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, Apr. 22 - Sun, Apr. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$26,323,321-33%3,84215$6,851$80,806,5622Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$25,068,677--2,288--$10,957$25,068,6771Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$16,842,353--2,817--$5,979$16,842,3531Fox
4HOP$12,185,90514%3,6168$3,370$100,224,9054Universal
5Scream 4$7,030,747-62%3,3149$2,122$31,035,0102Weinstein Company
6African Cats$6,003,200--1,220--$4,921$6,003,2001Disneynature
7Soul Surfer$5,436,868-25%2,24026$2,427$28,502,1513Sony / TriStar
8Hanna$5,296,302-27%2,384-161$2,222$31,740,1623Focus
9Insidious$5,207,622-23%2,130-103$2,445$44,001,4164FilmDistrict
10Source Code$5,091,347-18%2,363-194$2,155$44,692,5914Summit
11Arthur (2011)$4,066,109-40%2,770-506$1,468$29,216,0913Warner Bros.
12Limitless$2,664,461-27%1,363-522$1,955$74,002,0556Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$1,789,519-38%1,220-482$1,467$53,381,4516Lionsgate
14Your Highness$1,706,590-58%1,610-1162$1,060$19,764,5453Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$2,187,185-38%849142$2,576$6,889,8682Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$1,107,961-13%3884$2,856$6,630,6506Fox Searchlight
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$933,540-55%928-921$1,006$50,290,5315Fox
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$881,034-48%465166$1,895$3,096,8152Rocky Mountain
5Jane Eyre (2011)$737,177-26%31945$2,311$7,857,1767Focus
6Born to Be Wild 3D$656,3655%2081$3,156$3,078,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rango$386,224-46%557-419$693$119,522,4718Paramount
8Gnomeo and Juliet$335,177-18%345-10$972$98,331,18611Disney
9Dum Maaro Dum$327,523--101--$3,243$327,5231Fox Searchlight
10Sucker Punch$278,686-54%244-311$1,142$35,882,5545Warner Bros.
11The Adjustment Bureau$247,220-31%263-85$940$61,133,7708Universal
12Paul$242,535-50%245-291$990$36,553,3956Universal
13Battle: Los Angeles$203,811-60%220-334$926$82,649,4157Sony / Columbia
14Just Go With It$198,416-27%265-61$749$102,602,51611Sony / Columbia
15The King's Speech$197,090-22%234-81$842$138,323,85222Weinstein Company
16Red Riding Hood$187,45248%30860$609$37,186,0137Warner Bros.
17I Am Number Four$184,693180%17999$1,032$54,374,34910Disney / DreamWorks
18Of Gods and Men$146,753-4%1035$1,425$3,227,3969Sony Pictures Classics
19Hall Pass$133,450-43%202-131$661$44,870,7309Warner Bros. / New Line
20Unknown (2011)$90,969-47%162-113$562$63,555,31410Warner Bros.
21Beastly$90,24129%13727$659$27,598,4678CBS Films
22Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$66,604279%166131$401$72,848,99811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$150,341-4%65-3$2,313$863,0415Music Box Films
2Hubble 3D$148,36436%330$4,496$24,560,33558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$130,525523%2411$5,439$556,69510Paladin
4The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$118,924--18--$6,607$118,9241Sony Pictures Classics
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$116,136-53%89-100$1,305$1,204,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Bill Cunningham New York$89,96715%3110$2,902$688,8806Zeitgeist Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$75,188-13%92-36$817$37,734,21410Fox
8In a Better World$72,8361%4111$1,776$292,0014Sony Pictures Classics
9Certified Copy$56,619-27%45-11$1,258$1,081,8337IFC Films
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$54,17115%110$4,925$2,295,189503D Entertainment
11Incendies$50,679--3--$16,893$50,6791Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$49,49823%140$3,536$28,189,468115Warner Bros. / IMAX
13True Grit (2010)$48,942-53%80-97$612$171,031,34718Paramount
14Super$47,91525%3812$1,261$210,7214IFC Films
15Kill the Irishman$36,964-41%23-16$1,607$1,006,7027Anchor Bay Films
16The Princess of Montpensier$36,06854%118$3,279$72,9502IFC Films
17Meek's Cutoff$35,791154%64$5,965$87,8453Oscilloscope
18The Warring States$35,381--23--$1,538$35,3811China Lion Film
19Tangled$31,368-63%80-104$392$199,665,78222Disney
20Mars Needs Moms$30,737-25%78-21$394$20,844,3987Disney
21Winter in Wartime$30,53413%15-6$2,036$220,4276Sony Pictures Classics
22The Double Hour$29,979-1%20$14,990$76,9092IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Thank You$26,797-69%20-51$1,340$451,9233UTV Communications
24Cedar Rapids$24,691-36%36-11$686$6,773,65111Fox Searchlight
25When Harry Tries to Marry$23,790--4--$5,948$23,7901108 Pics
26Miral$20,289-40%20-6$1,014$345,3985Weinstein Company
27The Salvation Poem$19,439-74%13-8$1,495$836,96828CanZion Films
28Barney's Version$17,116-43%24-26$713$7,431,43315Sony Pictures Classics
29American: The Bill Hicks Story$16,44136%116$1,495$46,2043Variance Films
30Biutiful$13,833-39%21-11$659$5,039,75617Roadside Attractions
31Beautiful Darling$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001Corinth Films
32Queen to Play$12,622-5%6-3$2,104$112,6704Zeitgeist Films
33Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,45871%101$1,246$518,01710Vitagraph
34Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$11,365--4--$2,841$11,3651Variance Films
35Henry's Crime$10,550-43%5-2$2,110$49,3893Moving Pictures Film & Television
36Nostalgia for the Light$10,483--2--$5,242$75,8646Icarus Films
37Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$10,464--2--$5,232$46,9799Rialto
38Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,525361%109$953$111,12632Collective Eye
39My Perestroika$8,796-37%50$1,759$106,9325International Film Circuit
40The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$8,373-44%50$1,675$80,3824Lorber Films
41The Company Men$8,048-47%15-5$537$4,401,61014Weinstein Company
42The Last Lions$7,683-37%59-2$130$625,01210National Geographic
43Stake Land$7,258--1--$7,258$7,2581IFC Films
44Circo$6,80667%42$1,702$28,4094First Run Features
45Carancho$6,47170%3-1$2,157$74,46811Strand Releasing
46Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,8699%63$978$146,8868Strand Releasing
47Poetry$5,788-45%10-3$579$288,10611Kino International
48Black Swan$5,561-72%20-29$278$106,948,14321Fox Searchlight
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$5,107--3--$1,702$850,27338National Geographic
50Blank City$4,806-48%10$4,806$56,7653Insurgent Releasing
51The Illusionist (2010)$4,662-23%12-4$389$2,218,44318Sony Pictures Classics
52The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,010--1--$4,010$150,02955International Film Circuit
53Another Year$3,833-34%6-7$639$3,199,00717Sony Pictures Classics
54Dumbstruck$3,610268%21$1,805$4,7782Truly Indie
55A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$3,27235%10$3,272$8,1072Film Movement
56Galapagos$3,212--2--$1,606$17,961,054600IMAX
57Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,112--2--$1,556$23,590,069186National Geographic
58Zokkomon$2,815--24--$117$2,8151UTV Communications
59Ceremony$2,661-5%41$665$15,4623Magnolia Pictures
60Inside Job$2,46613%84$308$4,309,59629Sony Pictures Classics
61Rubber$2,450-70%80$306$51,5874Magnolia / Magnet
62I Saw the Devil$2,058-52%3-4$686$128,3928Magnolia / Magnet
63The Music Never Stopped$2,029-68%6-7$338$233,3556Roadside Attractions
64Putty Hill$1,807100%32$602$45,84310Cinema Guild
65Armadillo$1,630-59%10$1,630$7,8822Lorber Films
66Making The Boys$1,410--1--$1,410$19,5807First Run Features
67Meet Monica Velour$1,006-77%1-3$1,006$18,4863Anchor Bay Films
68The Human Resources Manager$1,003-51%2-1$502$54,3708Film Movement
69Kings of Pastry$979--1--$979$329,40532First Run
70Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$897-62%1-4$897$233,10416First Run Features
71The Strange Case of Angelica$80464%10$804$44,69317Cinema Guild
72Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$650--1--$650$24,1117Indican Pictures
73A Somewhat Gentle Man$647--2--$324$35,58315Strand Releasing
74happythankyoumoreplease$584-80%2-2$292$215,5768Anchor Bay Films
75Into Eternity$446--3--$149$31,97912International Film Circuit
76The Trouble with Terkel$250--1--$250$35,53157Indican
77Orgasm Inc.$155-69%10$155$45,47311First Run Features
78Korkoro$142-32%10$142$3,8125Lorber Films
79Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$139-89%1-1$139$202,94713Variance Films
80Nenette$123--1--$123$18,00918Kino International
81Desert Flower$102-87%1-1$102$44,2826National Geographic