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, Jul. 15 - Sun, Jul. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,189,427--4,375--$38,672$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,328,545-55%3,917-190$5,445$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$17,777,464-37%3,13494$5,672$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$12,330,512-39%3,4820$3,541$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$8,407,529-45%3,249-741$2,588$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$7,857,076--2,405--$3,267$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$5,152,447-42%2,659-303$1,938$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$2,664,550-55%2,287-689$1,165$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$1,970,377-59%1,459-833$1,350$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,368,355-57%1,002-994$1,366$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$1,318,448-65%1,169-1304$1,128$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,876,588-29%706-113$2,658$41,778,6989Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$1,722,205-34%872-230$1,975$161,329,58010Universal
3Green Lantern$1,359,133-57%973-1042$1,397$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
4Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$960,548--100--$9,605$960,5481Eros International
5X-Men: First Class$635,586-57%470-377$1,352$143,455,8577Fox
6The Tree of Life$626,723-21%235-2$2,667$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
7The Hangover Part II$504,803-58%455-380$1,109$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$493,155-53%373-249$1,322$237,353,6349Disney
9Kung Fu Panda 2$460,755-47%354-296$1,302$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beginners$432,814-22%17015$2,546$3,932,6877Focus
11Thor$386,155-33%272-43$1,420$179,501,16211Paramount
12A Better Life$338,2962%21663$1,566$1,039,0364Summit
13Rio (2011)$323,269-22%241-31$1,341$141,932,57614Fox
14Buck$301,980-22%137-14$2,204$2,223,0135IFC Films
15Fast Five$214,145-18%212-29$1,010$209,142,63512Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$143,61277%21443$671$14,369,5556Relativity Media
17Water for Elephants$88,238-29%120-48$735$58,461,50113Fox
18Soul Surfer$83,802-36%126-34$665$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$311,778-33%890$3,503$1,499,2822Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$192,513-20%480$4,011$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$137,74723%2218$6,261$294,2702Sony Pictures Classics
4Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$134,005--24--$5,584$134,0051Fox Searchlight
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$127,80110%6311$2,029$609,7075Magnolia Pictures
6Hubble 3D$114,259-10%312$3,686$27,176,88170Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delhi Belly$106,629-72%67-23$1,591$1,427,7053UTV Communications
8The Trip (2011)$94,357-10%413$2,301$1,090,7686IFC Films
9Tabloid$91,201--14--$6,514$91,2011IFC Films
10Terri$77,28473%3022$2,576$242,5283IDP/ATO Pictures
11Something Borrowed$75,38014%74-39$1,019$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
12The Undefeated (2011)$65,132--10--$6,513$65,1321Cinedigm
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$55,841-44%87-25$642$53,311,94813Lionsgate
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,637-20%10-1$5,164$3,565,771623D Entertainment
15Insidious$50,646-36%66-15$767$53,829,02816FilmDistrict
16Cave of Forgotten Dreams$50,284-39%480$1,048$4,909,75312IFC Films
17Project Nim$49,04590%2218$2,229$87,8402Roadside Attractions
18The Lincoln Lawyer$42,288-32%72-34$587$57,981,88918Lionsgate
19Under the Sea 3D$36,173-19%14-1$2,584$29,173,572127Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Incendies$35,410-1%386$932$6,650,16513Sony Pictures Classics
21Bride Flight$28,059-9%17-6$1,651$325,3486Music Box Films
22The Names of Love$23,005-8%121$1,917$156,7234Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,9984%10$20,998$59,8452International Film Circuit
24The Double Hour$20,550-38%22-6$934$1,388,63714IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Gerry (2011)$20,010-60%23-22$870$1,844,7545Entertainment One Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$14,861-62%8-15$1,858$216,9554Hannover House
27Life, Above All$13,788--5--$2,758$13,7881Sony Pictures Classics
28Meek's Cutoff$13,70251%131$1,054$931,43615Oscilloscope
29Passione: A Musical Adventure$12,94719%42$3,237$93,4034Abramorama
30Queen to Play$12,596-38%90$1,400$428,75416Zeitgeist Films
31Trollhunter$10,369-46%201$518$174,3136Magnolia / Magnet
32Bill Cunningham New York$9,788-27%6-3$1,631$1,418,74618Zeitgeist Films
33Submarine$8,874-47%14-5$634$398,9887Weinstein Company
34In a Better World$8,594-29%10-8$859$937,27716Sony Pictures Classics
35Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,261-55%19-23$435$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
36The Last Mountain$8,083125%52$1,617$101,1427Dada Films
37Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,940-55%5-5$1,588$239,5344Abramorama
38Salvation Boulevard$7,208--4--$1,802$7,2081IFC Films
39Win Win$7,145-49%7-10$1,021$10,179,27518Fox Searchlight
4013 Assassins$6,977-24%173$410$776,54212Magnolia / Magnet
41If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,928424%53$1,386$34,0064Oscilloscope
42Everything Must Go$5,164-41%12-5$430$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$4,983--2--$2,492$4,9831Zeitgeist Films
44The Conspirator$4,890-19%10-5$489$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
45Rapt$4,852-17%10$4,852$18,0922Lorber Films
46Rejoice and Shout$4,700-61%70$671$82,2747Magnolia Pictures
47Trigun: Badlands Rumble$4,054-86%2-10$2,027$43,7322Eleven Arts
48Ranchero$3,826--2--$1,913$3,8261Indican Pictures
49The Sleeping Beauty$3,553-41%21$1,777$13,1682Strand Releasing
5035 and Ticking$3,411-24%51$682$90,0699Image Entertainment
51The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,343-22%21$1,672$37,9144Rialto Pictures
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,242425%43$811$142,68416Lorber Films
53Film Socialisme$2,795--2--$1,398$26,9627Lorber Films
54Murder 2$2,735-93%260$105$59,4722Eros International
55Beautiful Boy$2,71727%1-2$2,717$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
56Small Town Murder Songs$2,6935510%32$898$25,2578Monterey Media
57Hesher$2,37612%32$792$377,17710Wrekin Hill Entertainment
58City of Life and Death$2,261-59%40$565$93,23910Kino International
59Hobo with a Shotgun$2,101-37%5-1$420$695,41211Magnolia / Magnet
60The Salvation Poem$1,994-68%20$997$902,77940CanZion Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,735--1--$1,735$21,74210Argot Pictures
62How To Live Forever$1,605-46%21$803$42,96710Variance Films
63Pianomania$1,539--1--$1,539$13,9768First Run Features
64Road to Nowhere$1,03923%41$260$29,0746Monterey Media
65Beginning of the Great Revival$983-84%1-7$983$151,3054China Lion Film
66Daylight (2011)$959--1--$959$9591Cinema Purgatorio
67The Perfect Host$943-71%2-1$472$17,4203Magnolia Pictures
68Blank City$791-75%1-2$791$115,57615Insurgent Releasing
69Potiche$768-79%1-2$768$1,613,22717Music Box Films
70The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$7490%4-4$187$629,49913Sony Pictures Classics
71Into Eternity$706--3--$235$52,76324International Film Circuit
72Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$701-65%10$701$15,75410Strand Releasing
73The Arbor$658453%10$658$14,15712Strand Releasing
74Chillar Party$502-88%4-3$126$6,1492UTV Communications
75Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$500-62%1-1$500$179,64420Strand Releasing
76Farmageddon$496-85%10$496$16,0815Undefined
77Viva Riva!$354-90%1-4$354$46,5196Music Box Films
78My Perestroika$335-86%2-1$168$238,81117International Film Circuit
79The Robber$329-21%10$329$72,08012Kino International
80Winter in Wartime$263-85%1-3$263$531,64518Sony Pictures Classics
81Putty Hill$139--1--$139$48,64422Cinema Guild