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Box office report: 'Captain America' continues box office dominance

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Cap has staying power. The red, white and blue superhero topped the April 18-20 weekend box office for the third consecutive week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier to beat newcomer Transcendence, Johnny Depp’s latest effort about a scientist working on artificial intelligence.

The Winter Soldier pulled in an estimated $26.6 million at the box office, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, a media tracking firm. That take propelled the film to a $201.5 million domestically making it the 12th Marvel Comics based movie to pass that mark.

It held off a new Depp’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, a film panned by critics and one that audiences appear to agree on for a change. It managed to pull in just $11.5 million over the holiday weekend for fourth place. It continues a slump for Depp whose last film, The Lone Ranger, suffered the same fate with critics and movie fans.

A Haunted House 2, the latest comedy from Marlon Wayans, found just a small audience as well, grossing just $9.1 million for fifth place at the box office. It’s not a surprise because Wayans hasn’t exactly maintained a high profile in recent years.

So what else were audiences going to see for the Easter Weekend? Releasing a faith-based movie in Heaven Is For Real paid off for Columbia Pictures. The film, a story about a boy’s near-death experience, grossed $21.5 million for third place at the box office.

And animation will always sell on a holiday weekend. That fact is giving Rio 2 the wings to stay afloat at the top of the chart at second place with $22.5 million.

The weekend continues a positive trajectory for movie studios as they prepare for the lucrative summer movie season which unofficially begins May 2nd with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – in mid-spring. It is expected to be one of many blockbuster releases for the season.

Currently the year’s cumulative box office stands at $2.98 billion versus last year’s $2.74 billion, according to Rentrak figures. That is 8.6 percent better than this time last year.

Here are this week’s Top 10 films according to box office data provided by Rentrak:

Captain America (Marvel/Disney): $26.6 million
Rio 2 (Fox): $22.5 million
Heaven Is For Real (Columbia): $21.5 million
Transcendence (Warner Bros.): $11.5 million
A Haunted House 2 (Open Road): $9.1 million
Draft Day (Lionsgate): $5.9 million
Divergent (Lionsgate): $5.75 million
Oculus (Relativity Media): $5.2 million
Noah (Paramount): $5 million
God’s Not Dead (Freestyle): $4.8 million

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