'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. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Fast Five$32,445,320-62%3,66218$8,860$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$15,215,487--2,035--$7,477$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$13,945,368--2,904--$4,802$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$8,504,001-42%3,258-450$2,610$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$6,069,603-35%2,614-206$2,322$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,178,886-58%1,881-407$2,222$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$2,307,161-31%1,781-229$1,295$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,042,603-50%2,5050$815$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
12African Cats$1,066,163-56%1,035-189$1,030$12,895,8843Disneynature
13Scream 4$701,100-68%1,333-888$526$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Source Code$1,244,774-50%930-715$1,338$50,944,9226Summit
3There Be Dragons$705,537--259--$2,724$705,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4The Conspirator$618,301-44%457-240$1,353$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
5Win Win$528,842-21%268-34$1,973$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
7Limitless$486,658-56%379-459$1,284$77,006,4178Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$465,416-41%440-279$1,058$55,547,6248Lionsgate
10Jane Eyre (2011)$427,333-17%248-46$1,723$9,433,9449Focus
11The Adjustment Bureau$281,410-39%215-62$1,309$62,057,09010Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$220,441-42%339-164$650$51,289,7967Fox
13Arthur (2011)$218,460-78%355-896$615$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
14Gnomeo and Juliet$215,287-27%250-43$861$99,046,50713Disney
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$197,511-58%228-143$866$4,340,8554Rocky Mountain
17Battle: Los Angeles$188,380162%229127$823$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
18Your Highness$179,575-71%164-238$1,095$21,422,3455Universal
19Sucker Punch$99,32777%210136$473$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
20Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$95,368-87%464-411$206$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
21Just Go With It$87,358-32%133-66$657$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
22Red Riding Hood$82,730-38%156-53$530$37,522,7489Warner Bros.
23I Am Number Four$76,426-45%146-33$523$54,720,09412Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$402,948190%5045$8,059$627,4492IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$289,585-3%59-10$4,908$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$187,56346%6620$2,842$941,88812Paladin
4Potiche$110,140-8%721$1,530$1,200,1967Music Box Films
5The Beaver$107,577--22--$4,890$107,5771Summit
6Hubble 3D$87,921-20%34-2$2,586$24,977,57860Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Of Gods and Men$86,949-18%84-10$1,035$3,556,88011Sony Pictures Classics
8The Double Hour$80,39040%1710$4,729$246,4804IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9In a Better World$73,9754%487$1,541$512,4466Sony Pictures Classics
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,730-28%110$5,885$2,619,345523D Entertainment
11Incendies$62,456-3%111$5,678$222,9103Sony Pictures Classics
12The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$61,559-31%4610$1,338$335,2753Sony Pictures Classics
13Meek's Cutoff$61,33777%198$3,228$217,1355Oscilloscope
14Bill Cunningham New York$59,043-10%27-7$2,187$895,1258Zeitgeist Films
15The King's Speech$57,768-51%90-95$642$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
1613 Assassins$48,3665%106$4,837$120,1882Magnolia / Magnet
17Beastly$41,284-54%76-50$543$27,812,32810CBS Films
18Certified Copy$37,771-21%36-8$1,049$1,213,2059IFC Films
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$36,472-39%57-52$640$73,000,94213Paramount
20Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$34,845-39%52-17$670$37,860,85112Fox
21Winter in Wartime$33,914-9%227$1,542$320,8848Sony Pictures Classics
22The Princess of Montpensier$32,204-11%212$1,534$177,1284IFC Films
23Hall Pass$31,561-48%67-49$471$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
24Queen to Play$30,350138%137$2,335$167,0986Zeitgeist Films
25Last Night (2010)$29,505--10--$2,951$29,5051Miramax / Tribeca
26Under the Sea 3D$26,384-11%191$1,389$28,320,117117Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Kill the Irishman$26,262-35%23-7$1,142$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
28Dum Maaro Dum$25,220-73%33-60$764$534,5743Fox Searchlight
29Battle of the Brides$23,612--5--$4,722$23,6121Variance Films
30Cedar Rapids$20,96150%22-4$953$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
31Chalo Dilli$20,107-47%310$649$68,6642Eros International
32Unknown (2011)$19,672-56%49-52$401$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
33Exporting Raymond$18,840-47%9-4$2,093$67,5532IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
34Mars Needs Moms$16,436-26%37-15$444$20,909,5879Disney
35Super$16,219-55%30-8$541$300,8406IFC Films
36No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$14,394-59%21-24$685$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
37Hobo with a Shotgun$12,046--2--$6,023$12,0461Magnolia / Magnet
38The Company Men$10,56239%3520$302$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
39Poetry$10,141214%82$1,268$307,91013Kino International
40The Robber$9,828-11%61$1,638$32,9892Kino International
41Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$9,543-41%6-4$1,591$558,34212Vitagraph
42The Salvation Poem$8,94457%5-3$1,789$859,85630CanZion Films
43Henry's Crime$8,409-51%5-3$1,682$86,5735Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Lebanon, PA$8,34925%42$2,087$16,6562Truly Indie
45My Perestroika$8,279--7--$1,183$141,5607International Film Circuit
46Octubre$7,054--2--$3,527$7,0541New Yorker Films
47Biutiful$6,708-16%16-6$419$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
48Rubber$6,005-46%153$400$75,3696Magnolia / Magnet
49Harvest$5,870--1--$5,870$15,5781Monterey Media
51I'm Not Jesus Mommy$5,280--3--$1,760$5,2801FilmDemic
52Barney's Version$4,731-34%16-5$296$7,465,29517Sony Pictures Classics
53Circo$4,68024%30$1,560$43,6376First Run Features
54Nostalgia for the Light$4,369--2--$2,185$91,3228Icarus Films
55American: The Bill Hicks Story$4,063-60%4-3$1,016$75,6215Variance Films
56The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,58325%31$1,194$862,25140National Geographic
57Miral$3,472-40%5-5$694$366,7577Weinstein Company
58The Arbor$3,15920%10$3,159$9,9732Strand Releasing
59Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$3,127--1--$3,127$10,16910Tostie Productions
60Vito Bonafacci$3,027--1--$3,027$3,0271CAVU Pictures
62Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$2,588-75%4-5$647$32,9783Variance Films
63Blank City$2,307-26%21$1,154$69,8765Insurgent Releasing
64Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,185-83%4-1$546$143,88934Collective Eye
65Caterpillar$2,109--1--$2,109$2,1091Lorber Films
66Carancho$2,108-32%3-2$703$82,80913Strand Releasing
67Passion Play$2,100--2--$1,050$2,1001Image Entertainment
68The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,078-61%1-3$2,078$93,5006Lorber Films
69The Music Never Stopped$1,809426%73$258$236,8458Roadside Attractions
70Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,781-33%31$594$241,87318First Run Features
71The Warring States$1,741-82%3-20$580$67,9913China Lion Film
72The Human Resources Manager$1,597--2--$799$59,70610Film Movement
73The Strange Case of Angelica$1,4721147%21$736$47,74319Cinema Guild
74Sympathy For Delicious$1,381-85%20$691$13,1142Maya Entertainment
75The Illusionist (2010)$1,230-63%4-6$308$2,231,02420Sony Pictures Classics
76Ceremony$1,05711%1-1$1,057$18,9865Magnolia Pictures
77Dumbstruck$969--1--$969$6,5694Truly Indie
78Making The Boys$959-77%1-2$959$27,9339First Run Features
79Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$805-82%30$268$157,11310Strand Releasing
80My Dog Tulip$671-74%1-1$671$243,10936New Yorker Films
81Another Year$609--1--$609$3,201,43219Sony Pictures Classics
82A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$438--1--$438$9,8624Film Movement
83When Harry Tries to Marry$292--1--$292$38,2613108 Pics
84A Somewhat Gentle Man$287-38%1-1$287$37,54317Strand Releasing
85The Last Lions$21344%42$53$630,04212National Geographic
86Bhutto$17910%1-1$179$100,00923First Run Features