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, Nov. 26 - Sun, Nov. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$49,087,101-61%4,1250$11,900$219,056,1292Warner Bros.
2Tangled$48,767,052--3,603--$13,535$68,706,2981Disney
3Megamind$12,575,778-21%3,411-368$3,687$130,218,9344Paramount / DreamWorks
4Burlesque$11,947,744--3,037--$3,934$17,300,2131Sony / Screen Gems
5Unstoppable (2010)$11,432,903-12%3,183-26$3,592$60,442,6213Fox
6Love and Other Drugs$9,739,161--2,455--$3,967$13,901,5321Fox
7Faster (2010)$8,523,153--2,454--$3,473$12,002,8401CBS Films
8Due Date$7,167,885-20%2,555-674$2,805$84,861,0084Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$4,683,123-28%2,5640$1,826$14,392,0722Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$3,910,058-25%2,441-103$1,602$26,340,5713Paramount
11Skyline$1,141,440-68%1,189-1694$960$20,215,7903Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,708,88386%293185$5,832$4,420,1684Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$1,560,1897%39610$3,940$5,958,7974Summit
3Red (2010)$1,375,685-45%914-1120$1,505$86,117,4127Summit
4For Colored Girls$1,362,287-41%605-611$2,252$36,564,3644Lionsgate
5The Social Network$707,153-24%291-280$2,430$90,423,9869Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$647,172-33%501-509$1,292$57,547,2638Disney
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$390,888-3%168-11$2,327$4,011,2605Music Box
8Despicable Me$363,09035%266-2$1,365$249,724,65021Universal
9The Town$314,72050%318153$990$91,429,62511Warner Bros.
10Inside Job$307,389-9%132-53$2,329$2,627,4618Sony Pictures Classics
11Paranormal Activity 2$220,108-77%279-822$789$84,105,6616Paramount
12Easy A$200,991210%251146$801$57,920,78611Sony / Screen Gems
13Jackass 3D$182,055-75%183-504$995$116,563,8007Paramount
14Alpha and Omega$165,947-15%228-24$728$25,077,97711Lionsgate
15Life As We Know It$154,381-71%249-309$620$51,980,0198Warner Bros.
16Saw 3D$131,305-84%145-661$906$45,670,8555Lionsgate
17You Again$120,285190%17986$672$25,493,43810Disney
18Inception$119,466-22%144-54$830$292,277,75520Warner Bros.
19Toy Story 3$109,840-12%168-36$654$414,984,49724Disney
20Hereafter$78,909-72%202-201$391$32,459,2637Warner Bros.
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$71,735-10%130-8$552$54,579,49310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$355,450--4--$88,863$355,4501Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$196,42932%570$3,446$18,722,35937Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$188,085-61%96-12$1,959$890,6782UTV
4Today's Special$87,088-4%2423$3,629$206,9292Alerion
5Conviction$73,497-58%86-104$855$6,571,0277Fox Searchlight
6The Nutcracker in 3D$65,944--45--$1,465$87,5391Freestyle Releasing
7Made in Dagenham$62,31666%118$5,665$122,7412Sony Pictures Classics
8Waiting for 'Superman'$60,563-44%69-49$878$6,252,79410Paramount Vantage
9White Material$60,15274%118$5,468$110,1572IFC
10Under the Sea 3D$53,15455%130$4,089$24,938,81194Warner Bros. / IMAX
11You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$48,613-22%33-11$1,473$3,107,21710Sony Pictures Classics
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$45,395-56%90-95$504$52,401,17010Fox
13Tiny Furniture$35,197115%54$7,039$96,2833IFC
14Tamara Drewe$31,275-40%24-10$1,303$377,8068Sony Pictures Classics
15Mao's Last Dancer$31,216-14%22-20$1,419$4,780,21615Samuel Goldwyn
16Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$22,766-15%11-6$2,070$221,2597Zeitgeist Films
17Kings of Pastry$19,314103%84$2,414$189,15511First Run
18Four Lions$18,412-26%7-7$2,630$170,2854Drafthouse Films
19Stone$16,682-51%23-32$725$1,742,0658Relativity / Overture
20Never Let Me Go$15,45046%13-5$1,188$2,374,70311Fox Searchlight
21Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$15,265-42%12-5$1,272$126,1814Magnolia
22Nowhere Boy$14,995-56%40-20$375$1,422,2778Weinstein Company
23Welcome to the Riley's$14,35872%82$1,795$135,6325Samuel Goldwyn
24Undertow (2009)$13,612--2--$6,806$38,55911Wolfe Releasing
25Monsters (2010)$13,337-55%12-7$1,111$208,7065Magnolia
26The Legend of Pale Male$12,910--1--$12,910$15,9521Balcony
27The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,34457%81$1,543$663,27117National Geographic
28Last Train Home$9,83139%5-1$1,966$262,79513Zeitgeist Films
29Waste Land$9,193-37%6-2$1,532$73,9135Arthouse Films
30Leaving$9,045-7%115$822$141,6899IFC
31Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,945-6%30$2,982$23,442,512165National Geographic
32Howl$8,784-17%7-3$1,255$520,02910Oscilloscope
33Inspector Bellamy$8,04665%42$2,012$89,9015IFC Films
34Enter the Void$7,86921%6-1$1,312$300,00910IFC Films
35Catfish$7,830-18%9-4$870$3,234,37311Universal / Rogue
36Wild Target$7,79328%6-1$1,299$76,4175Freestyle
37Get Low$7,5127%12-4$626$9,090,12818Sony Pictures Classics
38My Dog Tulip$7,257-16%2-10$3,629$132,10213New Yorker Films
39Let Me In$6,721-70%31-54$217$12,129,4859Relativity / Overture
40William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,220-20%21$2,610$20,6352Oscilloscope
41Jack Goes Boating$4,9800%9-9$553$528,84511Relativity / Overture
42Carlos$4,533-22%3-1$1,511$115,3357IFC
43Heartbreaker$4,41418%11-1$401$491,55312IFC
44Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,080--1--$4,080$346,09627Rialto
45Animal Kingdom$3,520-63%5-10$704$1,008,74216Sony Pictures Classics
46Marwencol$3,341-11%30$1,114$37,1938Cinema Guild
47The Tillman Story$2,76221%132$212$792,92515Weinstein Company
48The Salvation Poem$2,668-58%2-3$1,334$444,8817CanZion Films
49Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,494-60%2-4$1,247$150,64412Lorber
50Budrus$2,247--1--$2,247$48,0158Balcony Releasing
51Boxing Gym$2,036--7--$291$32,0766Zipporah Films
52Mademoiselle Chambon$1,599-62%40$400$521,92627Lorber
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,549-70%6-8$258$7,631,53121Music Box
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,122-33%1-1$1,122$69,72723Kino International
55I Am Love$1,111-44%2-1$556$5,004,64824Magnolia
56Hideaway (2009)$1,10476%31$368$32,36812Strand
57Cool It$918-91%1-41$918$57,9503Roadside Attractions
58Freakonomics$808-48%0-3--$100,6759Magnolia
59The Trouble with Terkel$799-75%1-1$799$28,93836Indican
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$762-37%3-2$254$10,089,11037Music Box
61Army of Crime$70436%10$704$35,41615Lorber
62What If...$696-74%1-4$696$757,95515Five & Two Pictures
63Winter's Bone$646-36%2-2$323$6,226,36525Roadside Attractions
64Enemies of the People$620-67%10$620$46,46418International Film Circuit
65A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$571-45%3-3$190$187,00513Sony Pictures Classics
66Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$545-41%10$545$54,45224The Film Desk
67Lebanon$227-85%1-3$227$365,73759Sony Pictures Classics
68Altiplano$102--1--$102$3,06315First Run