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. 14 - Sun, Oct. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$16,291,655-40%3,4400$4,736$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$15,556,113--3,549--$4,383$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$8,493,665--2,996--$2,835$8,493,6651Universal
4The Ides of March$7,108,846-32%2,1990$3,233$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$6,233,185-32%3,286-192$1,897$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$5,456,730-27%2,840-178$1,921$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
750/50$4,260,087-25%2,391-88$1,782$24,279,1523Summit
8Courageous$3,305,238-32%1,21453$2,723$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$3,251,884--2,150--$1,513$3,251,8841Fox
10The Lion King 3D$2,792,403-39%1,970-297$1,417$90,536,3185Disney
11Dream House$2,465,220-45%2,172-492$1,135$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$1,811,190-38%1,684-566$1,076$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
13Abduction$1,427,194-51%1,707-884$836$25,778,6854Lionsgate
14The Help$1,187,684-39%1,267-797$937$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$1,145,159-63%1,282-1729$893$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$1,031,220-53%1,431-980$721$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$1,116,149-39%703-627$1,588$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$440,526-14%370-145$1,191$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$284,548-30%330-77$862$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Laugh at My Pain$272,941-42%188-60$1,452$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
5The Way$250,734127%10269$2,458$413,8512Producers Distribution Agency
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$238,361-19%273-109$873$175,306,81211Fox
7Captain America: The First Avenger$233,254-25%246-57$948$176,173,78713Paramount
8Cars 2$212,215-25%2653$801$190,785,74517Disney
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$201,41127%311-54$648$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
10The Debt$171,857-31%200-158$859$30,875,2627Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$140,385-5%2082$675$99,968,83112Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$131,606-35%162-60$812$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
13Midnight in Paris$129,387-1%107-12$1,209$55,107,08222Sony Pictures Classics
14Zookeeper$110,995-25%155-43$716$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
15Colombiana$100,691-56%132-113$763$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
16Warrior (2011)$68,436-60%135-184$507$13,572,5436Lionsgate
17Shark Night 3D$40,241-39%115-30$350$18,656,1457Relativity Media
18I Don't Know How She Does It$34,153-66%107-133$319$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$223,924-37%31-17$7,223$1,481,7353Alliance Films
2The Skin I Live In$223,119--6--$37,187$223,1191Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$116,302124%2413$4,846$272,5213Sony Pictures Classics
4The Guard$106,717-10%94-30$1,135$4,824,66112Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$97,464-6%490$1,989$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Labios Rojos$73,476--67--$1,097$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Le Bonheur des Autres$71,63222%312$2,311$162,3032Entertainment One Films
8Weekend$68,47239%2410$2,853$258,0024IFC Films
9Munger Road$63,08424%3223$1,971$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
10Machine Gun Preacher$56,848-49%43-50$1,322$412,9944Relativity Media
11Hubble 3D$55,953-3%20-4$2,798$29,214,33883Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Horrible Bosses$54,405-46%85-57$640$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Greatest Miracle$53,824--13--$4,140$53,8241Undefined
14Sarah's Key$45,844-22%86-27$533$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$43,081-39%80-34$539$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
16Love Crime$41,57013%28-1$1,485$413,1367IFC Films
17War of the Arrows$40,685--16--$2,543$40,6853CJ Entertainment
18Rascals$40,155-76%610$658$261,1562Eros Entertainment
19The Women on the 6th Floor$39,98250%148$2,856$84,5042Strand Releasing
20Fireflies in the Garden$36,884--5--$7,377$36,8841Independent
21The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$34,679-30%224$1,576$84,7612IFC Films
22Mozart's Sister$33,53629%285$1,198$370,1029Music Box Films
23Blackthorn$29,72695%2113$1,416$55,0062Magnolia Pictures
24Higher Ground$29,04453%5319$548$741,9798Sony Pictures Classics
25Senna$28,83210%24-7$1,201$1,529,83610Producers Distribution Agency
26Silenced$28,354--1--$28,354$28,3541CJ Entertainment
27Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25,196-22%22-5$1,145$450,3327Indomina Media
28Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$24,857-38%37-7$672$153,5653Magnolia / Magnet
29Under the Sea 3D$22,5375%9-1$2,504$29,925,421140Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$22,483386%136$1,729$618,39915International Film Circuit
31The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$22,38534%124$1,865$195,1306IFC Films
321911$21,537-61%20-13$1,077$108,3482Variance Films
33Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,038-46%38-30$527$68,218,04118Fox
34Seven Days in Utopia$19,260-64%41-36$470$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
35Our Idiot Brother$17,648-37%41-26$430$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
36The Mill and the Cross$17,23625%91$1,915$129,4245Kino Lorber
37Trespass (2011)$16,816--10--$1,682$16,8161Millennium Entertainment
38The Whistleblower$16,68935%23-7$726$1,100,77311IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Circumstance$16,5152%191$869$400,1608Roadside Attractions
40The Man Nobody Knew$15,179102%30$5,060$67,7054First Run Features
41Apollo 18$13,091-24%18-28$727$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
42Limelight (2011)$12,863188%43$3,216$49,3614Magnolia Pictures
43Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$10,752-74%80$1,344$190,9953Nocturnal Features
44Finding Joe$10,28287%53$2,056$30,4883Balcony Releasing
45The Interrupters$10,193108%60$1,699$226,74812Cinema Guild
46Dirty Girl$9,873-45%101$987$38,8802Weinstein Company
47Fright Night (2011)$9,301-61%15-7$620$18,126,2489Disney / DreamWorks
48Restless (2011)$9,213-72%25-101$369$145,6305Sony Pictures Classics
49Texas Killing Fields$8,772--3--$2,924$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$8,45523%13-3$650$678,46812Magnolia / Magnet
51Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,232-21%100$723$4,300,064753D Entertainment
52Thunder Soul$6,997-80%12-25$583$139,6024Roadside Attractions
53Turtle: The Incredible Journey$6,353160%40$1,588$385,02417Hannover House
54Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,162-11%60$1,027$150,5337Music Box Films
55Brighton Rock (2011)$6,015-29%13-10$463$211,8508IFC Films
56The Tree of Life$5,740-42%6-5$957$13,292,16721Fox Searchlight
57America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$5,599--3--$1,866$7,2211PMK*BNC
58El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,156129%74$737$141,78212Alive Mind Cinema
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,92426%20$2,462$235,48717Abramorama
60Back Door Channels$4,824--3--$1,608$8,9895Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Future$4,77121%161$298$551,81312Roadside Attractions
62OKA!$4,461--1--$4,461$4,4611Dada Films
633 (2010)$4,20640%41$1,052$40,6695Strand Releasing
64Farmageddon$4,176--4--$1,044$49,12518Undefined
65Margaret$4,153-68%6-8$692$40,3343Fox Searchlight
66Life, Above All$4,13878%101$414$125,61014Sony Pictures Classics
67Happy, Happy$4,124110%42$1,031$32,9725Magnolia Pictures
68Mausam$4,112-85%960$43$725,9664Eros International
69Hell and Back Again$3,5975%21$1,799$11,0572Docurama Films
70The Names of Love$3,363-20%75$480$498,27017Music Box Films
71The Whale$3,183320%21$1,592$23,9476Paladin
72Magic Trip$2,858143%62$476$148,15711Magnolia Pictures
73Puncture$2,619-61%2-3$1,310$61,7734Millennium Entertainment
74Mysteries of Lisbon$2,240-69%61$373$106,83711Music Box Films
75People v. The State of Illusion$2,058-8%10$2,058$42,2026IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
76The Last Circus$1,817255%42$454$37,2959Magnolia / Magnet
77Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,696--8--$212$5,7022Kino Lorber
78Amigo$1,654-55%50$331$144,5849Variance Films
79Incendiary: The Willingham Case$1,418-31%2-1$709$21,8824Truly Indie
80The Tree$1,25313%1-2$1,253$60,43914Zeitgeist Films
81Film Socialisme$1,066--1--$1,066$32,86220Lorber Films
82Bill Cunningham New York$1,0083%10$1,008$1,505,32831Zeitgeist Films
83Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$89611%42$224$1,193,21215Sony Pictures Classics
84The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$685-74%1-1$685$23,1286The Film Desk
85Where Soldiers Come From$567-58%1-2$567$29,2006International Film Circuit
86The Sons of Tennessee Williams$533-64%10$533$2,8522First Run Features
87Bellflower$516-64%3-5$172$164,07511Oscilloscope
88Aurora$273--1--$273$5,33416Cinema Guild
89Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$235--2--$118$41,03710Lorber Films
90WAR: Women Art Revolution$22225%10$222$51,53020Zeitgeist Films
91A Bird of the Air$205-93%1-1$205$10,1524Paladin
92Chalet Girl$192--1--$192$1921IFC Films
93Project Nim$150-40%3-3$50$399,79215Roadside Attractions
94American Teacher$104-98%10$104$24,4533First Run Features
95Page One: Inside the New York Times$58-98%1-2$58$1,067,02818Magnolia Pictures