arctic 3D$8,3473%101$835$13,602,34180Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Torn$8,28870%54$1,658$16,5962The Film Collective
35The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$8,286226%1411$592$31,7575Rialto Pictures
36We Are What We Are (2013)$8,1874%175$482$76,6335eOne Films US
37Good Ol' Freda$7,811139%135$601$121,3258Magnolia Pictures
38The Spectacular Now$7,176-68%24-30$299$6,830,53113A24
39Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7,006--1--$7,006$7,0061Cinepix
40Deep Sea 3D$6,88579%32$2,295$45,929,289400Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Fruitvale Station$4,884-38%16-4$305$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
42Camille Claudel 1915$4,683-8%21$2,342$14,6642Kino Lorber
43Bastards$4,432--1--$4,432$6,3681IFC Films
44Zaytoun$4,35012%62$725$36,8276Strand Releasing
45I'm So Excited$3,240--5--$648$1,366,03618Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,104-31%72$443$33,649,535246Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Patience Stone$3,0599%5-3$612$140,84011Sony Pictures Classics
48The Trials of Muhammad Ali$3,012-36%41$753$41,11210Kino Lorber
49I Used to Be Darker$2,761107%52$552$20,3715Strand Releasing
50When Comedy Went to School$2,249-45%4-2$562$207,38913International Film Circuit
51Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$1,992--2--$996$34,4748Kino Lorber
52Il Futuro$1,6571946%10$1,657$11,4688Strand Releasing
53Drinking Buddies$1,635-53%5-8$327$338,37810Magnolia Pictures
54Shepard & Dark$1,631330%21$816$9,6845Music Box Films
55Birth of the Living Dead$1,62031%104$162$3,1912First Run Features
56Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,457--2--$729$4,42211First Run Features
57A Touch of Sin$1,338-85%2-4$669$76,3834Kino Lorber
58Museum Hours$1,289-73%4-2$322$530,35618Cinema Guild
59Let the Fire Burn$1,171-42%20$586$21,5734Zeitgeist Films
60Prince Avalanche$1,05520%3-4$352$196,88012Magnolia Pictures
61Before Midnight$930--3--$310$8,113,73723Sony Pictures Classics
62Hannah Arendt$735-72%1-1$735$710,92122Zeitgeist Films
63Bad Milo!$559-71%2-3$280$17,8964Magnolia / Magnet
64Informant$506--2--$253$9,7707Music Box Films
65Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$415-78%10$415$9,6553First Run Features
66Free the Mind$413-71%20$207$146,18826International Film Circuit
67Murder 11$406--1--$406$21,3154Indican Pictures
68Cassadaga$268-32%2-1$134$2,5773Archstone Distribution
69Fire in the Blood$263--2--$132$10,6468International Film Circuit
70Broadway Idiot$199-98%1-5$199$23,4083FilmBuff
71The Citizen$178-71%1-1$178$24,1178Monterey Media
72The Act of Killing$64-88%1-1$64$446,17915Drafthouse Films