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, Oct. 22 - Sun, Oct. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$40,678,424--3,216--$12,649$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$21,313,815-58%3,11130$6,851$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$15,034,916-31%3,27318$4,594$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$12,018,1475355%2,1812175$5,510$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$7,276,972-29%2,92153$2,491$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$7,001,159-25%3,10836$2,253$37,444,0683Disney
7Life As We Know It$6,136,454-31%3,019-131$2,033$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,248,019-23%2,236-266$1,453$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$2,749,090-31%1,918-450$1,433$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$1,748,906-34%1,632-682$1,072$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,244,851-47%1,255-790$992$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$1,072,515-66%1,689-840$635$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$774,5024%290108$2,671$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
2Alpha and Omega$727,103-12%727-242$1,000$23,512,8756Lionsgate
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$677,162-45%560-197$1,209$5,109,1893Focus
4You Again$650,902-46%901-687$722$24,051,0835Disney
5Devil$642,035-34%642-249$1,000$32,437,9256Universal
6N-Secure$551,096-53%445-41$1,238$1,964,4772Freestyle
7Inception$500,14044%452155$1,107$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
8Toy Story 3$472,842-12%3500$1,351$413,485,96519Disney
9You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$432,01657%402284$1,075$1,839,0125Sony Pictures Classics
10Case 39$410,404-66%721-685$569$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
11Despicable Me$370,9557%324-8$1,145$247,519,95016Universal
12Stone$361,14057%11372$3,196$785,1133Relativity / Overture
13Let Me In$261,932-68%513-698$511$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$242,523117%303129$800$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$213,494-37%2150$993$767,0653Weinstein Company
16Never Let Me Go$191,244-42%178-54$1,074$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$166,404-21%13923$1,197$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
18Resident Evil: Afterlife$137,502-60%213-225$646$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
19Mao's Last Dancer$126,715-16%102-14$1,242$4,196,12010Samuel Goldwyn
20Takers$119,305-36%150-65$795$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
21Eat Pray Love$102,788-42%174-129$591$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
22Salt$77,609-48%125-75$621$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
23Nanny McPhee Returns$76,450-25%150-55$510$28,995,45010Universal
24Step Up 3D$70,099679%113103$620$42,332,16412Disney
25I Want Your Money$41,789-83%172-365$243$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$303,135196%5544$5,512$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$182,2414%60-1$3,037$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Inside Job$162,57090%2414$6,774$348,3833Sony Pictures Classics
4Buried$57,491-56%88-15$653$885,4545Lionsgate
5Lottery Ticket$55,083-38%92-46$599$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$54,902-29%87-27$631$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
7Under the Sea 3D$52,80214%160$3,300$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Salvation Poem$51,228199%116$4,657$277,8622CanZion Films
9Tamara Drewe$46,114135%2010$2,306$107,0113Sony Pictures Classics
10Howl$41,6097%266$1,600$332,9845Oscilloscope
11The American$32,031-55%76-68$421$35,562,1138Focus
12Carlos$32,01260%75$4,573$60,1392IFC
13Get Low$30,885-44%60-36$515$8,967,03113Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$28,415-43%39-38$729$63,143,81215Disney
15Vampires Suck$24,678-42%54-33$457$36,623,44910Fox
16Avatar$24,29954%9-1$2,700$760,375,01845Fox
17Ramona and Beezus$23,733-13%42-12$565$26,122,72314Fox
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$21,620-15%33-11$655$7,563,66816Music Box
19Machete$21,290-54%0-96--$26,519,9618Fox
20Enter the Void$18,6159%108$1,862$206,9505IFC Films
21The Tillman Story$18,30548%247$763$715,17010Weinstein Company
22What If...$17,535-10%255$701$672,38610Five & Two Pictures
23The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$17,51766%90$1,946$579,43412National Geographic
24Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,27051%43$4,318$38,6602Zeitgeist Films
25Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$17,1596303%31$5,720$486,18325Kino International
26Last Train Home$14,84372%148$1,060$192,8838Zeitgeist Films
27Heartbreaker$14,293-18%18-12$794$422,5137IFC
28Anjaana Anjaani$13,393-71%910$147$854,7574Eros
29Jack Goes Boating$12,417-53%35-14$355$453,5956Relativity / Overture
30Like Dandelion Dust$11,932-62%13-18$918$334,5605Blue Collar Releasing
31The Switch (2010)$11,189-47%26-32$430$27,565,18410Miramax
32A Film Unfinished$9,80493%73$1,401$259,33410Oscilloscope
33My Dog Tulip$8,51720%4-1$2,129$91,0558New Yorker Films
34Animal Kingdom$8,259-20%13-6$635$949,43211Sony Pictures Classics
35I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,180-52%8-3$1,023$83,5593Anchor Bay
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,13521%20$4,068$23,349,238160National Geographic
37I Am Love$7,654-16%8-2$957$4,976,21219Magnolia
38Cairo Time$6,006-36%11-13$546$1,571,08112IFC
39Lovely, Still$5,662-37%80$708$116,7647Monterey Media
40Kings of Pastry$5,252-33%91$584$124,3656First Run
41Freakonomics$4,811-55%142$344$78,9014Magnolia
42Soul Kitchen$4,17023%11-5$379$262,50310IFC
43Winter's Bone$3,837-65%18-16$213$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
442012: Time for Change$3,790-67%1-1$3,790$63,5162Mangusta Productions
45The Concert$3,773-34%5-4$755$646,77114Weinstein Company
46Leaving$3,634-49%6-1$606$61,0094IFC
47Mademoiselle Chambon$3,563-50%4-3$891$489,75122Lorber
48The Taqwacores$3,532--1--$3,532$3,5321Strand Releasing
49The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3,472346%5-1$694$10,078,33532Music Box
50Lebanon$3,2749%12-2$273$352,46254Sony Pictures Classics
51Inhale$3,030--2--$1,515$3,0301IFC
52Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,820203%50$564$398,49518Sony Pictures Classics
53I'm Still Here$2,33116%51$466$406,4307Magnolia
54Fool for Love (2010)$2,311-54%4-1$578$162,9397Variance Films
55Piranha 3D$2,248-81%5-23$450$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,197-41%3-3$732$245,1688Music Box
57A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$2,123-41%6-11$354$168,9478Sony Pictures Classics
58Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,922-54%20$961$3,288,69928Producers Distribution Agency
59Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,870-15%1-1$1,870$40,8116Collective Eye
60Douchebag$1,663--2--$832$13,2294Paladin
61Down Terrace$1,662-46%1-1$1,662$8,0122Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,615-50%2-3$808$1,318,04318National Geographic
63Enemies of the People$1,504229%32$501$23,21413International Film Circuit
64The Extra Man$1,378-57%2-5$689$453,07913Magnolia
65Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,249-50%3-3$416$509,5459Music Box
66The Sicilian Girl$1,125111%21$563$67,19012Music Box
67Army of Crime$1,06472%10$1,064$31,29010Lorber
68Cherry$1,023-74%2-1$512$10,1493Abramorama
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$95040%10$950$51,81219The Film Desk
70Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$859-88%4-4$215$119,2797Lorber
71To the Sea$847--1--$847$43,68815Film Movement
72Breathless (2010 re-issue)$366-92%1-4$366$336,17422Rialto
73The Disappearance of Alice Creed$172-73%21$86$166,67112Anchor Bay
74Hideaway (2009)$134-93%2-3$67$29,4507Strand