'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, Nov. 12 - Sun, Nov. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Megamind$29,120,461-37%3,9495$7,374$88,822,6352Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$22,688,457--3,207--$7,075$22,688,4571Fox
3Due Date$15,419,042-53%3,36510$4,582$58,897,3082Warner Bros.
4Skyline$11,692,415--2,880--$4,060$11,692,4151Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$9,203,266--2,518--$3,655$11,809,3211Paramount
6For Colored Girls$6,517,280-67%2,1270$3,064$30,687,4682Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$4,973,539-43%2,878-351$1,728$79,677,3965Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$2,980,201-58%2,403-765$1,240$81,930,6574Paramount
9Saw 3D$2,862,449-63%1,976-832$1,449$43,580,3103Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$2,235,457-55%1,607-558$1,391$114,643,2665Paramount
12The Social Network$1,770,077-48%1,088-772$1,627$87,807,5027Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$1,318,493-67%1,691-674$780$31,448,8425Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$1,294,110-58%1,239-711$1,044$50,754,7296Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Fair Game (2010)$1,020,65457%175129$5,832$1,919,6402Summit
2Conviction$610,847-62%493-179$1,239$6,022,8235Fox Searchlight
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$520,085-30%1942$2,681$2,821,9323Music Box
4Inside Job$478,76780%250184$1,915$1,566,0316Sony Pictures Classics
5The Town$438,397-62%375-426$1,169$90,626,5569Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$363,09011%273-34$1,330$248,815,41019Universal
7Inception$234,514-26%262-29$895$291,832,59318Warner Bros.
8Waiting for 'Superman'$215,210-46%204-38$1,055$5,891,8798Paramount Vantage
9Toy Story 3$207,778-29%241-23$862$414,638,01322Disney
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$170,047-65%240-500$709$54,362,5018Warner Bros.
11Easy A$162,833-66%197-289$827$57,539,4059Sony / Screen Gems
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$155,691-53%249-104$625$52,147,7898Fox
13The Other Guys$119,256-29%182-53$655$119,219,97815Sony / Columbia
14Takers$101,374-34%176-39$576$57,744,72012Sony / Screen Gems
15You Again$85,543-59%153-130$559$25,258,9918Disney
16Alpha and Omega$71,655-51%123-165$583$24,589,7939Lionsgate
17Nowhere Boy$67,145-53%111-64$605$1,330,9526Weinstein Company
19The Switch (2010)$57,438-30%118-2$487$27,758,46513Miramax
20Let Me In$55,08470%14348$385$12,067,3977Relativity / Overture
21Case 39$30,028-57%106-51$283$13,248,4777Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

1127 Hours$438,53966%2218$19,934$811,5282Fox Searchlight
2Golmaal 3$253,586-60%860$2,949$1,027,3552Eros
3Hubble 3D$192,850-1%56-4$3,444$18,078,26035Warner Bros. / IMAX
4You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$103,109-53%75-68$1,375$2,927,9628Sony Pictures Classics
5Stone$74,071-58%87-22$851$1,640,4966Relativity / Overture
6Mao's Last Dancer$56,911-43%55-26$1,035$4,664,09513Samuel Goldwyn
7Under the Sea 3D$50,97318%140$3,641$24,795,60692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Monsters (2010)$48,68070%2512$1,947$122,9193Magnolia
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$44,842-74%67-134$669$6,309,8746Focus
10Four Lions$40,153-3%146$2,868$100,1172Drafthouse Films
11Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$33,99260%104$3,399$136,2025Zeitgeist Films
12Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$29,93176%1512$1,995$54,9322Magnolia
13Tamara Drewe$27,401-47%21-6$1,305$268,0276Sony Pictures Classics
15Cool It$26,847--41--$655$26,8471Roadside Attractions
16Never Let Me Go$24,680-41%32-19$771$2,331,3489Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$23,875-52%25-30$955$3,201,2139Universal / Rogue
18Tiny Furniture$21,235--1--$21,235$21,2351IFC
20The Salvation Poem$15,981-69%11-3$1,453$431,6105CanZion Films
21Get Low$15,977-26%26-10$615$9,062,45416Sony Pictures Classics
22The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$15,91921%9-1$1,769$639,70015National Geographic
23Welcome to the Riley's$13,500-26%7-3$1,929$100,8813Samuel Goldwyn
25Enter the Void$11,911-1%81$1,489$272,5028IFC Films
26Jack Goes Boating$10,913-22%343$321$512,1839Relativity / Overture
27Inspector Bellamy$10,316-33%20$5,158$64,8653IFC Films
28Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,3252%30$3,108$23,405,352163National Geographic
29Last Train Home$9,309-20%6-4$1,552$241,32111Zeitgeist Films
30Marwencol$8,8591269%10$8,859$24,4616Cinema Guild
31The Tillman Story$8,364-35%21-3$398$782,60013Weinstein Company
32Waste Land$8,271-4%53$1,654$38,7293Arthouse Films
33What If...$8,240-54%12-10$687$752,43713Five & Two Pictures
34Enemies of the People$8,216765%63$1,369$36,32716International Film Circuit
35Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,926--1--$7,926$7,9261Film Desk
37Wild Target$6,901-37%50$1,380$54,8203Freestyle
39A Film Unfinished$6,222-60%10-5$622$311,54213Oscilloscope
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,999642%10$5,999$133,66732International Film Circuit
42Boxing Gym$5,583--5--$1,117$25,7684Zipporah Films
43Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$5,073-50%30$1,691$35,3963Variance Films
44The Trouble with Terkel$4,924--4--$1,231$23,10434Indican
45Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$4,908179%30$1,636$527,91828Kino International
46Kings of Pastry$4,2362%50$847$150,4749First Run
47Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$4,0731529%21$2,037$63,07221Kino International
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,920-1%41$980$133,47310Lorber
49The Girl Who Played With Fire$3,659-67%12-7$305$7,621,38819Music Box
51Animal Kingdom$3,437-61%8-4$430$989,76414Sony Pictures Classics
52My Dog Tulip$2,573-63%3-1$858$111,65911New Yorker Films
53Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,477-26%40$619$522,46212Music Box
54Winter's Bone$2,427-43%100$243$6,040,46323Roadside Attractions
55The Taqwacores$2,294170%21$1,147$8,7564Strand Releasing
56I Am Love$2,266-40%4-2$567$4,999,23422Magnolia
57Mademoiselle Chambon$2,153-66%3-3$718$512,65525Lorber
58Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,739-46%10$1,739$6,3892Variance Films
59A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,7070%6-3$285$184,06611Sony Pictures Classics
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,426294%53$285$252,58611Music Box
61Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,384--2--$692$341,26325Rialto
62Army of Crime$1,356--3--$452$33,50713Lorber
63Around a Small Mountain$1,287154%10$1,287$31,00519Cinema Guild
64The Kids Grow Up$1,2670%1-1$1,267$9,6413Shadow Distribution
65To the Sea$1,146--1--$1,146$49,17918Film Movement
66Budrus$1,067-47%10$1,067$42,6246Balcony Releasing
67The Concert$997-51%3-1$332$657,19417Weinstein Company
68Eichmann$986235%10$986$2,7063Regent Releasing
69Restrepo$91514%1-1$915$1,328,72521National Geographic
70Lebanon$824-63%7-2$118$361,96657Sony Pictures Classics
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$776-59%5-11$155$10,086,09335Music Box
72Piranha 3D$712-91%82$89$25,002,87213Weinstein Company
73Red Hill$689-92%1-4$689$16,3412Strand
74Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$520--2--$260$70,11524Indican Pictures
75I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$323-68%1-1$323$92,4016Anchor Bay
76Shake Hands with the Devil$250116%10$250$5943Regent Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$22-70%10$22$4063Regent Releasing