Grosses

'Captain America 2' Still #1 with $26.6M; 'Heaven is for Real' Breaks Out with $21.5M; 'Transcendence' BombsApril 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in an estimated $26.61 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Marvel is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone on Sunday, making it the second release of 2014 to reach the milestone (The LEGO Movie being the first). Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 36 percent from last weekend, which indicates that strong word of mouth is really starting to kick in for the film. With a 17-day take of $201.53 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now running 20 percent ahead of the $167.92 million 17-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World and will soon surpass that film's final domestic gross of $206.36 million.

Fox's Rio 2 held steady in second place with an estimated $22.5 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 43 percent from last weekend. That represented a harsher second weekend decline than 2011's Rio experienced, when it fell 33 percent to gross $26.32 million. Rio 2 has grossed $75.36 million through ten days of release. That is 7 percent softer than the $80.81 million ten-day take of Rio, but Rio 2 is still performing well in its own right, especially when considering its strength overseas. With the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 is likely to stabilize going forward.

Heaven is for Real exceeded its rapidly rising expectations this weekend with an estimated third place start of $21.5 million. The low-budget faith-based drama from Sony has grossed $28.53 million in its first five days of release. With a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.33 to 1, Heaven is for Real clearly built up momentum once the weekend arrived, as moviegoers were in the mood to catch the film over Easter weekend. The five-day start for Heaven is for Real was an impressive 12 percent stronger than the $25.39 million five-day launch of The Last Song over Easter weekend back in 2010.

Heaven is for Real took in $7.85 million on Good Friday, increased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $8.26 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to gross $5.39 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.74 to 1 is extremely strong for a faith-based film over Easter weekend and is a good early sign going forward. The film's A rating on CinemaScore is also a strong sign for the film. The audience breakdown for Heaven is for Real skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (62 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 35 years and older (51 percent).

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Warner's Transcendence bombed this weekend with an estimated fourth place start of just $11.15 million. The pricey sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp had been widely expected to get off to a lackluster start this weekend, but the film was ultimately unable to live up to its relatively modest expectations for a film of its cost. Clearly, the film's largely negative critical reviews didn't help matters this weekend. The opening weekend performance of Transcendence was quite similar to the $11.59 million launch of Grindhouse over Easter weekend back in 2007.

Transcendence opened with $4.85 million on Friday (with an alarmingly high $850,000 of that total coming from Thursday night shows), fell a harsh 21 percent on Saturday to take in $3.82 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.30 to 1 is soft for a film aimed at adult audiences over Easter weekend. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (56 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Transcendence looks to fade away from theatres quickly, especially with it having received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Also off to a lackluster start this weekend was Open Road's A Haunted House 2. The low-budget horror comedy sequel starring Marlon Wayans debuted in fifth with an estimated $9.1 million. That was below pre-release expectations and was a disappointing 50 percent softer than the $18.10 million start of last year's A Haunted House. A Haunted House 2 opened with $4.04 million on Friday, fell 25 percent to take in $3.03 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.03 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.25 to 1. A Haunted House 2 received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore and is extremely likely to be front-loaded towards its opening weekend performance.

The weekend's other new wide release, Bears, debuted in eleventh with an estimated $4.77 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature opened softer than was widely anticipated and 20 percent below the $6.00 million start of African Cats over Easter weekend back in 2011. However, it should be noted that African Cats did have the added advantage of having Earth Day fall on its opening Friday. With Earth Day falling this coming Tuesday, Bears is likely to hold up nicely during the midweek. The film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$13,177,790--2,823--$4,668$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$11,416,164--2,670--$4,276$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$10,876,732-47%2,2060$4,931$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$7,341,976-64%2,8740$2,555$32,114,3602Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$6,884,964--3,030--$2,272$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$6,620,133-31%3,3980$1,948$92,187,9034Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$5,287,889-16%2,607-574$2,028$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$4,800,758-30%2,663-445$1,803$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
9Inception$4,572,249-6%1,704-366$2,683$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$3,533,925-25%2,708-90$1,305$22,399,9003Universal
11Vampires Suck$3,196,167-39%2,434-799$1,313$32,494,8243Fox
12The Switch (2010)$3,119,557-32%1,885-132$1,655$21,494,6973Miramax
13Despicable Me$2,984,0154%1,600-233$1,865$240,434,9659Universal
14Piranha 3D$2,432,258-43%1,789-702$1,360$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Lottery Ticket$2,151,388-44%1,310-663$1,642$20,509,0853Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$1,944,80192%1,520920$1,279$408,100,17412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$2,257,595-44%8120$2,780$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,553,475-38%807-759$1,925$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$1,257,471-33%705-463$1,784$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Get Low$1,204,465-27%560-10$2,151$5,403,3976Sony Pictures Classics
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,031,661-42%804-697$1,283$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$794,628-35%434-467$1,831$41,083,5405Disney
7Grown Ups$602,662125%383120$1,574$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$466,048-31%455-368$1,024$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$447,51669%35745$1,254$61,623,5278Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$434,120-16%396-80$1,096$298,687,34110Summit
11The Kids Are All Right$393,425-25%239-103$1,646$19,790,6479Focus
12The Last Airbender$321,488-23%257-49$1,251$131,058,41910Paramount
13Hubble 3D$278,1196%123-28$2,261$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Ramona and Beezus$265,647-17%305-49$871$25,205,0487Fox
15The Karate Kid (2010)$246,132-1%227-28$1,084$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$236,420-20%157-19$1,506$6,577,8199Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$195,3581%179-28$1,091$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$155,110-27%220-113$705$30,966,9006Universal
19Knight and Day$136,333-25%142-87$960$76,203,92211Fox
20Predators$100,312-34%111-76$904$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$338,17913%9520$3,560$1,676,1893Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$296,907--78--$3,807$296,9071UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$173,596-5%557$3,156$857,0975IFC
4The Tillman Story$136,399331%2419$5,683$260,4793Weinstein Company
5Winter's Bone$117,359-17%90-27$1,304$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
6Animal Kingdom$111,583-10%5617$1,993$536,5054Sony Pictures Classics
7What If...$106,3959%6914$1,542$289,0793Five & Two Pictures
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$91,376-40%346$2,688$307,4532Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$74,449--31--$2,402$74,4491Music Box
10Under the Sea 3D$63,69418%160$3,981$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
11I Am Love$63,555-2%49-3$1,297$4,673,07312Magnolia
12The A-Team$58,938-12%54-38$1,091$77,179,35713Fox
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$53,379-50%93-64$574$90,684,97615Disney
14Flipped$50,905-28%282$1,818$751,0465Warner Bros.
15The Concert$45,001-14%200$2,250$439,2467Weinstein Company
16Soul Kitchen$43,422255%156$2,895$111,3703IFC
17The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$38,059-25%18-3$2,114$413,6015National Geographic
18Marmaduke$37,459-7%45-21$832$33,620,74114Fox
19Lebanon$31,32112%173$1,842$192,12247Sony Pictures Classics
20Restrepo$29,801-27%33-4$903$1,172,86111National Geographic
21Peepli Live$29,695-51%26-19$1,142$748,1284UTV Communications
22Centurion$28,730-33%197$1,512$90,7602Magnolia
23A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$27,330--5--$5,466$27,3301Sony Pictures Classics
24Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$25,884-29%18-3$1,438$485,1947NeoClassics
25The Extra Man$23,705-9%284$847$369,4626Magnolia
26Last Train Home$20,418--1--$20,418$20,4181Zeitgeist Films
27The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$18,006-20%24-5$750$10,014,65025Music Box
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,5792%24-4$649$1,619,66913Sony Pictures Classics
29Cyrus$14,874-9%26-6$572$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
30A Film Unfinished$14,203-30%50$2,841$119,6823Oscilloscope
31Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,452-2%72$1,922$194,8067Arthouse Films
32Agora$13,109106%6-3$2,185$573,86915Newmarket
33Micmacs$11,80636%229$537$1,205,74815Sony Classics
34My Dog Tulip$11,550--1--$11,550$16,4221New Yorker Films
35Exit Through the Gift Shop$11,423-11%5-4$2,285$3,215,53221Producers Distribution Agency
36Solitary Man$10,232-6%245$426$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
37Change of Plans$9,278-40%20$4,639$33,3372IFC
38The Disappearance of Alice Creed$8,888-15%6-1$1,481$144,4205Anchor Bay
39La Soga$8,700-49%5-7$1,740$159,39247-57 Releasing
40Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$7,635-6%164$477$2,918,65513IFC
41The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,980-7%12-1$582$6,346,00621Sony Pictures Classics
42Ondine$6,69057%3-1$2,230$540,75627Magnolia
43Life During Wartime$6,363-56%8-6$795$256,0997IFC
44Date Night$6,045-41%11-2$550$98,710,29022Fox
45White Wedding (2009)$5,859--4--$1,465$5,8591Dada Films
46The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,646232%1-20$5,646$103,20422International Film Circuit
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$5,101-19%9-1$567$361,70011Sony Pictures Classics
48Winnebago Man$4,674-37%70$668$138,8699Kino International
49The People I've Slept With$3,94315%21$1,972$16,3834People Pictures
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$3,2561202%32$1,085$364,49318Kino International
51Army of Crime$3,143-28%20$1,572$24,8133Lorber
52The Milk of Sorrow$3,02258%21$1,511$6,4162Olive Films
53Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,85897%21$1,429$50,65411Kino International
54Spoken Word$2,546393%20$1,273$26,6227Variance
55Mademoiselle Chambon$2,508-72%5-6$502$313,52415Lorber
56The Nature of Existence$2,297-49%20$1,149$46,74512Walking Shadows
57Please Give$2,105-93%13-32$162$4,020,90619Sony Pictures Classics
58Princess Kaiulani$1,88981%32$630$874,79817Roadside Attractions
59Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,425--1--$1,425$23,294,011153National Geographic
60Two in the Wave$1,289--1--$1,289$27,82416Lorber Films
61The Little Traitor$1,275--1--$1,275$374,52339Westchester Films
62Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,053-47%1-1$1,053$672,36025Zeitgeist
63Countdown to Zero$1,0110%51$202$253,3907Magnolia
64Mother and Child$975-41%2-2$488$1,100,26218Sony Pictures Classics
65Mugabe and the White African$964--1--$964$6,4497First Run
66The Sicilian Girl$789-43%2-1$395$23,6745Music Box
67John Rabe$578--1--$578$56,18516Strand
68Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$45080%10$450$67,66514Indican Pictures
69Everyone Else$31396%10$313$93,60064Cinema Guild
70Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$88--1--$88$12,5104First Run Features