'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. 22 - Sun, Nov. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$158,074,286--4,163--$37,971$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$14,196,302-61%3,713-128$3,823$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$12,490,920-59%2,04117$6,120$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$7,944,977--3,036--$2,617$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$5,363,208-34%3,071-439$1,746$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$4,359,075-48%2,926-311$1,490$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,433,864-54%2,625-565$1,308$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$3,210,155-47%1,845-715$1,740$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$2,833,635-38%1,47463$1,922$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$1,977,106-67%2,035-1201$972$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$1,821,366-58%1,656-970$1,100$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$1,249,500-63%1,050-230$1,190$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$862,893-56%1,121-524$770$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Dallas Buyers Club$2,687,15753%666482$4,035$6,374,0584Focus
2The Christmas Candle$832,9271113%392387$2,125$912,9082EchoLight Studios
3Ram-Leela$467,546-68%2040$2,292$2,269,3582Eros International
4All Is Lost$363,864-60%347-136$1,049$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
5Despicable Me 2$343,695-18%295-10$1,165$366,375,65021Universal
6Enough Said$244,746-51%233-160$1,050$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
7Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$199,463--112--$1,781$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
8Blue Is the Warmest Color$183,007-31%14234$1,289$1,447,5055IFC Films
9Escape Plan$134,431-76%267-420$503$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
10Prisoners$129,419-46%255-100$508$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
12We're the Millers$114,156-48%195-108$585$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$106,884-30%185-30$578$68,062,80716Fox
14Insidious Chapter 2$105,66512%18518$571$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
15Carrie (2013)$71,253-87%210-723$339$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
16The Counselor$63,084-82%129-352$489$16,797,9195Fox
17The Family (2013)$62,656366%12696$497$36,719,25311Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$56,297-43%124-52$454$115,570,23415Weinstein Company
19Elysium$53,059-55%114-67$465$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
20Monsters University$50,354-44%117-28$430$268,384,64223Disney
21Krrish3$25,469-82%2080$122$2,179,9484Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Book Thief$609,65245%7041$8,709$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$325,755132%2824$11,634$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$243,390--1--$243,390$243,3901Disney
4Singh Saab the Great$138,127--54--$2,558$138,1271Eros International
5Philomena$128,435--4--$32,109$128,4351Weinstein Company
6Kill Your Darlings$100,037-16%787$1,283$643,1706Sony Pictures Classics
7Instructions Not Included$58,72689%8033$734$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Great Beauty$52,355123%32$17,452$91,0542Janus Films
9I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,189-57%17-38$3,011$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
10Blue Jasmine$48,385-24%43-9$1,125$32,692,39718Sony Pictures Classics
11The Armstrong Lie$43,0755%3719$1,164$145,6073Sony Pictures Classics
12The Saratov Approach$38,957-57%34-7$1,146$1,325,2197Purdie Distribution
13Hubble 3D$36,511-16%11-1$3,319$41,328,313193Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Don Jon$30,980-49%36-12$861$24,257,0909Relativity Media
15Turbo$30,351-21%46-7$660$82,967,51219Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$28,934--3--$9,645$28,9341IFC Films
17The Wolverine$23,982-36%43-22$558$132,517,78118Fox
18Baggage Claim$22,380-62%46-62$487$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
19Wadjda$19,820-40%24-16$826$1,319,80611Sony Pictures Classics
20Great Expectations (2013)$19,036-75%35-50$544$258,6563Main Street Films
21Space Station 3D$15,28726%3-1$5,096$89,414,509606IMAX
22Muscle Shoals$13,780-69%25-19$551$607,3239Magnolia Pictures
23The Heat$8,761-5%25-2$350$159,557,07022Fox
24Austenland$8,420-41%19-7$443$2,122,03715Sony Pictures Classics
25Diana$8,054-85%26-57$310$331,6354eOne Films US
26Faust$7,826-22%42$1,957$23,9902Leisure Time Features
27Deep Sea 3D$7,603-4%42$1,901$45,979,996404Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Short Term 12$7,166-20%13-2$551$993,93814Cinedigm
29To the Arctic 3D$7,114-20%90$790$13,671,41884Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Runner Runner$6,326-73%38-38$166$19,303,8398Fox
31In a World...$6,272-51%90$697$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
32Narco Cultura$6,093--1--$6,093$6,0931Cinedigm
33Spinning Plates$5,827-50%5-1$1,165$86,8935The Film Arcade
34The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,679-35%3-1$1,893$44,0074Zeitgeist Films
3520 Feet from Stardom$5,308-19%70$758$4,770,41724RADiUS-TWC
36Go for Sisters$5,303-28%31$1,768$23,2273Variance Films
37Inequality for All$5,079-56%13-7$391$1,158,3529RADiUS-TWC
38Bettie Page Reveals All$4,846--1--$4,846$4,8461Music Box Films
39Grace Unplugged$4,792-58%10-19$479$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
40The World's End$4,40216%6-2$734$25,996,22514Focus
41A Touch of Sin$3,63976%1-4$3,639$91,7148Kino Lorber
42God Loves Uganda$3,599-36%2-1$1,800$41,5987Variance Films
43Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,413-67%12-17$284$1,153,9387Relativity Media
44Contracted$3,328--3--$1,109$3,3281IFC Midnight
45The Fifth Estate$3,170-81%16-64$198$3,251,9146Disney / DreamWorks
46I Am Divine$2,0077%53$401$42,5507The Film Collaborative
47Reaching for the Moon$1,799-80%1-1$1,799$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
48Born to Be Wild 3D$1,755-68%8-3$219$23,096,076138Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,733-44%1-2$1,733$58,3419Rialto Pictures
50Under the Sea 3D$1,688-57%5-4$338$33,671,660250Warner Bros. / IMAX
51How I Live Now$1,671-77%7-14$239$58,8833Magnolia Pictures
52The Spectacular Now$1,3261%7-1$189$6,851,96917A24
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$995-18%21$498$6,9654International Film Circuit
54Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
55Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$872--1--$872$37,43912Kino Lorber
56Good Ol' Freda$693-50%4-5$173$135,03912Magnolia Pictures
57Let the Fire Burn$678-61%30$226$48,6338Zeitgeist Films
58Camille Claudel 1915$67745%20$339$21,9606Kino Lorber
59The Act of Killing$637-72%20$319$450,82719Drafthouse Films
60The Patience Stone$615-59%30$205$148,40815Sony Pictures Classics
61Running From Crazy$590-85%1-2$590$33,1944Vitagraph Films
62The Ghosts in Our Machine$471-91%1-1$471$18,0793Ghosts Media Inc.
63The Trials of Muhammad Ali$392-70%1-3$392$57,57914Kino Lorber
64When Comedy Went to School$373-82%1-1$373$226,28117International Film Circuit
65Mr. Nobody$312255%10$312$3,3844Magnolia Pictures
66Big Sur$304-63%10$304$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment
67Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$214-61%10$214$13,9247First Run Features