There were several films that failed to meet expectations at the box office this weekend, including our first box office bomb of 2014.
Coming in at number 1 for the third weekend in a row is Captain America: The Winter Soldier with $26.6 million. Now at $201 million domestic and $586 million worldwide, Captain America 2 has already solidified its place as a top earner for both 2014 and Marvel Studios. And with a clear path till summer, we wouldn’t be surprised if Cap 2 held the top spot for at least one more weekend.
Rio 2 repeats at number 2 with $22.5 million, despite an unusually steep (for an animated film) 42% drop-off. Fox’s animated sequel is now trailing about $5 million behind its predecessor, but it should still turn a decent profit overall. Rio 2 has made $75 million so far.
The faith-based film Heaven is for Real comes in at number 3 this weekend with $21.5 million. Timing is everything, as they say, and Heaven is for Real reaped the benefits of an Easter weekend debut. The film actually opened this past Wednesday, and is up to $28 million total.
In at number 4 is Transcendence (read our review) with an extremely disappointing $11.1 million. Heading into the week, moviegoers were eager to see how longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister could do as director, but unfortunately early reviews for Transcendence suggested Pfister’s freshman effort was not up to par.
Given those low-end reviews, most expected the film would underperform, but Transcendence flat out bombed this weekend, giving star Johnny Depp one of his worst opening weekends ever. Needless to say, Transcendence has no hope of making back its reported $100 million production budget stateside.
Rounding out the top 5 is A Haunted House 2 (read our review) with $9.1 million. Although the first A Haunted House opened with a surprisingly strong $18 million, its sequel couldn’t muster more than half of that.
That being said, A Haunted House 2 has already doubled its $4 million production budget, which means the film will likely turn a profit when all is said and done. Hopefully, though, this poor opening weekend performance can put this franchise to bed.
Coming in at number 6 is Draft Day with $5.9 million. The Kevin Costner NFL dramedy struggled in its opening weekend and that trend continues in its second. So far, Draft Day has banked a paltry $19 million.
The number 7 film this weekend is Divergent with $5.7 million. Lionsgate and Summit’s YA adaptation is still trucking along in the top 10 and has grossed $133 million after 5 weeks. Divergent is certainly not the global phenomenon that some of its biggest competitors are, grossing only $209 million worldwide, but the series should find greater success with its second entry.
Oculus falls to number 8 in its second week of release with $5.2 million. While it’s not unheard of for a horror movie to fall off substantial after its opening weekend, Oculus‘ decline suggests the film didn’t have the staying power that the big genre hits typically have. The film has grossed $21 million so far.
In at number 9 is Noah with $5 million. Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic is now up to $93 million domestic and $290 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top 10 is God’s Not Dead with $4.8 million. Like Heaven is for Real, this faith-based film, now in its fifth week of release, benefited from the Easter weekend. God’s Not Dead is now up to $48 million.
Outside the top 10: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pulled in $47 million in 14 international markets over the weekend, which is about on par with the first film over that same time span and in the same markets. The film gets another weekend overseas before hitting North American theaters on May 2nd.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 21st - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo