'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. 28 - Sun, May. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$43,311,063-39%4,3678$9,918$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$31,002,000--3,445--$8,999$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$30,095,259--3,646--$8,254$30,095,2591Disney
4Iron Man 2$16,458,990-38%3,804-373$4,327$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$10,406,000-45%3,373-132$3,085$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$5,833,772-35%2,825-150$2,065$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$2,156,578-50%1,195-636$1,805$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$1,817,755-38%1,126-743$1,614$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$1,566,000-61%2,546-5$615$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Train Your Dragon$1,150,834-39%825-926$1,395$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$923,000-60%891-1234$1,036$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$586,93921%341-70$1,721$333,017,13913Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$457,6842%15514$2,953$3,332,7887Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$411,875-3%201-33$2,049$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$377,52410%164-14$2,302$6,814,03811Music Box
8The Back-up Plan$291,182-69%391-688$745$36,526,4956CBS Films
9The Bounty Hunter$275,07686%287117$958$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
10Kites$261,033-73%176-32$1,483$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$252,248-9%283-69$891$62,687,11611Fox
12Hot Tub Time Machine$223,000-6%36486$613$49,945,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,000-40%225-187$982$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$218,976-59%247-314$887$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$209,029-5%214-143$977$61,932,8729Disney
16Furry Vengeance$179,748-66%247-1122$728$16,464,3035Summit
17Shutter Island$169,369-30%201-55$843$127,811,97415Paramount
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$112,44865%17744$635$59,944,3699Lionsgate
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$60,971-32%108-58$565$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$326,00012%480$6,792$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$200,438-15%50-3$4,009$1,339,8925Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$175,054-14%463$3,806$1,884,2317Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$130,920-22%54-6$2,424$1,028,8185Samuel Goldwyn
6The Losers$103,000-19%83-102$1,241$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
7Princess Kaiulani$88,878-40%38-9$2,339$593,4673Roadside Attractions
8Solitary Man$84,279-11%62$14,047$216,8352Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$73,011-6%58-28$1,259$15,311,66915Summit
10Holy Rollers$55,44240%2017$2,772$109,57218First Independent Pictures
11Mother and Child$55,189-33%33-4$1,672$319,5084Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$47,00012%180$2,611$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Survival of the Dead$43,757--20--$2,188$43,7571Magnolia / Magnet
14Micmacs$42,751--4--$10,688$42,7511Sony Classics
16La Mission$33,000-46%25-10$1,320$852,0008Screen Media
17Breathless (2010 re-issue)$32,200--4--$8,050$32,2001Rialto
18The Father of My Children$31,419202%54$6,284$44,9052IFC Films
19The Tooth Fairy$30,399-43%76-39$400$59,954,88619Fox
20The Secret of Kells$25,4307%252$1,017$533,18813GKIDS
21Our Family Wedding$23,679-53%52-32$455$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
22The City of Your Final Destination$23,00053%143$1,643$285,0007Screen Media Films
23Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$21,31521%12-2$1,776$450,24811Zeitgeist
24Casino Jack and the United States of Money$20,888-21%212$995$129,6024Magnolia
25Mademoiselle Chambon$16,770--2--$8,385$16,7701Lorber
26The Square (2010)$16,73023%153$1,115$284,1548Apparition
27The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$11,860-38%14-5$847$133,6065IFC
28The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$11,79621%10$11,796$48,9288International Film Circuit
29Madeo (Mother)$10,460164%123$872$524,65053Magnolia
30The Good, the Bad, the Weird$9,41761%135$724$99,6688IFC
31The Little Traitor$8,42335%40$2,106$326,68825Westchester Films
32Chloe$7,766-61%18-6$431$2,012,41310Sony Pictures Classics
33A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$7,533-27%14-4$538$2,060,77714Sony Classics
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,128-6%60$1,188$23,195,091139National Geographic
36Looking for Eric$6,903-22%82$863$31,6943IFC
37Deadfall Trail$6,295-29%50$1,259$31,5903Nocturnal Features
38180┬░ South$5,566-46%40$1,392$23,1272Magnolia
39Best Worst Movie$5,187-51%20$2,594$40,4816Area23a
40Racing Dreams$4,517-77%8-25$565$27,7932Hanover House
41John Rabe$4,288-12%41$1,072$11,9132Strand
42The Eclipse$4,201149%50$840$118,46310Magnolia
43OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,025-69%3-4$1,342$48,78659Music Box
44Letters to God$3,700-79%14-25$264$2,837,0008Vivendi
45The Runaways$3,163-82%11-19$288$3,570,62011Apparition
46The Joneses$3,137-72%8-19$392$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions
47Crazy Heart$3,100-63%7-21$443$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
48No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,082-42%7-5$440$69,0347IFC
49The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$3,035-49%50$607$443,05418First Run Features
50Sweetgrass$2,866-57%3-1$955$163,45036Cinema Guild
51Daddy Longlegs$2,020-40%20$1,010$20,2313Sundance Selects
52Terribly Happy$1,604-60%30$535$167,97817Oscilloscope
53After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,513-40%21$757$5,1802Variance Films
54A Town Called Panic$85881%10$858$160,53624Zeitgeist Films
55North Face (Nordwand)$735-61%1-2$735$707,78918Music Box Films
56Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$568--4--$142$15,7963Cinema Purgatorio
57October Country$541-12%10$541$22,63616International Film Circuit
58U2 3D$390-86%10$390$10,328,890123National Geographic
59The Girl on the Train$367-84%2-4$184$201,70519Strand Releasing
60The Last Station$336-94%3-7$112$6,606,65420Sony Pictures Classics
61The White Ribbon$230-8%1-1$230$2,222,63222Sony Classics