'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, Sep. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,286,948-6%2,84365$1,860$124,272,1244Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$2,942,101-19%1,826--$1,611$14,753,0141Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,410,190-23%3,193-153$755$162,550,1785Fox
4Colombiana$2,107,013-23%2,6140$806$24,132,3352Sony / TriStar
5Apollo 18$2,001,285-30%3,328--$601$10,705,5561Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,984,6016%3,007-298$660$31,201,1903Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$1,722,198-34%2,806--$614$10,126,4581Relativity Media
8The Smurfs$1,624,6150%2,706-155$600$133,676,7056Sony / Columbia
9Our Idiot Brother$1,587,365-24%2,5550$621$17,273,5932Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,186,959-34%2,78020$427$17,822,4162FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$954,682-23%1,450-127$658$75,464,7946Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$928,509-8%1,092-236$850$375,552,0938Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$645,219-15%1,050-374$614$172,272,7607Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$622,125-15%1,185-374$525$96,881,6906Universal
15Cars 2$570,57812%2,043--$279$189,256,89511Disney
1630 Minutes or Less$485,254-31%1,355-716$358$35,501,4454Sony / Columbia
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$427,442-36%1,722-1293$248$20,222,1753Lionsgate
18One Day$392,824-19%1,187-538$331$12,699,1393Focus
19Final Destination 5$344,074-36%1,226-859$281$40,887,5614Warner Bros. / New Line
20Fright Night (2011)$280,007-40%1,468-1646$191$17,344,3653Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$484,6893%561--$864$1,801,5991Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$216,993-19%401--$541$78,230,7329Sony / Columbia
3Sarah's Key$213,946-8%31947$671$5,260,6967Weinstein Company
4Midnight in Paris$212,965--402--$530$52,932,73916Sony Pictures Classics
5The Change-Up$194,045-35%539-365$360$35,985,6055Universal
6The Guard$183,433--178--$1,031$2,706,3466Sony Pictures Classics
7Horrible Bosses$182,857-32%422-43$433$115,035,5419Warner Bros. / New Line
8Saving Private Perez$163,725-32%161--$1,017$828,2421Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Transformers: Dark of the Moon$151,787-34%424-94$358$350,500,01210Paramount / DreamWorks
10Kung Fu Panda 2$132,1902%305111$433$164,827,04915Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bad Teacher$81,967-52%986911$83$98,859,54311Sony / Columbia
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$80,351-32%25213$319$67,506,72812Fox
13Super 8$77,622-24%240-2$323$126,529,50913Paramount
14Winnie the Pooh$76,651--352--$218$26,505,3678Disney
16Green Lantern$60,687-14%185-37$328$116,313,41912Warner Bros.
17Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$55,151--186--$297$240,794,58416Disney
18A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$37,040--143--$259$154,6041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Friends With Benefits$34,486-55%161--$214$55,574,3297Sony / Screen Gems
20X-Men: First Class$22,650-48%101-9$224$146,300,00014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$2,524--100--$25$3,096,4518Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$187,601-41%88--$2,132$1,361,7901Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,359-11%490$1,660$12,548,60022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$48,955--47--$1,042$867,8384Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$35,333--70--$505$798,3405IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$30,241--17--$1,779$166,1822Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$29,650-10%6636$449$865,2686Sony / Screen Gems
7Bol$24,976--38--$657$105,3541Eros International
8The Tree of Life$24,877-23%86-11$289$13,013,54915Fox Searchlight
9Another Earth$21,260-8%71-23$299$1,233,1967Fox Searchlight
10Point Blank$20,999--33--$636$481,4946Magnolia / Magnet
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,367-5%64-159$303$11,830,2754Fox
12Buck$17,011--73--$233$3,895,66112IFC Films
13The Devil's Double$15,818-4%49-29$323$1,284,3996Lionsgate
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,983-23%3--$4,994$67,6011Indomina Media
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,344--15--$890$493,2229International Film Circuit
16The Hangover Part II$11,564-61%90-38$128$254,416,43615Warner Bros.
18Love Crime$11,064--5--$2,213$46,4391IFC Films
19Circumstance$10,313-14%114$938$114,3892Roadside Attractions
20Brighton Rock (2011)$9,626--13--$740$92,3002IFC Films
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,802--3--$2,934$39,0291Music Box Films
22The Future$8,284-7%17-5$487$447,7706Roadside Attractions
23Monte Carlo$7,45311%41-50$182$22,944,30510Fox
24The Trip (2011)$6,400--36--$178$1,957,32113IFC Films
25The Names of Love$6,292--0----$423,18511Music Box Films
26Magic Trip$5,779--11--$525$100,1275Magnolia Pictures
27Tabloid$5,272--25--$211$645,8198IFC Films
28Rio (2011)$4,7332%25-14$189$143,618,38421Fox
29Mozart's Sister$4,321--7--$617$102,1023Music Box Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,608--3--$1,203$364,74911Hannover House
31The Interrupters$3,373--10--$337$121,2886Cinema Guild
32In/Sight$3,30521%23--$144$12,8761Check Entertainment
33Terri$3,237--17--$190$621,67610IDP/ATO Pictures
34Life in a Day$2,983--9--$331$225,8616National Geographic
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,942--9--$327$131,9874China Lion Film
36Project Nim$2,634-34%15-1$176$364,5189Roadside Attractions
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,478--5--$496$104,5346Alive Mind Cinema
38Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,400--7--$343$1,040,32512Magnolia Pictures
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$2,390--9--$266$1,144,0459Sony Pictures Classics
40Incendies$2,308--8--$289$6,843,63120Sony Pictures Classics
42Amigo$1,858--10--$186$100,1683Variance Films
43Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,459--1--$1,459$38,4844Lorber Films
44Bride Flight$1,214--10--$121$479,85213Music Box Films
45Space Station 3D$1,200--1--$1,200$84,241,436490IMAX
46I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,190--1--$1,190$4,3081Strand Releasing
47Redemption Road$1,172-5%10-16$117$27,0122Freestyle Releasing
48Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$989-49%12-3$82$1,332,2318Fox Searchlight
49Littlerock$888--3--$296$8,8684Variance Films
50The Tree$804--4--$201$39,9078Zeitgeist Films
51Rebirth (2011)$771--1--$771$6,3031Oscilloscope
525 Days of War$753-2%32$251$15,8933Anchor Bay Films
53Mysteries of Lisbon$747--1--$747$62,3935Music Box Films
54The Last Circus$672--2--$336$15,2173Magnolia / Magnet
55Griff the Invisible$559--2--$280$14,9923Indomina Media
56Vito Bonafacci$541--1--$541$9,21718CAVU Pictures
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$524--3--$175$194,46411Abramorama
59Life, Above All$506--6--$84$94,0018Sony Pictures Classics
60Bill Cunningham New York$490--2--$245$1,485,50225Zeitgeist Films
61Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$482-47%1--$482$3,5361Argot Pictures
62WAR: Women Art Revolution$435--1--$435$46,05914Zeitgeist Films
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$376--0----$267,47311Abramorama
65Rapt$315--2--$158$36,9839Lorber Films
66Trollhunter$281--4--$70$247,33013Magnolia / Magnet
67Little Girl$252--1--$252$7781First Run Features
68The Music Never Stopped$224-3%1--$224$257,75925Roadside Attractions
69Special Treatment$222--1--$222$2,5682First Run Features
70The Perfect Host$141--1--$141$48,43010Magnolia Pictures
71Everything Must Go$130-65%41$33$2,710,34517Roadside Attractions
72In a Better World$100--1--$100$1,007,90823Sony Pictures Classics
73Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$95-73%2--$48$243,66151Collective Eye