BOX OFFICE REPORT April 11-13, 2014(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
TOP 51. Captain America II ($41.3 million)2. Rio 2 ($39.0 million)3. Oculus ($12.0 million)4. Draft Day ($9.75 million)5. Divergent ($7.5 million)
Once more, Captain America defended the country against evil shadow forces and the box office against all competitors. The Winter Soldier held the No. 1 spot again, narrowly beating out the animated birds of Rio 2. The Marvel sequel should surpass the original ($176.6 million) by next week.
The birds only made a few thousand less in their second outing than the first go-round. But that was still well above the competition. Oculus, the low-budget horror movie starring former Doctor Who companion Ksren Gillan, already more than doubled its budget, taking in around $12 million.
That's even more sad news for the Cleveland Browns, who can't even beat a tiny horror flick with a cast unknown to most of the movie-going public. Oculus beat out Draft Day, about the fictional beleaguered GM of the football franchise that's had more staph infection lawsuits since 1999 than playoff wins. Kevin Costner's failed comeback attempt No. 3 (following Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days to Kill) only made a weak $9.75 million in its first weekend. That's got to hit worse than getting sacked by a defensive tackle.
Outside the top 5: - This Weekend's Indie Champ: Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire hang-out movie, starring possible vampires Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddelston. The stylish flick averaged $24,250 on each of its four screens.
- Joe, Nicolas Cage's come-back effort, couldn't even beat a documentary in its third week (Finding Vivian Meier) that was playing on less than half the screens.
- The Raid 2 punched its way to No. 11 this week, playing on nearly 1,000 screens and taking in more than $1 million.
Next week: Captain America might make it three weeks on top, but it's got serious competition from Transcendence, the techno-thriller from Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer for most of Christopher Nolan's movies. I think it narrowly edges out Cap with $25 million. But keep an eye out for Heaven is for Real, the latest faith-based movie to earn serious bucks. This one has the advantage of having a competent cast (Greg Kinnear, Margo Martindale) and director (Randall Wallace, We Were Soldiers). It could easily make $18 million, which will hopefully be more than horror spoof A Haunted House 2. The less said about that the better.