'Captain America' Victorious For The Third Time At The Box Office
By Zach Seemayer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier proved it's staying potential by securing the top spot in the weekend box office for a third time, beating its cinematic opponents to a pulp.
Cap managed to rake in $26.6 million, bringing its domestic gross to over $201 million. Overseas, the movie has made a staggering $385.1 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $586.6 million. That is some real money.
Rio 2, the family-friendly film about singing birds, stayed strong against new competitors and remained in second place with $22.5 million.
However, the faith-based film Heaven Is For Real, adapted from a book of the same name, had a massively strong showing. Despite coming in third, it scored $21.5 million off a relatively low $12 million budget, effectively doubling its production costs in its first week of release. If the staying power of the low-budget religious film God's Not Dead is any indication, Heaven Is For Real could prove to be a profit machine for Screen Gems, TriStar and Sony Pictures.
In one of the bigger disappointments of the year so far, the CGI-filled sci-fi thriller Transcendence (with a $100 million production budget), starring an all-star ensemble including fan favorite Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall, debuted in fourth, only managing to earn $11.1 million.
It’s unclear why audiences failed to connect with the film, as its advertising campaign was massive, but it could have something to do with lackluster reviews, earning only 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a meager 44% on Metacritic.
Whatever the reason, this makes for two box office flops in a row for Johnny Depp, and will likely tarnish his reputation as box office gold. It also doesn't fare well for first-time director Wally Pfister, best known for his Oscar-winning cinematography in most of Christopher Nolan's acclaimed films.
In fifth place is newcomer A Haunted House 2, which managed to scare up (sorry) $9.1 million, already more than doubling its $4 million budget. Like so many spoof films before it, minimal production budgets and semi-big named comic stars manage to make most films of this ilk very profitable, while being critically derided (A Haunted House 2 currently has a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes.)
The Kevin Costner sports drama Draft Day, with $5.9 million, came in sixth, followed closely by the young-adult sci-fi actioner Divergent with $5.7 million, bringing its accumulated domestic gross to $133.9 million off an $85 million budget.
In eighth was the mirror-based ghost horror Oculus with $5.2 million. Faith-based films Noah, with an even $5 million, and God's Not Dead, with $4.8 million, round off the box office top ten.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $26.6 million
2. Rio 2 – $22.5 million
3. Heaven Is For Real - $21.5 million
4. Transcendence – $11.1 million
5. A Haunted House 2 - $9.1 million
6. Draft Day - $5.9 million
7. Divergent - $5.7 million
8. Oculus – $5.2 million
9. Noah - $5 million
10. God's Not Dead - $4.8 million