B.O. Roundup, April 18-20: 'Captain America 2' Still on Top over Easter Weekend

Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:48 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, April 18-20: 'Captain America 2' Still on Top over Easter Weekend

The box office Easter Egg hunt went quite well for a patriotic superhero, a bunch of blue macaws, and a family-friendly drama about the afterlife.

It didn't go quite so well for Johny Depp.

After narrowly beating out Rio 2 last week, Captain America: The Winter Soldier cleanly took the top spot for the third consecutive frame, earning an estimated $26.6 million from 3,825 locations in North America.  The well-reviewed Marvel Studios sequel has now crossed the $200 million mark with $201.5 million domestically.

Internationally, Cap's second solo adventure continues to rake it in, bringing its worldwide total to $586.6 million.  This weekend's second-place movie, Rio 2, is itself on the cusp of breaking $200 million in foreign markets.  At home, Rio 2 landed in second place with an estimated $22.5 million from 3,975 theaters, bringing its ten-day domestic total to $75.3 million.

In third place is Heaven is for Real, a drama based on the bestselling book of the same name.  Starring Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly, the film played exceptionally well to religious audiences, but TriStar opted to market Heaven is for Real to a wider audience.  It paid off, as the movie debuted in third place, grossing $21.5 million from 2,417 locations, according to estimates.  Since the film got a jump on the weekend by opening last Wednesday, Heaven is for Real has now collected $28.5 million.

Then there's Transcendence, the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister starring Johnny Depp and a formidable ensemble.  Despite Depp's profile, Transcendence opened disappointingly, bringing in an estimated $11.5 million from 3,455 theaters.

Following The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, and The Rum Diary, this marks the fourth-consecutive disappointing debut from a Depp vehicle.  Given that Transcendence had a production budget in the neighborhood of $100 million, its an inauspicious holiday weekend for both Depp and Pfister, particularly since the movie is taking a critical shellacking.

In fifth place is another new release, the sequel A Haunted House 2.  The latest in a long line of horror spoofs starring Marlon Wayans debuted in 2,310 locations, from which it drew an estimated $9.1 million.  Last year's A Haunted House opened to over $18 million, suggesting that this franchise is running out of gas already.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the Easter weekend:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier..............................$26.6 million...............$201.5 million

2. Rio 2....................................................................................$22.5 million...............$75.3 million

3. Heaven is for Real..............................................................$21.5 million...............$28.5 million

4. Transcendence...................................................................$11.5 million...............New Release

5. A Haunted House 2............................................................$9.1 million.................New Release

6. Draft Day............................................................................$5.9 million.................$19.5 million

7. Divergent............................................................................$5.7 million.................$133.9 million

8. Oculus.................................................................................$5.2 million.................$21.1 million

9. Noah...................................................................................$5.0 million.................$93.2 million

10. God's Not Dead...............................................................$4.8 million.................$48.3 million

The upcoming Friday finds several new films opening in wide release, led by the Paul Walker parkour extravaganza Brick Mansions.  Also dropping soon are The Other Woman and The Quiet Ones.


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