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, May. 27 - Sun, May. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$85,946,294--3,615--$23,775$117,556,6611Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$47,656,302--3,925--$12,142$53,460,4311Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$39,828,974-56%4,1649$9,565$153,424,2612Disney
4Bridesmaids$16,551,355-21%2,95821$5,595$85,157,9103Universal
5Thor$9,533,870-38%3,296-628$2,893$159,893,1734Paramount
6Fast Five$6,409,150-39%2,981-641$2,150$195,818,2505Universal
7Something Borrowed$1,860,855-47%1,440-1166$1,292$34,775,1814Warner Bros.
8Rio (2011)$1,804,883-61%1,672-921$1,079$134,846,1577Fox
9Priest (2011)$1,772,996-63%1,918-946$924$27,335,2773Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$1,823,631-51%939-533$1,942$34,104,6974Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$1,087,568-50%794-1100$1,370$54,417,0336Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$431,0624%11812$3,653$2,618,5345IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$401,011-57%401-583$1,000$41,290,0338Sony / TriStar
5Rango$359,511-9%280-22$1,284$121,715,38213Paramount
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$335,126-65%359-553$933$52,298,0366Lionsgate
7Source Code$321,925-22%299-78$1,077$53,432,4139Summit
8Everything Must Go$272,793-48%161-84$1,694$2,096,2113Roadside Attractions
9HOP$227,240-11%299-55$760$107,508,6459Universal
10Limitless$219,912-36%269-88$818$78,457,21811Relativity Media
11Hanna$219,139-28%216-63$1,015$39,528,6618Focus
12Win Win$195,965-29%124-78$1,580$9,646,65011Fox Searchlight
13The Lincoln Lawyer$191,573-24%166-92$1,154$56,790,94211Lionsgate
14Insidious$163,203-66%186-315$877$52,734,4579FilmDistrict
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$161,200-13%214-39$753$52,107,69010Fox
16Jane Eyre (2011)$160,360-25%143-65$1,121$10,656,31112Focus
17The Conspirator$155,130-36%137-132$1,132$11,154,9177Roadside Attractions
18Scream 4$124,90837%26156$479$37,883,2627Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$106,185-44%109-59$974$765,7334Summit
20Mars Needs Moms$96,592-9%128-26$755$21,167,16112Disney
21Gnomeo and Juliet$88,604-29%111-47$798$99,604,17816Disney
22African Cats$74,845-71%147-231$509$14,774,0856Disneynature
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$66,811-82%203-439$329$9,449,6215Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$52,87828%14160$375$554,4266Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,929,562222%5852$33,268$2,834,5462Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$372,920--4--$93,230$372,9201Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$247,6122%47-3$5,268$5,887,5268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$199,0607%7213$2,765$888,5686Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$163,07638%5822$2,812$738,2627IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Tangled$131,938-86%34-157$3,881$200,803,30927Disney
7Prom$113,721-77%98-276$1,160$9,867,3985Disney
8Hubble 3D$102,37114%36-2$2,844$25,600,79663Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Meek's Cutoff$96,82815%401$2,421$603,1028Oscilloscope
10Arthur (2011)$85,251-35%77-160$1,107$32,940,0978Warner Bros.
11I Am (2011)$83,2800%54-20$1,542$1,384,36415Paladin
1213 Assassins$82,45114%316$2,660$421,7345Magnolia / Magnet
13The First Grader$57,23950%3619$1,590$139,7683National Geographic
14Battle: Los Angeles$54,065-46%96-74$563$83,537,65112Sony / Columbia
15Potiche$52,00318%36-10$1,445$1,480,90810Music Box Films
16Bill Cunningham New York$48,499-2%22-3$2,205$1,133,66711Zeitgeist Films
17I Am Number Four$46,685-74%42-54$1,112$55,086,02915Disney / DreamWorks
18L'Amour fou$41,8102%187$2,323$170,7323IFC Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,115-6%110$3,556$2,801,576553D Entertainment
20In a Better World$37,7089%28-6$1,347$749,3259Sony Pictures Classics
21Of Gods and Men$35,348-32%37-23$955$3,853,59114Sony Pictures Classics
22Under the Sea 3D$34,332-1%211$1,635$28,574,650120Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Hesher$29,792-52%11-13$2,708$322,0603Wrekin Hill Entertainment
24Queen to Play$26,01939%110$2,365$271,1379Zeitgeist Films
25Winter in Wartime$22,89717%13-5$1,761$431,02611Sony Pictures Classics
26The Princess of Montpensier$21,7433%173$1,279$276,9327IFC Films
27Hobo with a Shotgun$21,0336%2113$1,002$598,9084Magnolia / Magnet
28A Beautiful Life$12,639-46%21-2$602$51,7882China Lion Film
29The King's Speech$11,588-41%18-22$644$138,774,31527Weinstein Company
3035 and Ticking$10,612-64%60$1,769$48,2802Image Entertainment
31There Be Dragons$8,568-61%10-19$857$1,065,4394IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Kill the Irishman$8,537-27%10-2$854$1,166,53712Anchor Bay Films
33My Perestroika$8,305-41%11-8$755$191,08410International Film Circuit
34Certified Copy$7,760-53%8-16$970$1,307,11212IFC Films
35Last Night (2010)$7,694-25%3-1$2,565$98,9864Miramax / Tribeca
36Barney's Version$6,54473%94$727$7,486,44920Sony Pictures Classics
37Tuesday, After Christmas$6,472--1--$6,472$8,3591Lorber Films
38Circo$5,408430%10$5,408$59,4589First Run Features
39Into Eternity$4,656137%40$1,164$43,79417International Film Circuit
40Rubber$4,307112%5-1$861$88,0949Magnolia / Magnet
41Blank City$4,0848%2-1$2,042$87,8628Insurgent Releasing
42Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,757--6--$626$169,33837Collective Eye
43Lebanon, PA$3,359-37%3-3$1,120$44,6745Truly Indie
44The Robber$3,300-23%1-1$3,300$54,3535Kino International
45Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$3,24346%53$649$165,57913Strand Releasing
46Poetry$2,877-66%3-5$959$342,22616Kino International
47How To Live Forever$2,709-65%20$1,355$16,8453Variance Films
48Harvest$2,651--4--$663$21,1474Monterey Media
49Dumbstruck$2,328260%10$2,328$12,9677Truly Indie
50Pianomania$2,238--1--$2,238$2,2381First Run Features
51Dum Maaro Dum$1,929-59%6-5$322$562,6876Fox Searchlight
52Small Town Murder Songs$1,854--2--$927$1,8541Monterey Media
53The Music Never Stopped$1,692-38%50$338$244,72411Roadside Attractions
54Go For It!$1,528-89%14-50$109$178,1643Lionsgate / Pantelion
55Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,483-58%2-2$742$43,6946Variance Films
56Henry's Crime$1,182-50%1-1$1,182$100,5048Moving Pictures Film & Television
57United Red Army$1,161--1--$1,161$1,1611Lorber Films
58Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$94597%10$945$247,56421First Run Features
59Biutiful$932-77%5-2$186$5,098,56222Roadside Attractions
60Battle of the Brides$910-86%1-5$910$64,1164Variance Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$841-83%2-3$421$11,0313Argot Pictures
62City of Life and Death$810-82%21$405$19,5643Kino International
63Kings of Pastry$788-23%10$788$332,40137First Run
64American: The Bill Hicks Story$759-36%21$380$82,3748Variance Films
65The Little Traitor$732-50%10$732$398,01077Westchester Films
66The Salvation Poem$677-54%20$339$868,63833CanZion Films
67Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$636-66%2-1$318$13,3713First Run Features
68Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$530-73%1-1$530$6,8383Strand Releasing
69The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$483-86%1-2$483$110,5209Lorber Films
70Skateland$479-93%2-9$240$17,7043Freestyle Releasing
71Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$222--1--$222$33,79330Variance Films
72To Die Like a Man$153--1--$153$3,9138Strand Releasing