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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$36,431,290--3,750--$9,715$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$35,611,637--3,395--$10,489$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$25,554,303-61%3,7150$6,879$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$21,977,093-54%4,145-230$5,302$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,104,303--3,020--$6,326$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$9,275,692-50%2,9260$3,170$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$7,189,365-40%2,510-594$2,864$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,086,311-49%2,604-771$2,337$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$4,301,893-51%2,418-797$1,779$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$2,349,142-58%1,763-905$1,332$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$1,777,625-66%1,632-773$1,089$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,156,947-36%471-150$2,456$46,851,96611Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$859,095-35%484-196$1,775$165,457,08012Universal
3Bad Teacher$842,740-68%765-1269$1,102$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
4Kung Fu Panda 2$662,153109%31969$2,076$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$467,542-50%412-179$1,135$64,625,4697Fox
6The Hangover Part II$399,02634%34671$1,153$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
7Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$348,092-48%1000$3,481$2,562,4583Eros International
8The Tree of Life$332,997-40%196-34$1,699$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$303,794-60%325-333$935$124,973,8318Paramount
10X-Men: First Class$287,509-17%254-41$1,132$144,723,8429Fox
11Larry Crowne$263,005-74%335-700$785$35,107,9455Universal
12Beginners$231,217-46%147-10$1,573$5,032,4059Focus
13Thor$207,531-39%190-46$1,092$180,580,79513Paramount
14Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$205,376-34%166-80$1,237$238,433,76811Disney
15Rio (2011)$184,065-39%174-36$1,058$143,021,06816Fox
16Green Lantern$183,505-52%135-286$1,359$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
17Buck$178,919-33%111-12$1,612$3,013,7577IFC Films
18Fast Five$138,110-19%125-49$1,105$209,688,23514Universal
19Monte Carlo$135,839-71%168-192$809$22,275,8955Fox
20A Better Life$76,724-64%108-74$710$1,585,5586Summit
21Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$64,068-53%161-29$398$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$366,690217%3328$11,112$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$244,633-1%491$4,993$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$183,896-8%9332$1,977$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Le Sens de l'humour$162,182-26%69-18$2,350$2,571,6184Alliance Films
5Attack the Block$139,506--8--$17,438$137,5801Sony / Screen Gems
6Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$125,811--18--$6,990$125,8111Viva Entertainment
7Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$117,549-19%43-11$2,734$791,6004Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$117,300-3%281$4,189$27,676,97472Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Another Earth$109,22641%2016$5,461$221,4922Fox Searchlight
10The Trip (2011)$99,394-23%559$1,807$1,420,8638IFC Films
11The Devil's Double$96,414--5--$19,283$96,4141Lionsgate
12The Guard$76,834--4--$19,209$76,8341Sony Pictures Classics
13Tabloid$73,322-39%376$1,982$392,4633IFC Films
14Singham$63,692-60%39-11$1,633$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
15Page One: Inside the New York Times$59,388-38%52-13$1,142$873,5497Magnolia Pictures
16Under the Sea 3D$53,01511%130$4,078$29,384,306129Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Life in a Day$45,202--11--$4,109$89,2021National Geographic
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,980-15%100$4,198$3,751,664643D Entertainment
19Point Blank$41,031--6--$6,839$41,0311Magnolia / Magnet
20Terri$39,313-55%24-12$1,638$450,0845IDP/ATO Pictures
21Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$35,584-38%80$4,448$199,0544International Film Circuit
22Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,546-35%32-6$1,111$5,102,89114IFC Films
23Project Nim$31,774-37%212$1,513$227,0484Roadside Attractions
24The Future$27,137--1--$27,137$27,1371Roadside Attractions
25The Names of Love$25,611162%91$2,846$208,8556Music Box Films
26Bride Flight$25,081-3%192$1,320$400,8688Music Box Films
27Water for Elephants$24,951-62%41-50$609$58,664,10015Fox
28Space Station 3D$22,35412%10$22,354$84,060,071485IMAX
29Incendies$20,217-50%22-7$919$6,747,43515Sony Pictures Classics
30Insidious$20,163-47%41-18$492$53,943,19218FilmDistrict
31A Little Help$19,360-57%240$807$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
32The Double Hour$17,841-39%17-3$1,049$1,459,26216IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,756--1--$12,756$20,6991Alive Mind Cinema
34Turtle: The Incredible Journey$12,068-53%7-5$1,724$282,8046Hannover House
35In a Better World$11,57878%157$772$963,91418Sony Pictures Classics
36Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,586-27%3-1$3,529$131,6096Abramorama
37Submarine$10,466-51%191$551$449,3039Weinstein Company
38Delhi Belly$9,228-74%7-18$1,318$1,524,3865UTV Communications
39Meek's Cutoff$9,03733%72$1,291$959,35117Oscilloscope
40The Interrupters$7,920--1--$7,920$7,9201Cinema Guild
41The Myth of the American Sleepover$7,704-11%21$3,852$19,7332IFC Films
42Trollhunter$7,588-26%12-9$632$206,7928Magnolia / Magnet
43Queen to Play$6,962-50%6-6$1,160$460,40918Zeitgeist Films
44Bill Cunningham New York$5,173-54%5-1$1,035$1,448,26820Zeitgeist Films
45The Salvation Poem$5,008--13--$385$908,90442CanZion Films
46How To Live Forever$4,974--2--$2,487$51,37912Variance Films
47Life, Above All$4,615-70%5-5$923$55,1013Sony Pictures Classics
48The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$4,2051505%97$467$634,90815Sony Pictures Classics
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,69690%32$1,232$48,6336Rialto Pictures
50Crime After Crime$3,460--2--$1,730$21,1415mTuckman Media
51Everything Must Go$3,245-46%8-1$406$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
52Good Neighbors$2,953--3--$984$2,9531Magnolia Pictures
53The Perfect Host$2,444-2%41$611$25,2675Magnolia Pictures
5413 Assassins$2,397-50%7-1$342$791,65314Magnolia / Magnet
55The Harvest$2,245--1--$2,245$2,2451Cinema Libre
56Hobo with a Shotgun$2,20512%4-1$551$701,37913Magnolia / Magnet
57The Tree$2,087-65%3-1$696$18,2173Zeitgeist Films
58The First Grader$1,773--3--$591$332,30612National Geographic
59The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,770--1--$1,770$24,48912Argot Pictures
60Salvation Boulevard$1,62668%20$813$16,4263IFC Films
61The Robber$1,515--1--$1,515$74,41214Kino International
62If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,349-78%3-2$450$53,0106Oscilloscope
63Hesher$1,30029%20$650$382,94612Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Rapt$1,223-79%1-2$1,223$30,0604Lorber Films
65Tuesday, After Christmas$1,164--1--$1,164$24,47710Lorber Films
66The Sleeping Beauty$1,070-67%31$357$23,0924Strand Releasing
67Road to Nowhere$1,009-72%2-3$505$35,7388Monterey Media
68Viva Riva!$1,000-73%40$250$52,6848Music Box Films
69Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$985-52%20$493$232,67846Collective Eye
70Rejoice and Shout$895-60%3-1$298$88,0759Magnolia Pictures
71The Last Mountain$876-77%2-1$438$112,1709Dada Films
72Making The Boys$706--1--$706$33,44321First Run Features
73The Music Never Stopped$631227%2-2$316$256,59020Roadside Attractions
74Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$598-28%10$598$181,93122Strand Releasing
75Daylight (2011)$59615%0-1--$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio
76Winter in Wartime$594-89%2-3$297$542,86020Sony Pictures Classics
7735 and Ticking$571-47%2-1$286$94,65211Image Entertainment
78The Conspirator$510-91%3-7$170$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
79Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$461--1--$461$16,64612Strand Releasing
80Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$259,36230First Run Features
81Pianomania$338--1--$338$15,34410First Run Features
82Potiche$313-40%10$313$1,618,84419Music Box Films
83The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$286-86%1-2$286$149,40118Lorber Films
84Film Socialisme$25519%10$255$27,4329Lorber Films
85The Arbor$203-87%1-1$203$17,16214Strand Releasing