'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jul. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$18,805,05142%4,468--$4,209$176,382,2201Summit
2Toy Story 3$12,777,10554%4,0280$3,172$301,883,2983Disney
3The Last Airbender$11,479,21323%3,169--$3,622$69,315,3291Paramount
4Grown Ups$7,003,19037%3,5340$1,982$84,634,3072Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,708,50119%3,1046$1,195$49,460,3482Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$3,031,26336%3,109-631$975$154,554,7804Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,213,03334%2,153-1089$563$70,494,0074Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$490,62048%884-1305$555$57,965,4355Universal
2Shrek Forever After$385,79143%957-1383$403$232,664,4327Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$237,52032%522-647$455$308,530,2979Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$194,31511%600-1251$324$88,338,9866Disney
5Solitary Man$160,1441%176-1$910$2,917,8077Anchor Bay
7Letters to Juliet$149,405-8%340-169$439$51,094,6798Summit
8Sex and the City 2$146,15754%355-546$412$94,223,0996Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$139,74571%303-30$461$216,296,73915Paramount / DreamWorks
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$126,695--111--$1,141$1,604,8774IFC
12Robin Hood$120,88525%378-291$320$104,034,8208Universal
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$76,562--109--$702$9,086,44016Music Box
14The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$65,392--127--$515$5,662,48912Sony Pictures Classics
15Date Night$63,21537%242-44$261$97,697,72313Fox
16Please Give$61,335--145--$423$3,498,14310Sony Pictures Classics
17Jonah Hex$40,66224%350-2475$116$9,978,0853Warner Bros.
18Clash of the Titans (2010)$39,27531%175-51$224$162,955,46414Warner Bros.
19Splice$32,4593%140-200$232$16,571,7015Warner Bros
20Death at a Funeral (2010)$30,39619%136--$224$42,739,34712Sony / Screen Gems
21Furry Vengeance$23,09215%107-50$216$17,489,46410Summit
22A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$12,92730%110-62$118$63,005,87710Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$319,63942%7760$4,151$1,811,9853Fox Searchlight
2I Am Love$193,667--80--$2,421$1,290,4803Magnolia
3Winter's Bone$168,37028%8313$2,029$1,880,5904Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$98,33120%522$1,891$9,776,63616Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Hate Luv Storys$73,205--84--$871$535,2731UTV
6Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$48,648--43--$1,131$584,9894Sony Pictures Classics
7City Island$44,56819%81-24$550$6,365,19616Anchor Bay
8Micmacs$23,569--50--$471$853,0956Sony Classics
9Restrepo$23,501--10--$2,350$142,7112National Geographic
10Mother and Child$22,251--77--$289$934,4149Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,011--31--$646$2,792,14812Producers Distribution Agency
13Just Wright$19,03943%95-16$200$21,329,4338Fox Searchlight
14Harry Brown$18,284--45--$406$1,704,11510Samuel Goldwyn
15The Back-up Plan$17,18133%97-50$177$37,375,68611CBS Films
16The Killer Inside Me$16,838--17--$990$110,8083IFC Films
17Love Ranch$16,133--11--$1,467$74,7761E1 Entertainment
19Under the Sea 3D$15,9113%130$1,224$22,699,92973Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$14,05940%70-35$201$63,803,22116Fox
21The Last Song$12,618--79--$160$62,884,42214Disney
23The Bounty Hunter$11,204-3%67--$167$67,061,22816Sony / Columbia
24South of the Border$11,194--6--$1,866$76,1592Cinema Libre
25Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,973--6--$1,329$106,4162Sony Pictures Classics
27The City of Your Final Destination$6,416--14--$458$441,41012Screen Media Films
28Let It Rain$4,724--5--$945$66,6593IFC
29Holy Rollers$4,283--13--$329$283,62123First Independent Pictures
30God of Vampires$3,465--10--$347$13,8601Nocturnal Features
31Raavan$3,276-23%28-87$117$705,7043Reliance Big Pictures
33The Secret of Kells$2,507-31%14-1$179$658,43718GKIDS
34The Square (2010)$2,19849%5-3$440$394,66213Apparition
35La Mission$2,159--5--$432$1,010,61713Screen Media
36Alice in Wonderland (2010)$1,956--23--$85$334,185,20618Disney
37Princess Kaiulani$1,837-5%5-3$367$838,3088Roadside Attractions
38Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,830--2--$915$169,5306Rialto
39Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,797--9--$200$592,29516Zeitgeist
40Stonewall Uprising$1,770--4--$443$68,2843First Run Features
41The Nature of Existence$1,347--3--$449$11,2743Walking Shadows
42Survival of the Dead$1,221--4--$305$97,7786Magnolia / Magnet
43Only the Brave (2010)$1,103--1--$1,103$141,1846Indican Pictures
44The Joneses$937-14%1-2$937$1,470,56912Roadside Attractions
45Best Worst Movie$926--1--$926$63,60111Area23a
46OSS 117: Lost in Rio$924--3--$308$81,87164Music Box
47Everyone Else$918--3--$306$73,39655Cinema Guild
48Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$902--1--$902$40,1235Indican Pictures
49The Lottery$871--2--$436$42,6154Variance Films
50Only When I Dance$742--1--$742$2,9231Film Movement
51Casino Jack and the United States of Money$685--7--$98$175,6049Magnolia
52Kings of the Evening$647--1--$647$79,38921Indican Pictures
53Cropsey$621--1--$621$28,0005Cinema Purgatorio
54Sweetgrass$585--4--$146$194,50741Cinema Guild
55Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$430--3--$143$23,240,080144National Geographic
56John Rabe$382--2--$191$46,3387Strand
57Small Change (2009 re-issue)$331--1--$331$29,61232The Film Desk
58Chloe$179--3--$60$3,073,82415Sony Pictures Classics
59U2 3D$96--1--$96$10,335,294128National Geographic
60Racing Dreams$66-96%1-1$66$47,7137Hanover House