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, Oct. 7 - Sun, Oct. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$27,319,677--3,440--$7,942$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$10,470,143--2,199--$4,761$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$9,131,091-34%3,478-37$2,625$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$7,453,989-38%3,01825$2,470$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
550/50$5,652,149-35%2,47921$2,280$17,482,5212Summit
6Courageous$4,867,876-47%1,1610$4,193$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$4,598,606-57%2,267-73$2,028$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$4,475,525-45%2,6643$1,680$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$3,126,782-42%3,0119$1,038$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$2,942,322-40%2,250-494$1,308$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$2,893,684-48%2,591-527$1,117$23,362,8263Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$2,201,362-55%2,411-575$913$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$1,945,048-36%2,064-441$942$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$1,842,563-44%1,330-644$1,385$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$512,05652%515104$994$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$467,823-36%248-30$1,886$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$405,86149%407155$997$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$311,753-29%303-47$1,029$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$295,891-45%382-209$775$174,937,80310Fox
6Cars 2$284,613-26%2627$1,086$190,462,89816Disney
7The Debt$248,929-60%358-245$695$30,564,7666Focus
8Colombiana$227,769-44%245-167$930$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,241-49%222-183$911$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$170,753-63%319-388$535$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$158,889-56%365-345$435$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$147,469-30%198-55$745$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$147,290-21%206-35$715$99,768,67111Universal
14Midnight in Paris$130,882-28%119-21$1,100$54,905,64321Sony Pictures Classics
15The Guard$119,125-38%124-33$961$4,646,79611Sony Pictures Classics
16Horrible Bosses$101,021-41%142-80$711$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
17I Don't Know How She Does It$100,112-75%240-505$417$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
18Straw Dogs (2011)$87,594-79%181-693$484$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
19Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,901-59%143-65$580$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
20Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$70,221-46%114-102$616$23,820,0767FilmDistrict
21Shark Night 3D$66,288-53%145-147$457$18,595,9886Relativity Media
22Sarah's Key$58,670-47%113-26$519$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
23Restless (2011)$33,46460%12683$266$117,6024Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$354,306-35%480$7,381$1,066,5082Alliance Films
2Rascals$168,082--61--$2,755$168,0821Eros Entertainment
3Machine Gun Preacher$112,56633%9360$1,210$291,1983Relativity Media
4The Way$110,418--33--$3,346$110,4181Producers Distribution Agency
5Born to Be Wild 3D$104,093-7%490$2,124$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Le Bonheur des Autres$58,765--29--$2,026$58,7651Entertainment One Films
7Hubble 3D$57,59819%24-2$2,400$29,115,97682Warner Bros. / IMAX
81911$55,850--33--$1,692$55,8501Variance Films
9Seven Days in Utopia$53,315-37%77-58$692$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
10Take Shelter$52,0020%118$4,727$126,2232Sony Pictures Classics
11Munger Road$51,07440%98$5,675$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
12The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$49,456--18--$2,748$49,4561IFC Films
13Weekend$49,3422%148$3,524$162,6943IFC Films
14The Hedgehog$41,479-14%293$1,430$676,9178NeoClassics Films
15Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$40,992-52%8-3$5,124$156,7232Nocturnal Features
16Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$39,776-25%4413$904$111,3422Magnolia / Magnet
17Love Crime$36,847-21%298$1,271$348,7176IFC Films
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,778-47%68-35$541$68,181,94017Fox
19Thunder Soul$34,440108%3724$931$120,6513Roadside Attractions
20Bad Teacher$32,554-93%64-290$509$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$32,270-40%27-7$1,195$409,2116Indomina Media
22Final Destination 5$30,599-60%61-83$502$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
23Our Idiot Brother$28,178-56%67-69$421$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
24Mausam$27,966-73%960$291$712,8263Eros International
25The Women on the 6th Floor$26,636--6--$4,439$26,6361Strand Releasing
26Senna$26,220-40%31-1$846$1,310,9699Producers Distribution Agency
27Mozart's Sister$25,925-20%235$1,127$322,0568Music Box Films
28Fright Night (2011)$23,77542%22-1$1,081$18,114,1598Disney / DreamWorks
29Under the Sea 3D$21,4678%100$2,147$29,887,823139Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Higher Ground$18,977-61%34-17$558$701,0527Sony Pictures Classics
31Dirty Girl$17,859--9--$1,984$17,8591Weinstein Company
32Apollo 18$17,124-67%46-68$372$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
33The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,702-49%8-1$2,088$161,3135IFC Films
34Circumstance$16,163-21%18-5$898$371,9637Roadside Attractions
35Blackthorn$15,254--8--$1,907$15,2541Magnolia Pictures
36The Mill and the Cross$13,777-34%81$1,722$102,1174Kino Lorber
37Margaret$13,12974%1412$938$24,9502Fox Searchlight
38The Whistleblower$12,335-46%30-4$411$1,074,89210IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39The Tree of Life$9,872-44%11-18$897$13,279,56620Fox Searchlight
40Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,132-52%100$913$4,289,620743D Entertainment
41Brighton Rock (2011)$8,466-37%23-1$368$200,7217IFC Films
42The Man Nobody Knew$7,497-46%30$2,499$47,7173First Run Features
43Muran$7,413-55%7-3$1,059$27,2082UTV Communications
44Mysteries of Lisbon$7,278-11%50$1,456$100,59210Music Box Films
45Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,930-16%62$1,155$140,0046Music Box Films
46Point Blank$6,850-64%16-8$428$661,72011Magnolia / Magnet
47Puncture$6,700-34%51$1,340$55,9863Millennium Entertainment
48American Teacher$5,860-3%1-1$5,860$16,7252First Run Features
49Space Station 3D$5,698-25%10$5,698$84,316,636495IMAX
50Finding Joe$5,511-37%21$2,756$17,0392Balcony Releasing
51The Interrupters$4,902-1%61$817$209,13011Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,629-72%7-5$661$592,95214International Film Circuit
53Limelight (2011)$4,460-29%10$4,460$32,8843Magnolia Pictures
54The Names of Love$4,222-19%2-9$2,111$492,62016Music Box Films
55The Future$3,933-55%15-1$262$544,78711Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,920-62%2-1$1,960$225,50616Abramorama
57Amigo$3,661--5--$732$139,0498Variance Films
58Hell and Back Again$3,413--1--$3,413$4,8091Docurama Films
59A Bird of the Air$3,146289%21$1,573$8,8993Paladin
603 (2010)$2,99591%3-3$998$35,0704Strand Releasing
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,75913%3-4$920$1,065,15117Magnolia Pictures
62The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,680598%21$1,340$20,2645The Film Desk
63Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,445278%43$611$378,67116Hannover House
64Life, Above All$2,32531%92$258$119,68813Sony Pictures Classics
65Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,320-76%90$258$13,6342UTV Communications
66El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,248-72%3-4$749$135,30611Alive Mind Cinema
67People v. The State of Illusion$2,246-29%10$2,246$38,3335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Incendiary: The Willingham Case$2,058-50%31$686$18,1143Truly Indie
69Happy, Happy$1,962-68%2-5$981$27,7464Magnolia Pictures
70The Sons of Tennessee Williams$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921First Run Features
71Bellflower$1,418-50%8-5$177$160,98110Oscilloscope
72Where Soldiers Come From$1,353-83%30$451$26,7125International Film Circuit
73Jig$1,283--1--$1,283$183,79017Screen Media Films
74Magic Trip$1,178-61%4-1$295$145,05610Magnolia Pictures
75The Tree$1,107-69%3-3$369$58,67513Zeitgeist Films
76Bill Cunningham New York$976179%10$976$1,502,68330Zeitgeist Films
77Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$946-86%4-2$237$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
78Shaolin$913--1--$913$64,3275Variance Films
79Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$8105%2-2$405$1,192,10614Sony Pictures Classics
80The Whale$757-83%1-1$757$20,5425Paladin
81My Joy$702-66%10$702$3,7562Kino Lorber
82Rapt$652152%31$217$41,58414Lorber Films
83Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$600-74%20$300$19,4154International Film Circuit
84Jane's Journey$555-42%20$278$15,1374First Run Features
85The Last Circus$512-69%2-3$256$35,4788Magnolia / Magnet
86Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$442--1--$442$244,66956Collective Eye
87Special Treatment$351--1--$351$7,2377First Run Features
88Project Nim$250-86%6-1$42$399,00114Roadside Attractions
89WAR: Women Art Revolution$178-78%10$178$51,06719Zeitgeist Films