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, Sep. 30 - Sun, Oct. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$13,912,419-27%3,5158$3,958$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2Moneyball$12,031,592-38%2,9930$4,020$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
3The Lion King 3D$10,615,645-52%2,34010$4,537$79,209,7943Disney
4Courageous$9,112,839--1,161--$7,849$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
550/50$8,644,095--2,458--$3,517$8,644,0951Summit
6Dream House$8,129,335--2,661--$3,055$8,129,3551Universal
7Abduction$5,608,053-49%3,1180$1,799$19,097,2412Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$5,421,669--3,002--$1,806$5,421,6691Fox
9Killer Elite$4,916,839-47%2,9860$1,647$17,501,2862Open Road
10Contagion$4,907,154-42%2,744-392$1,788$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$3,289,714-43%1,974-930$1,667$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$3,015,995-31%2,505-190$1,204$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$735,231-35%278-9$2,645$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$628,884-50%603-464$1,043$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$541,075-53%591-587$916$174,482,6299Fox
4Bad Teacher$473,817194%354122$1,338$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
5Warrior (2011)$460,263-59%707-704$651$13,082,6674Lionsgate
6Captain America: The First Avenger$436,20744%35016$1,246$175,330,41811Paramount
7Straw Dogs (2011)$426,681-79%874-1534$488$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
8Colombiana$407,354-56%412-435$989$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9I Don't Know How She Does It$401,675-80%745-1745$539$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$398,083-49%405-270$983$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$382,241--255--$1,499$190,061,32915Disney
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$359,592-50%710-497$506$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
13The Smurfs$336,049-38%411-258$818$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$273,263-29%252-68$1,084$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
15Zookeeper$211,317-32%253-41$835$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$200,720-50%208-43$965$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
17The Guard$193,343-22%157-10$1,231$4,455,13510Sony Pictures Classics
18Cowboys & Aliens$186,795-33%241-104$775$99,552,61110Universal
19Midnight in Paris$180,622-19%140-25$1,290$54,697,32920Sony Pictures Classics
20Horrible Bosses$171,737-36%222-91$774$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
21Shark Night 3D$141,688-70%292-345$485$18,492,1055Relativity Media
22Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$129,142-63%216-208$598$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
23Sarah's Key$109,812-17%139-12$790$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
24Seven Days in Utopia$84,244-64%135-137$624$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
25Final Destination 5$75,574-55%144-110$525$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
26Mr. Popper's Penguins$69,498-36%103-50$675$68,131,16016Fox
27Our Idiot Brother$64,252-75%136-275$472$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
28Apollo 18$52,239-72%114-225$458$17,486,0595Weinstein Company
29Conan the Barbarian (2011)$50,505146%11559$439$21,270,9047Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$546,866--48--$11,393$546,8661Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$111,946-3%490$2,285$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Mausam$103,018-78%960$1,073$655,5522Eros International
4Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$86,086--11--$7,826$86,0861Nocturnal Features
5Machine Gun Preacher$84,73288%3329$2,568$142,9312Relativity Media
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$53,376-35%34-14$1,570$355,2785Indomina Media
7Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$52,843--31--$1,705$52,8431Magnolia / Magnet
8Take Shelter$52,041--3--$17,347$52,0411Sony Pictures Classics
9Weekend$48,41878%65$8,070$92,2322IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$48,259-23%260$1,856$29,017,20881Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Hedgehog$48,138--26--$1,851$492,2677NeoClassics Films
12Higher Ground$48,079-31%51-13$943$661,2926Sony Pictures Classics
13Love Crime$46,867-3%211$2,232$293,0765IFC Films
14Senna$43,9074%321$1,372$1,257,2918Producers Distribution Agency
15Munger Road$36,605--1--$36,605$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
16The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$32,7121%93$3,635$126,2404IFC Films
17Mozart's Sister$32,481-12%18-4$1,805$284,1057Music Box Films
18The Whistleblower$22,799-23%34-16$671$1,052,0149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Pearl Jam Twenty$21,585-79%5-5$4,317$454,7842Abramorama
20The Mill and the Cross$20,982-4%72$2,997$76,9423Kino Lorber
21Restless (2011)$20,96035%4326$487$70,7913Sony Pictures Classics
22Circumstance$20,387-38%23-6$886$345,7236Roadside Attractions
23Under the Sea 3D$19,88417%102$1,988$29,857,505138Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,212-20%10-2$1,921$4,271,367733D Entertainment
25Point Blank$18,888-6%24-2$787$646,09510Magnolia / Magnet
26The Tree of Life$17,740-44%29-10$612$13,246,06919Fox Searchlight
27Fright Night (2011)$16,730-14%23-21$727$18,084,0907Disney / DreamWorks
28Thunder Soul$16,538-68%13-22$1,272$81,3902Roadside Attractions
29Muran$16,490--10--$1,649$16,4901UTV Communications
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$16,32016%122$1,360$582,87013International Film Circuit
31The Man Nobody Knew$13,762-11%32$4,587$34,8072First Run Features
32Brighton Rock (2011)$13,535-9%246$564$186,0166IFC Films
33Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,200693%32$3,400$214,68615Abramorama
34Puncture$10,141-65%40$2,535$46,0382Millennium Entertainment
35Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$9,548--9--$1,061$9,5481UTV Communications
36Another Earth$8,90259%151$593$1,316,07411Fox Searchlight
37Finding Joe$8,753--1--$8,753$8,7531Balcony Releasing
38The Future$8,654-7%16-11$541$535,95710Roadside Attractions
39Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,271-19%4-3$2,068$130,6255Music Box Films
40Mysteries of Lisbon$8,14517%51$1,629$89,3399Music Box Films
41El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$8,031130%73$1,147$125,82710Alive Mind Cinema
42Where Soldiers Come From$7,82636%30$2,609$25,3594International Film Circuit
43Space Station 3D$7,573-9%1-2$7,573$84,310,794494IMAX
44Margaret$7,525--2--$3,763$7,5251Fox Searchlight
45Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$6,911--6--$1,152$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
46Limelight (2011)$6,321-34%10$6,321$24,5932Magnolia Pictures
47Happy, Happy$6,06144%74$866$22,5033Magnolia Pictures
48American Teacher$6,036--2--$3,018$6,0361First Run Features
49The Names of Love$5,227-24%111$475$486,30215Music Box Films
50The Interrupters$4,939-39%5-2$988$199,61110Cinema Guild
51The Whale$4,5566%21$2,278$18,7794Paladin
52Fancypants$4,227--1--$4,227$4,2271Undefined
53Incendiary: The Willingham Case$4,120-44%21$2,060$13,1702Truly Indie
54The Tree$3,542321%64$590$55,66412Zeitgeist Films
55People v. The State of Illusion$3,162-28%10$3,162$33,9874IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
56Magic Trip$3,02938%5-2$606$142,6009Magnolia Pictures
57Bellflower$2,814-34%131$216$155,0709Oscilloscope
58Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,44614%71$349$1,060,05416Magnolia Pictures
59Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$2,32029%20$1,160$17,9333International Film Circuit
60My Joy$2,077--1--$2,077$2,0771Kino Lorber
61Project Nim$1,851-59%7-11$264$397,78513Roadside Attractions
62Life, Above All$1,778-53%7-9$254$116,53712Sony Pictures Classics
63Benda Bilili!$1,678--1--$1,678$1,6781National Geographic
64The Last Circus$1,634-63%50$327$34,5807Magnolia / Magnet
653 (2010)$1,569-82%60$262$31,0493Strand Releasing
66Griff the Invisible$1,307--1--$1,307$20,0837Indomina Media
67Jane's Journey$959-81%21$480$14,1523First Run Features
68Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$952-86%2-1$476$25,8443Nocturnal Features
69WAR: Women Art Revolution$818-54%1-1$818$49,70618Zeitgeist Films
70A Bird of the Air$809-79%10$809$5,4622Paladin
71Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$774-83%4-8$194$1,190,36913Sony Pictures Classics
72Turtle: The Incredible Journey$646-7%1-1$646$375,73615Hannover House
73Pianomania$604-20%1-1$604$28,50919First Run Features
74Leap Year (2011)$405--1--$405$12,56115Strand Releasing
75The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$384--1--$384$16,3324The Film Desk
76Aurora$371--1--$371$5,06114Cinema Guild
77Bill Cunningham New York$350-50%10$350$1,500,81329Zeitgeist Films
78Rapt$259-30%21$130$40,89113Lorber Films
79Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$217-53%10$217$20,7265Argot Pictures
80The Robber$192--1--$192$82,17223Kino International
81Film Socialisme$188-6%10$188$31,73318Lorber Films