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'Captain' Three-peats, 'Heaven' Rises Over Easter Weekend

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Among new releases, faith-based drama Heaven is for Real destroyed Johnny Depp's Transcendence this weekend. Still, it couldn't match Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which held on to first place for the third weekend in a row.The Marvel sequel added $26.6 million this weekend, which represents a light 36 percent decline. It reached $200 million on Sunday, and should pass Thor: The Dark World in the next few days.Rio 2 repeated in second place with $22.5 million. Its 43 percent drop was much steeper than the first Rio's 33 percent dip on the exact same weekend in 2011. Through 10 days, the animated sequel has grossed $75.4 million.Playing at 2,417 locations, Heaven is for Real earned an excellent $21.5 million this weekend. Add in its Wednesday and Thursday grosses, and the faith-based true story has already grossed $28.5 million.Along with Son of God and God's Not Dead, this is the third faith-based hit in 2014 so far (you could include Noah as well, »


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'Transcendence' Tanks, 'Cap' Holds Off 'Rio' on Good Friday

19 April 2014 9:09 AM, PDT

For the second week in a row, the top spot is going to be a toss-up between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's Transcendence got off to a horrible start on Good Friday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend around $12 million.Captain America: The Winter Soldier took first place with an estimated $9.6 million. In its 15th day in theaters, it passed the lifetime gross of the first Captain America ($176.7 million). So far, it's earned $184.5 million, and could cross $200 million on Sunday.Rio 2 was a close second with $9.2 million, which is off from the first Rio's $10.7 million Good Friday gross. For the weekend, Rio 2 should wind up with at least $23 million.After putting up strong mid-week numbers, Heaven is for Real continued to attract large crowds on Good Friday. The faith-based true story added $7.9 million, which brings its three-day total to nearly $15 million. »


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Forecast: 'Transcendence' to Trail 'Rio,' 'Captain America' Over Easter... >

17 April 2014 5:04 PM, PDT

Friday Am Update: Transcendence earned an estimated $850,000 from Thursday night shows. Among recent releases, that's around half of Noah's $1.6 million start, and around a quarter of 300: Rise of An Empire's $3.6 million. That's an especially disappointing number considering how many people are off from work or school for Good Friday. For the weekend, Transcendence may fall short of $20 million.Forecast: Four new movies hit theaters over Easter weekend, though the fight for first place will likely be a rematch between holdovers Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2.This is because the weekend's highest-profile release, Transcendence, is limping in to theaters with little buzz and horrible reviews. The movie is enough of a curiosity that it won't be a complete disaster, but there is a chance it winds up below $20 million. That would put it close to Heaven is for Real, which got a strong start on Wednesday. Meanwhile, »


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Forecast: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Gets Early Start Overseas

16 April 2014 5:09 PM, PDT

Two weeks ahead of its U.S. debut, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins its international roll-out this weekend. It opens in 15 markets, including major territories like Australia, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.The sequel arrives less than two years after The Amazing Spider-Man, a franchise reboot that earned over $750 million worldwide. While that's an impressive tally, it marked a new low for the Spider-Man character. That drop can be attributed in large part to declining interest in the U.S., where each movie has earned less than its predecessor (this one was down 22 percent). With franchise fatigue in full effect, it would be surprising if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bucked this trend.As is commonplace nowadays, it's up to international markets to pick up the slack. All four previous Spider-Man movies have earned over $400 million outside of the U.S., and the last one ranks second with $490 million. »


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'The Raid 2': Our Fear of Subtitles Strikes Again

15 April 2014 4:04 PM, PDT

This past weekend, Indonesian action movie The Raid 2 expanded nationwide in to 954 theaters. It was arriving two years after its predecessor earned $4.1 million total, so box office expectations weren't particularly high for this outing.Still, there was some hope that the sequel could at least top the first movie. After all, The Raid: Redemption has surely built up some kind of fan base through two years of home video viewing. The Raid 2 promised more of the same kind of brutal action, but on a much bigger scale: instead of being set exclusively in one building, The Raid 2 is a sprawling crime epic. Also, the reviews were generally enthusiastic (79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and there were very loud and very enthusiastic proponents of the movie (the poster dubbed it "one of the greatest action movies ever made.")Therefore, it came as a bit of a surprise when The Raid 2 »


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