'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, Mar. 16 - Sun, Mar. 18

Wide (1000+)

121 Jump Street$36,302,612--3,121--$11,632$36,302,6121Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$22,764,760-41%3,76923$6,040$158,387,7753Universal
3John Carter$13,569,795-55%3,7490$3,620$53,227,2482Disney
4Project X (2012)$4,044,159-64%2,922-133$1,384$48,170,0053Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$3,733,697-47%2,765-186$1,350$62,454,0664Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$3,632,932-41%1,8955$1,917$11,985,7532Paramount
7Safe House$2,716,795-43%1,920-224$1,415$120,209,8906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$2,388,320-34%1,935-590$1,234$94,994,0066Warner Bros. / New Line
9This Means War$2,141,760-43%1,660-289$1,290$50,541,5425Fox
10Silent House (2012)$2,113,800-68%2,1240$995$10,605,5442Open Road
11The Vow$2,094,103-46%2,175-303$963$121,157,3586Sony / Screen Gems
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,374,996-53%1,016-500$1,353$32,731,3294Lionsgate
13The Artist$1,042,955-50%1,155-350$903$42,108,37417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$859,884-56%1,024-780$840$49,742,2765Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Casa de mi Padre$2,287,239--382--$5,988$2,287,2391Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$1,454,561-28%640271$2,273$4,184,5432Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$855,709--254--$3,369$855,7091Paramount Vantage
7A Separation$470,880-35%2821$1,670$5,562,57012Sony Pictures Classics
8The Iron Lady$426,486-25%4569$935$28,615,75712Weinstein Company
9The Descendants$291,231-57%347-170$839$81,996,04218Fox Searchlight
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$276,449-4%286-1$967$131,648,40114Fox
12Seeking Justice$249,465--231--$1,080$249,4651Anchor Bay Films
13The Woman in Black$241,607-51%305-128$792$53,473,7667CBS Films
14The Secret World of Arrietty$241,430-42%304-197$794$18,019,3665Disney
15Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,494-24%2290$1,037$208,782,80514Paramount
16The Grey$152,78023%21968$698$51,170,0628Open Road
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$144,472-58%156-102$926$43,114,7136Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$141,965-25%188-40$755$74,908,77113Fox
19Big Miracle$130,975-15%236-2$555$19,792,4257Universal
20War Horse$129,47889%200114$647$79,504,53413Disney / DreamWorks
21Red Tails$91,716-20%152-26$603$49,480,7659Fox
22Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$85,691-46%125-83$686$186,677,30414Warner Bros.
23The Adventures of Tintin$80,274-43%123-30$653$77,564,03713Paramount
24Rampart$74,286-1%10648$701$771,6616Millennium Entertainment
25The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$71,967-58%108-103$666$102,515,79313Sony / Columbia
26One For the Money$63,19079%11248$564$26,196,0598Lionsgate
27Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$41,568-64%105-97$396$31,798,90313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$460,536104%6244$7,428$768,9362CBS Films
2Kahaani$263,241-3%537$4,967$625,3952Viva Entertainment
3Being Flynn$146,542229%8876$1,665$266,5283Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$129,5936%400$3,240$17,261,18350Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$102,372-41%86-23$1,190$24,104,11315Focus
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$100,109-36%655$1,540$1,202,29615Oscilloscope
7Jiro Dreams of Sushi$91,214117%64$15,202$156,3542Magnolia Pictures
8Pina$85,701-29%555$1,558$3,173,98113IFC Films
9In Darkness$73,447-36%522$1,412$702,3196Sony Pictures Classics
10Footnote$67,08741%64$11,181$138,8242Sony Pictures Classics
11Hubble 3D$54,4018%20-1$2,720$31,491,161105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Undefeated$52,829-8%218$2,516$330,8885Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,2490%120$4,021$5,033,939973D Entertainment
14The Kid With A Bike$45,933--3--$15,311$45,9331IFC Films
15Under the Sea 3D$43,46315%121$3,622$30,869,036162Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Devil Inside$38,5191620%7767$500$53,245,05511Paramount
17A Dangerous Method$37,684-28%595$639$5,601,75217Sony Pictures Classics
18Chico & Rita$37,13071%229$1,688$247,4556GKIDS
19Coriolanus$33,805-32%212$1,610$531,2839Weinstein Company
20Thin Ice$32,843-49%41-2$801$612,3085IDP/ATO Pictures
21Albert Nobbs$30,607-20%483$638$2,846,3288Roadside Attractions
22Joyful Noise$29,777-49%65-38$458$30,920,16710Warner Bros.
23W.E.$26,704-25%20-4$1,335$428,9677Weinstein Company
24My Week with Marilyn$26,506-67%50-70$530$14,554,94417Weinstein Company
25The Salt of Life$24,283-33%133$1,868$101,6013Zeitgeist Films
26The Muppets$21,928-47%52-32$422$88,586,97617Disney
27The FP$15,465--28--$552$15,4651Drafthouse Films
28Shame$15,103-32%18-2$839$3,924,10516Fox Searchlight
29Haywire$14,263-66%69-13$207$18,934,8589Relativity Media
30Gerhard Richter Painting$13,537--1--$13,537$20,3711Kino Lorber
31Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$11,408-63%26-7$439$168,1653Magnolia Pictures
32Detachment$10,739--2--$5,370$10,7391Tribeca Film
33Natural Selection$10,375--1--$10,375$10,3751Cinema Guild
34Free Men$9,080--2--$4,540$9,0801Film Movement
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$8,378--2--$4,189$298,05822Submarine Deluxe
362012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$7,254-66%10-8$725$1,690,0506Shorts International
37The Forgiveness of Blood$6,928-69%9-3$770$96,7844IFC Films
38Let The Bullets Fly$6,720-43%6-4$1,120$39,8903Variance Films
39Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,286-41%1-1$6,286$20,8222Janus Films
40Carnage (2011)$5,712-66%13-6$439$2,525,38014Sony Pictures Classics
41The Women on the 6th Floor$5,542-39%4-2$1,386$656,66124Strand Releasing
42Love$5,504-64%5-10$1,101$297,3225China Lion Film
43Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,471-4%3-1$1,824$889,36337International Film Circuit
44Sing Your Song$5,127--2--$2,564$39,20110S2BN Films
45Paan Singh Tomar$4,130-46%50$826$39,5673UTV Communications
46Around June$3,060--2--$1,530$3,0601Indican Pictures
47Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,898-42%5-2$580$47,279,36310Disney
48The Understudy$2,296--2--$1,148$2,2961Indican Pictures
49Le Havre$2,279-54%40$570$600,55422Janus Films
50Ranchero$2,240-49%1-1$2,240$19,36536Indican Pictures
51Death of the Virgin$2,146--1--$2,146$24,4186Indican Pictures
52Midnight in Paris$1,821-56%4440$41$56,816,66244Sony Pictures Classics
53The Snowtown Murders$1,548-22%31$516$8,0123IFC Films
54This Is Not A Film$1,426-81%1-1$1,426$36,7863Palisades Tartan
55Addiction Incorporated$1,376-54%4-1$344$36,59714Variance Films
56Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,304-79%3-7$435$177,4724UTV Communications
57Attenberg$1,161-71%10$1,161$7,7622Strand Releasing
58Sound of Noise$1,001-83%1-2$1,001$11,6752Magnolia Pictures
59The Flowers of War$752-80%2-2$376$283,2129Wrekin Hill Entertainment
60On the Ice$743-65%20$372$45,7905PMK*BNC
61Take Shelter$74262%10$742$1,729,96925Sony Pictures Classics
62Reuniting The Rubins$734--2--$367$7341Monterey Media
63The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$715-71%10$715$38,7959First Run Features
64The Skin I Live In$63213%1-4$632$3,184,08823Sony Pictures Classics
65The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$501-64%10$501$2,5412The Film Desk
66Falling Away$468-73%1-1$468$6,8663Indican Pictures
67Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$437--1--$437$19,45435The Film Desk
68The Viral Factor$325-91%1-12$325$220,1459China Lion Film
69Domain$265--1--$265$6,91410Strand Releasing
70Kung Fu Joe$250-50%10$250$12,5166Indican Pictures