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, Feb. 4 - Sun, Feb. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Roommate$15,002,635--2,534--$5,921$15,002,6351Sony / Screen Gems
2Sanctum$9,447,930--2,787--$3,390$9,447,9301Universal
3No Strings Attached$8,004,834-40%3,05028$2,625$51,392,7053Paramount
4The King's Speech$7,712,353-30%2,58427$2,985$83,527,54411Weinstein Company
5The Green Hornet$5,966,229-47%3,033-491$1,967$87,088,6224Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$5,589,311-62%2,9850$1,872$23,701,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$5,295,253-54%2,7041$1,958$20,005,5192CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$4,640,139-38%2,902-218$1,599$154,902,5417Paramount
9Black Swan$3,373,851-34%1,977-338$1,707$95,861,70810Fox Searchlight
10The Dilemma$3,282,555-42%2,545-360$1,290$45,574,0254Universal
11The Fighter$2,838,173-28%1,662-252$1,708$82,400,7389Paramount
12Yogi Bear$2,249,382-29%1,807-326$1,245$95,367,3298Warner Bros.
13Tangled$1,850,628-27%1,369-220$1,352$192,073,30311Disney
14TRON: Legacy$1,363,991-46%1,040-465$1,312$168,758,2388Disney
15Little Fockers$1,239,980-52%1,355-696$915$146,542,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,348,746-37%899-17$1,500$15,679,19514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$786,441-34%45035$1,748$7,268,8466Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$748,852-33%2615$2,869$2,097,4232Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Biutiful$641,72040%179120$3,585$1,426,1426Roadside Attractions
5Country Strong$617,047-52%948-339$651$19,817,1827Sony / Screen Gems
6The Company Men$548,925-18%23120$2,376$2,298,8913Weinstein Company
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$532,819-40%514-218$1,037$102,563,8149Fox
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$469,338-35%495-158$948$41,607,4527Fox
9Another Year$443,58944%236145$1,880$1,645,6066Sony Pictures Classics
10Barney's Version$423,333-19%1201$3,528$2,905,0654Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$380,437-23%290-10$1,312$147,459,54114Paramount / DreamWorks
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$373,378-38%365-100$1,023$292,761,21412Warner Bros.
13Season of the Witch$284,126-63%492-618$577$24,242,0555Relativity Media
14The Social Network$245,226-45%294-73$834$96,398,57019Sony / Columbia
15The Tourist$161,017-55%231-197$697$66,848,6739Sony / Columbia
16The Way Back$141,810-73%145-450$978$2,532,6833Newmarket Films
17Unstoppable (2010)$127,893-38%202-48$633$81,201,19713Fox
18Rabbit Hole$122,682-29%1317$937$1,723,7008Lionsgate
19Burlesque$87,768-41%178-60$493$39,440,65511Sony / Screen Gems
20Fair Game (2010)$52,847251%149109$355$9,474,14514Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Illusionist (2010)$186,66839%6843$2,745$766,3127Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$120,815-7%501$2,416$21,417,43347Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$59,933-46%46-14$1,303$1,604,0867Focus
4Inside Job$38,896-66%79-171$492$3,884,83118Sony Pictures Classics
5Winter's Bone$37,71125%347$1,109$6,356,50335Roadside Attractions
6Casino Jack$37,540-36%39-10$963$894,5408IDP/ATO Pictures
7The Salvation Poem$36,552713%42$9,138$556,95817CanZion Films
8Faster (2010)$33,649-50%87-27$387$23,225,91111CBS Films
9Secretariat$32,663-43%68-22$480$59,699,51318Disney
10Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$31,236-49%211$1,487$111,3572Variance Films
11Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,206-72%42-33$672$566,3793UTV Communications
12Love and Other Drugs$26,473-61%46-71$576$32,329,93411Fox
13The Heart Specialist$18,318-79%56-63$327$1,096,2884Freestyle
14I Love You Phillip Morris$18,261-59%39-10$468$1,917,32710Roadside Attractions
15Made in Dagenham$17,617-34%41-1$430$968,58412Sony Pictures Classics
16Yamla Pagla Deewana$17,447-73%840$208$988,6874Eros International
17The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,37136%107$1,637$58,0773IFC Films
18Kaboom$16,25819%21$8,129$34,5202IFC Films
19Get Low$16,0713%601$268$9,156,05528Sony Pictures Classics
20Space Station 3D$15,72715%53$3,145$82,690,017460IMAX
21Cold Weather$14,513--1--$14,513$14,5131IFC Films
22All Good Things$10,577-48%15-8$705$523,21210Magnolia Pictures
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$10,237100%51$2,047$394,34617Zeitgeist Films
24Waiting for Forever$8,917--3--$2,972$8,9171Freestyle
25Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$8,440--2--$4,220$74,1367Saint Juste International
26What If...$7,733-57%50$1,547$806,86925Five & Two Pictures
27Waste Land$7,488111%41$1,872$131,72115Arthouse Films
28The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$7,292-40%13-9$561$5,183,36415Music Box
29Galapagos$6,562-24%20$3,281$17,830,750589IMAX
30The Other Woman (2011)$6,224--2--$3,112$6,2241IFC
31Tiny Furniture$6,170-42%12-1$514$373,74313IFC
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,84630%32$1,949$78,6945First Run Features
33How I Ended This Summer$4,968--1--$4,968$4,9681Film Movement
34Night Catches Us$4,805118%3-1$1,602$72,79210Magnolia
35Every Day$4,510244%2-2$2,255$22,9424Image Entertainment
36The Time That Remains$4,060--2--$2,030$24,2655IFC
37Summer Wars$4,043-33%41$1,011$78,1827GKIDS
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0012%20$2,001$23,516,632175National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$3,813-38%4-7$953$1,036,51926Sony Pictures Classics
40Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,734240%31$1,245$97,01633Kino International
41Into Eternity$3,530--1--$3,530$4,6791International Film Circuit
42My Dog Tulip$3,396-23%3-1$1,132$199,74823New Yorker Films
43Leaving$3,135--1--$3,135$187,09019IFC
44When We Leave (Die Fremde)$2,943-51%20$1,472$11,5672Olive Films
45Bhutto$2,772-67%3-1$924$79,20710First Run Features
46Howl$2,341-48%1-2$2,341$617,33420Oscilloscope
47Four Lions$2,254-67%6-2$376$298,70114Drafthouse Films
48Tamara Drewe$2,20134%3-3$734$557,53118Sony Pictures Classics
49The Tempest$2,093-62%5-4$419$273,7129Disney
50Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,735--2--$868$39,64813Film Desk
51The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,717-50%2-2$859$710,62927National Geographic
52Marwencol$1,707-46%2-4$854$92,33318Cinema Guild
53Kings of Pastry$1,5942%20$797$305,24321First Run
54Nenette$1,360-22%2-1$680$13,0507Kino International
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,294162%1-1$1,294$46,38012Oscilloscope
56You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,11492%30$371$3,247,81620Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$905814%10$905$549,88024Music Box
58The Strange Case of Angelica$842--1--$842$33,1936Cinema Guild
59A Somewhat Gentle Man$837-58%10$837$8,2714Strand Releasing
60Zenith$75416%40$189$7,86219Cinema Purgatorio
61Enemies of the People$666-48%2-2$333$60,62128International Film Circuit
62The Woodmans$607-93%1-2$607$27,3323Lorber Films
63The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$498--1--$498$142,36444International Film Circuit
64Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$492-56%1-1$492$63,55815Variance Films
65The Girl Who Played With Fire$323--2--$162$7,638,24131Music Box
66Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$291--1--$291$24,96414Variance Films
67Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$262-49%20$131$274,52323Music Box
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$173--1--$173$10,094,77047Music Box
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$66--1--$66$15,5814Kino International