'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, Jun. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Cars 2$66,135,507--4,115--$16,072$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$31,603,106--3,049--$10,365$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern$18,028,056-66%3,8160$4,724$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$12,028,092-44%3,42416$3,513$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$10,145,662-45%3,3423$3,036$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$6,680,480-44%2,633-742$2,537$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$5,574,179-45%2,755-705$2,023$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,928,925-26%2,244-498$2,196$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$4,173,144-54%2,527-942$1,651$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$4,171,047-15%951-87$4,386$28,270,6376Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,328,02614%215100$6,177$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
3Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$617,578-71%891-1633$693$13,447,5483Relativity Media
4Rio (2011)$532,1803%344-64$1,547$139,633,16311Fox
6Fast Five$508,335-42%458-271$1,110$207,752,2109Universal
7Water for Elephants$255,630-16%292-59$875$57,689,23210Fox
8Something Borrowed$226,13512%30391$746$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
9Soul Surfer$208,866-14%240-24$870$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$199,479242%1221$1,635$15,240,45610Disneynature
11The Lincoln Lawyer$137,259-31%189-31$726$57,626,05615Lionsgate
12The Art of Getting By$135,232-80%307-303$440$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
14Jumping the Broom$99,866-53%117-94$854$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
15Source Code$68,638-43%106-55$648$54,532,07313Summit
16Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$55,158-42%114-48$484$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Gerry (2011)$543,74748%950$5,724$1,256,1902Entertainment One Films
3Double Dhamaal$301,831--54--$5,589$301,8311Reliance Big Pictures
4Buck$291,503332%5450$5,398$386,7492IFC Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$225,9423%470$4,807$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Trip (2011)$155,327-12%388$4,088$530,1953IFC Films
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$142,275-41%75-41$1,897$4,423,2779IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$112,500-3%34-2$3,309$26,455,41967Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$97,043--24--$4,043$97,0431Abramorama
11Incendies$69,996-21%62-4$1,129$1,658,63410Sony Pictures Classics
12Turtle: The Incredible Journey$69,389--24--$2,891$69,3891Hannover House
13Beginning of the Great Revival$65,866--29--$2,271$65,8661China Lion Film
14A Better Life$62,087--4--$15,522$62,0871Summit
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$59,32113%110$5,393$3,236,297593D Entertainment
16The Double Hour$49,5145%30-9$1,650$1,238,72811IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Limitless$46,409-37%85-32$546$79,174,22415Relativity Media
18Page One: Inside the New York Times$45,24957%1715$2,662$87,3302Magnolia Pictures
19Submarine$42,103-28%26-2$1,619$288,9424Weinstein Company
21Under the Sea 3D$39,5200%15-1$2,635$28,912,741124Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Bride Flight$33,647-25%19-5$1,771$187,3433Music Box Films
23Jane Eyre (2011)$32,002-30%51-17$627$11,172,83116Focus
24The Names of Love$30,372--5--$6,074$30,3721Music Box Films
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$28,131-44%58-32$485$52,639,18014Fox
26Space Station 3D$25,61963948%20$12,810$83,811,972480IMAX
27Win Win$22,155-50%32-35$692$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
28Bill Cunningham New York$22,043-10%12-7$1,837$1,339,65015Zeitgeist Films
29Trollhunter$20,12551%94$2,236$52,5933Magnolia / Magnet
30Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$19,492-56%46-25$424$52,889,16310Lionsgate
31In a Better World$18,87181%21-3$899$882,00113Sony Pictures Classics
3213 Assassins$18,181-53%21-10$866$712,5179Magnolia / Magnet
33The Beaver$17,12838%6643$260$958,3198Summit
34Everything Must Go$15,636-46%33-22$474$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$15,377--1--$15,377$22,6981Abramorama
36Meek's Cutoff$15,236-44%17-13$896$876,30212Oscilloscope
37The Conspirator$13,426-44%25-19$537$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
38City of Life and Death$13,2930%94$1,477$73,0907Kino International
39The Last Mountain$13,008-36%6-1$2,168$83,1154Dada Films
40I Am (2011)$11,090-37%13-23$853$1,554,57119Paladin
41Rejoice and Shout$11,025251%53$2,205$41,5264Magnolia Pictures
42Viva Riva!$9,326154%52$1,865$31,5983Music Box Films
43Hobo with a Shotgun$9,25528%12-2$771$672,6488Magnolia / Magnet
44The First Grader$8,434-31%11-4$767$316,8197National Geographic
45L'Amour fou$8,320-16%13-1$640$298,7817IFC Films
46Queen to Play$7,290-24%4-5$1,823$344,81113Zeitgeist Films
47Winter in Wartime$7,101-31%10-4$710$517,03615Sony Pictures Classics
48Last Night (2010)$6,682113%51$1,336$108,7998Miramax / Tribeca
49Scream 4$6,406-55%18-21$356$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
50The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,922--1--$5,922$5,9221Rialto Pictures
51Of Gods and Men$5,827-17%7-10$832$3,954,65118Sony Pictures Classics
52If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$5,634--2--$2,817$13,7081Oscilloscope
53Beautiful Boy$5,609-64%4-4$1,402$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
54The Princess of Montpensier$5,30238%115$482$340,91711IFC Films
55Potiche$5,065-39%7-1$724$1,600,65814Music Box Films
56Pianomania$4,819--2--$2,410$8,3935First Run Features
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,620-41%6-4$770$212,64141Collective Eye
58My Perestroika$4,533-38%5-3$907$231,43414International Film Circuit
59How To Live Forever$4,351138%43$1,088$35,0607Variance Films
60Road to Nowhere$3,936-35%4-3$984$20,5983Monterey Media
61Small Town Murder Songs$3,74354%63$624$19,2595Monterey Media
63Leap Year (2011)$2,727--1--$2,727$2,7271Strand Releasing
64WAR: Women Art Revolution$2,554-36%40$639$29,9134Zeitgeist Films
65Battle for Brooklyn$2,253--1--$2,253$15,3032Rumur
66Poetry$1,856--2--$928$349,48320Kino International
67The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,850-50%6-3$308$621,95110Sony Pictures Classics
6835 and Ticking$1,831-45%10$1,831$75,5396Image Entertainment
69Kill the Irishman$1,73010%20$865$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
70Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,722-26%1-1$1,722$26,4887First Run Features
71Raw Faith$1,486--1--$1,486$1,4861Alive Mind Cinema
72Hesher$1,298-53%2-1$649$369,4437Wrekin Hill Entertainment
73Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,062-16%20$531$176,09117Strand Releasing
74The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$833-81%2-1$417$135,50513Lorber Films
75Blank City$792-68%1-1$792$106,82712Insurgent Releasing
76Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$761--2--$381$10,6637Strand Releasing
77Circo$749-56%20$375$67,82113First Run Features
78Film Socialisme$689-37%10$689$22,5214Lorber Films
79Into Eternity$640-68%1-1$640$52,05721International Film Circuit
80The Music Never Stopped$596119%2-1$298$250,00015Roadside Attractions
81Putty Hill$500--1--$500$48,13219Cinema Guild
82Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$251,56125First Run Features
83Octubre$284--1--$284$17,6988New Yorker Films
84Making The Boys$267-57%21$134$32,53716First Run Features
85Korkoro$240-74%1-1$240$7,81014Lorber Films
86The Robber$196-75%1-1$196$69,4899Kino International