NORTH AMERICA: 'Captain America 2' Tops 'Heaven is for Real' in Tight Race on Thursday
on April 24, 2014
By Daniel Garris
Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier moved back into first place on Thursday with $1.765 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Marvel topped Sony's Heaven is for Real by an extremely slim $4,048 for the day. The Winter Soldier was essentially unchanged from Wednesday' performance and down 59 percent from last Thursday's Holy Week inflated performance. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the week's top film with a weekly take of $33.93 million. That was down 41 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a strong $208.84 million.
Heaven is for Real placed in a very close second with $1.761 million. The break-out faith-based drama slid 6 percent from Wednesday and 47 percent from last Thursday. Heaven is for Real took second place for the week with $31.08 million and has grossed a stronger than expected $38.11 million through its first nine days of release. Given its strong holding power thus far and an expansion into an additional 2,705 locations today, Heaven is for Real is likely to hold up very nicely over the weekend.
Fox's Rio 2 held steady in third place with $1.51 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios fell 10 percent from Wednesday and 62 percent from last Thursday. Rio 2 placed in third for the week with $29.62 million. That was down 44 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very solid $82.51 million. Rio 2 is currently running 7.5 percent behind the $89.23 million 14-day take of 2011's Rio.
Warner's Transcendence wrapped up its extremely disappointing first week of release with a fourth place take of $0.687 million. The pricey sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp was down 10 percent from Wednesday, which is a poor sign for the film heading into the weekend. Transcendence debuted well below already relatively modest expectations this week with a fourth place seven-day start of just $14.37 million. Given its performance thus far, it won't be long before Transcendence fades away from theatres.
Bears rounded out Thursday's top five with $0.578 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature was down 5 percent from Wednesday. While Bears performed poorer than widely expected over the weekend, it has made up for that slightly by holding up well throughout the midweek. Bears placed in eighth for the week with a seven-day start of $7.55 million. That was 9 percent softer than the $8.27 million seven-day start of 2011's African Cats.
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