'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, Jul. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

1The Wolverine$53,113,752--3,924--$13,536$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$22,208,389-47%3,022119$7,349$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,424,135-34%3,476-344$4,725$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$13,740,247-36%3,8093$3,607$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,600,811-42%3,258-233$3,561$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$9,337,197-48%3,0160$3,096$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,703,461-52%2,602-683$2,961$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,914,664-26%2,384-305$2,900$141,309,4085Fox
10Fruitvale Station$4,590,219521%1,0641030$4,314$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$2,854,838-44%1,470-716$1,942$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$2,800,685-46%1,440-626$1,945$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$1,684,417-62%1,267-1006$1,329$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Way, Way Back$3,445,81457%886582$3,889$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$1,579,402--591--$2,672$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$913,848-62%676-778$1,352$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$749,233-59%501-549$1,495$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$728,502-64%498-250$1,463$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$503,525-57%270-352$1,865$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
720 Feet from Stardom$370,518-7%14712$2,521$3,002,7697RADiUS-TWC
9Fast & Furious 6$311,055-3%267-12$1,165$237,614,90510Universal
10Now You See Me$287,148-34%215-118$1,336$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$267,014-20%271-31$985$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
12Star Trek Into Darkness$250,053-35%180-70$1,389$225,602,79611Paramount
13The Internship$201,574-11%197-5$1,023$43,923,1718Fox
14Girl Most Likely$191,352-72%227-124$843$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
15The Croods$178,981-15%194-18$923$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$167,062-15%167-22$1,000$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$117,750-9%1571$750$64,265,6208Universal
18Iron Man 3$116,814-24%124-21$942$407,358,76613Disney
19The Hangover Part III$66,942-41%147-55$455$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Blue Jasmine$612,064--6--$102,011$612,0641Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$172,954128%2116$8,236$295,6672Magnolia Pictures
3Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$149,373-54%60-36$2,490$1,445,4053Reliance Entertainment
4I'm So Excited$143,892-6%7626$1,893$900,1655Sony Pictures Classics
5Only God Forgives$117,544-63%813$1,451$576,2392RADiUS-TWC
6Unfinished Song$113,667-27%82-6$1,386$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
7Before Midnight$112,615-34%78-29$1,444$7,598,76710Sony Pictures Classics
8The Attack$106,474-16%44-2$2,420$1,069,5576Cohen Media Group
9The Hunt$105,91887%4031$2,648$259,1103Magnolia Pictures
10Still Mine$94,29223%3415$2,773$666,9873IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Hubble 3D$81,698-11%161$5,106$39,774,012176Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Mud$78,081-18%73-4$1,070$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$74,602-49%77-18$969$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
14The Bling Ring$49,872-29%34-4$1,467$5,726,5067A24
15The Act of Killing$41,67152%32$13,890$84,0152Drafthouse Films
16Fill the Void$40,790-51%42-19$971$1,644,66610Sony Pictures Classics
17Bajatey Raho$37,801--44--$859$37,8011Eros International
18Space Station 3D$34,70523%20$17,353$88,633,065589IMAX
19Frances Ha$32,121-36%23-9$1,397$3,931,21811IFC Films
20Crystal Fairy$27,3417%1910$1,439$109,1793IFC Films
21Deep Sea 3D$24,844130%96$2,760$45,727,997387Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hannah Arendt$24,794-10%15-6$1,653$438,0649Zeitgeist Films
23Under the Sea 3D$22,559-9%90$2,507$33,338,551233Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$22,169-14%14-3$1,584$13,282,62067Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The East$20,473-43%20-11$1,024$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
26Computer Chess$18,47091%86$2,309$43,0382Kino Lorber
27A Hijacking$17,809-24%19-2$937$354,1246Magnolia Pictures
28Born to Be Wild 3D$17,618-10%183$979$22,783,538121Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Museum Hours$15,588-31%74$2,227$188,1815Cinema Guild
30Pain and Gain$14,870-49%35-35$425$49,768,38714Paramount
31Kon-Tiki$13,72336%145$980$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
32Renoir$13,422--9--$1,491$2,229,53918IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
33The Rooftop$12,503-74%6-11$2,084$74,3732Well Go USA
34Tiny Times$12,294--3--$4,098$12,2941China Lion Film
35Storm Surfers 3D$8,516-48%4-3$2,129$104,74214XLrator Media
36The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,859--1--$7,859$7,8591Rialto Pictures
37Love Is All You Need$7,626-35%9-9$847$1,557,88813Sony Pictures Classics
38Dirty Wars$6,85310%13-4$527$356,0778IFC Films
39Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$6,841-64%8-1$855$83,8994Magnolia Pictures
40Drug War$5,926--1--$5,926$5,9261Variance Films / Well Go USA
41Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$5,31864%42$1,330$143,78215Kino Lorber
42Stories We Tell$4,714-78%14-8$337$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
43What Maisie Knew$4,618-2%6-2$770$1,065,00013Millenium Entertainment
44Byzantium$3,282-24%5-6$656$81,8885IFC Films
45Free the Mind$3,063--3--$1,021$88,86213International Film Circuit
46The Iceman$2,976-61%8-6$372$1,967,21913Millennium Entertainment
47Copperhead$2,782-88%2-34$1,391$161,5155Brainstorm Media
48More Than Honey$2,772-50%2-1$1,386$56,6767Kino Lorber
49One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,573-53%3-2$858$90,17912Zeitgeist Films
50A Band Called Death$2,25610%62$376$110,2145Drafthouse Films
51No Place on Earth$2,088-15%30$696$197,93817Magnolia Pictures
52Pandora's Promise$2,041-43%21$1,021$65,9197Abramorama
53V/H/S/2$1,942-60%5-6$388$21,3683Magnolia / Magnet
54Shadow Dancer$1,88176%2-1$941$99,1349Magnolia Pictures
55The Look of Love$1,842--6--$307$14,5804IFC Films
56Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,645-57%20$823$15,8343Variance Films
57Stuck in Love$1,557-20%1-2$1,557$72,1584Millennium Entertainment
58At Any Price$1,43145%40$358$379,79114Sony Pictures Classics
59The Company You Keep$1,259-87%6-3$210$5,132,44217Sony Pictures Classics
60Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,112--2--$556$362,08522International Film Circuit
61Augustine$1,080-74%2-2$540$97,45011Music Box Films
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$930-71%1-1$930$65,97514Variance Films
63Viola$924-32%21$462$14,7123Cinema Guild
64The Wall$798-36%10$798$22,4129Music Box Films
65Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$797-45%20$399$104,80415Kino Lorber
66You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$621--2--$311$15,1708Kino Lorber
67Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$42,50315Rialto Pictures
68Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$23,73521Rialto Pictures
69The Silence$472--2--$236$95,14121Music Box Films
70√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$43458%10$434$14,8108Magnolia Pictures
71Searching For Sugar Man$356-45%21$178$3,692,40253Sony Pictures Classics
72Sound City$270--1--$270$419,36126Variance Films
73The History of Future Folk$176--1--$176$15,9439Variance / FilmBuff