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April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier surged to its third straight win over the weekend, while Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, foundered with his fourth straight flop. The latest Marvel action flick, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, took in an estimated $26.6 million over the Easter weekend to push its domestic total past $200 million to $201.5 million. In 15 days it has already taken in more than the $177 million that the original Captain America earned during its entire domestic theatrical run. Fox’s animated family film Rio 2 remained a strong challenger as it repeated in second place with around $22.5 million. But the real surprise performer was the faith-based drama Heaven Is for Real, which pulled in about $21.5 million. The low-budget film, which has now taken in $28.5 million since opening last Wednesday, was the fourth faith-based film to score solidly at the box office this year, following the success of Noah, God’s Not Dead and Son of God. It reportedly had cost just $5 million to produce. But if the success of Heaven Is for Real turned out to be a surprise, the utter disintegration of Johnny Depp’s Transcendance turned out to be a downright shocker. Most analysts had expected that despite mostly negative reviews, many of them citing a confusing script, the film, which had cost about $100 million to produce, would challenge Captain America strongly and earn $20-25 million. More conservative analysts warned that it might not hit $20 million. In the end, it wound up with just $11.1 million, to finish fourth. Another new film, the horror comedy, A Haunted Hoouse 2, also disappointed with just $8.8 million. And the DisneyNature documentary Bears just made it into the top ten list with $4.8 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:
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, $11.2 million; 5. A Haunted House 2, $9.1 million; 6. Draft Day, $5.9 million; 7. Divergent, $5.75 million; 8. Oculus, $5.2 million; 9. Noah, $5 million; 10. God’s Not Dead, $4.8 million.