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. 28 - Sun, Oct. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$34,077,439--3,952--$8,623$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$18,144,516-65%3,3298$5,450$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$12,050,368--3,122--$3,860$12,050,3681Fox
4Footloose (2011)$5,502,026-47%3,224-331$1,707$38,544,8253Paramount
5The Rum Diary$5,135,369--2,272--$2,260$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
6Real Steel$4,783,149-56%2,914-498$1,641$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,507,359-60%3,0170$1,163$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$2,804,435-42%1,572-470$1,784$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$2,387,049-40%1,631-722$1,464$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$1,838,096-26%1,134-61$1,621$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$1,693,915-56%1,5542$1,090$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$1,633,429-61%1,838-990$889$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
1350/50$1,408,150-50%1,194-738$1,179$31,339,8635Summit
14The Thing (2011)$857,325-72%1,394-1601$615$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RA. One$1,654,023--189--$8,751$1,654,0231Eros International
2Anonymous$1,021,768--265--$3,856$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
3Margin Call$729,09630%14084$5,208$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
4Dream House$397,815-65%585-639$680$20,834,3955Universal
5The Help$392,658-45%450-326$873$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
6The Way$358,267-29%258-25$1,389$1,610,0244Producers Distribution Agency
7Contagion$335,315-61%411-490$816$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$267,464-56%194-173$1,379$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
9The Smurfs$250,972-35%303-24$828$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
10The Mighty Macs$227,619-76%389-586$585$1,513,3132Quaker Media
11The Big Year$227,149-86%423-1727$537$6,820,2293Fox
12Abduction$204,668-65%351-402$583$27,162,7806Lionsgate
13The Lion King 3D$203,763-84%378-713$539$93,143,4697Disney
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$174,885-26%231-18$757$175,888,65213Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$153,975-36%250-58$616$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$111,150-39%163-77$682$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
17Killer Elite$108,443-74%257-494$422$24,909,6216Open Road
18Cars 2$89,066-38%143-50$623$191,130,18919Disney
19Colombiana$79,917-32%151-25$529$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
20Captain America: The First Avenger$78,429-51%139-45$564$176,551,17615Paramount
21Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$62,465-42%151-27$414$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
22Apollo 18$50,813737%120107$423$17,605,1929Weinstein Company
23Fright Night (2011)$38,053-49%108-12$352$18,269,10711Disney / DreamWorks
24The Hammer (2011)$8,442--102--$83$8,4421Archstone Distribution / D&E Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$248,22580%3228$7,757$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Take Shelter$190,8155%9136$2,097$765,1215Sony Pictures Classics
3The Skin I Live In$180,713-27%3110$5,829$833,8333Sony Pictures Classics
4Like Crazy$123,140--4--$30,785$123,1401Paramount Vantage
5October Baby$102,096--13--$7,854$102,0961IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Born to Be Wild 3D$80,330-14%490$1,639$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Guard$62,836-43%56-26$1,122$5,067,22714Sony Pictures Classics
8Midnight in Paris$61,167-44%61-35$1,003$55,378,52424Sony Pictures Classics
9Cowboys & Aliens$60,515-36%91-40$665$100,215,11614Universal
10The Afflicted$50,820-44%11-2$4,620$175,7422Nocturnal Features
11The Debt$50,187-50%87-32$577$31,146,5709Focus
12Hubble 3D$47,856-44%22-2$2,175$29,445,24785Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Shark Night 3D$46,049-31%90-12$512$18,797,2869Relativity Media
14Laugh at My Pain$44,126-60%51-52$865$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
15What's Your Number?$42,522-86%62-281$686$13,855,6745Fox
16Breakaway$41,288--14--$2,949$1,809,9235Alliance Films
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$41,18248%7522$549$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
18Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$36,586-34%26-3$1,407$743,75417International Film Circuit
19Mozart's Sister$28,773-30%320$899$481,08511Music Box Films
20The Women on the 6th Floor$27,011-45%16-1$1,688$206,0204Strand Releasing
21The Double (2011)$26,640--11--$2,422$26,6401Image Entertainment
22Weekend$24,317-50%18-8$1,351$383,4126IFC Films
23Le Havre$19,644-25%71$2,806$60,0182Janus Films
24Munger Road$17,369-42%10-6$1,737$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
25Blackthorn$17,005-35%16-3$1,063$124,2894Magnolia Pictures
26Love Crime$16,746-42%25-1$670$487,8009IFC Films
27All's Faire in Love$16,440--75--$219$16,4401Hannover House
28Revenge of the Electric Car$16,324-7%31$5,441$43,0742Area23a
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$15,057115%114$1,369$179,3569Music Box Films
30Inni$14,903--3--$4,968$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
31Under the Sea 3D$14,783-32%120$1,232$29,987,052142Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Sarah's Key$14,070-37%29-19$485$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
33The Mill and the Cross$13,704-44%11-4$1,246$190,2027Kino Lorber
34The Man Nobody Knew$13,35426%50$2,671$102,5586First Run Features
35Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,3332%3910$342$203,5865Magnolia / Magnet
36Our Idiot Brother$12,880-62%51-28$253$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
37Machine Gun Preacher$12,647-60%13-12$973$505,3616Relativity Media
38Urbanized$11,948--1--$11,948$11,9481Undefined
39Senna$11,585-28%12-8$965$1,586,69212Producers Distribution Agency
40Higher Ground$11,265-50%26-10$433$802,29610Sony Pictures Classics
41The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,208-34%130$862$248,9388IFC Films
42Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,18627%100$1,119$4,328,844773D Entertainment
43Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,474-59%10$9,474$38,7132Submarine Deluxe
44Warrior (2011)$7,736-73%31-34$250$13,651,6628Lionsgate
45My Reincarnation$6,498--2--$3,249$6,4981Long Shot Factory
46Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$6,333--4--$1,583$26,2697International Film Circuit
47Finding Joe$6,277-14%5-2$1,255$55,5185Balcony Releasing
48Le Bonheur des Autres$6,140-76%9-15$682$225,6634Entertainment One Films
49Seven Days in Utopia$5,927-48%11-9$539$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
50The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$5,792-62%12-12$483$118,4714IFC Films
51Texas Killing Fields$5,708-39%73$815$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
52Circumstance$5,659-38%7-3$808$429,40510Roadside Attractions
53Space Station 3D$5,109--1--$5,109$84,409,797498IMAX
54Point Blank$4,85211%110$441$695,69114Magnolia / Magnet
55Paul Goodman Changed My Life$4,517-21%10$4,517$17,7032Zeitgeist Films
56I Don't Know How She Does It$4,240-52%14-15$303$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,008-41%31$1,003$247,09119Abramorama
58City of Life and Death$2,902--1--$2,902$119,92225Kino International
59Labios Rojos$2,719-89%11-32$247$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
60Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,70727%80$338$16,0504Kino Lorber
61OKA!$2,290159%21$1,145$10,0303Dada Films
62Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,221-82%6-15$370$483,2859Indomina Media
63The Future$1,909-63%5-9$382$564,66114Roadside Attractions
64The Names of Love$1,877-26%1-2$1,877$507,99319Music Box Films
65Happy, Happy$1,813141%2-1$907$38,1947Magnolia Pictures
66Restless (2011)$1,808-49%9-2$201$157,0227Sony Pictures Classics
67Restitution$1,779--1--$1,779$1,7791Monterey Media
68Hell and Back Again$1,574-32%20$787$19,1374Docurama Films
69Fireflies in the Garden$1,477-92%2-12$739$69,8193Independent
70Magic Trip$1,322204%31$441$153,94313Magnolia Pictures
71Sidewalls$1,304--1--$1,304$1,7341IFC Films
72Brighton Rock (2011)$1,139-74%6-5$190$223,88710IFC Films
73Where Soldiers Come From$1,012-52%2-1$506$33,7888International Film Circuit
74American Teacher$788--1--$788$26,3565First Run Features
753 (2010)$778-84%1-4$778$50,4167Strand Releasing
76Bellflower$774287%31$258$165,45813Oscilloscope
77Dirty Girl$743-82%1-4$743$51,4314Weinstein Company
78Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$630116%2-2$315$1,197,55317Sony Pictures Classics
79Limelight (2011)$612-42%1-2$612$56,4836Magnolia Pictures
80El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$593-90%2-7$297$157,81614Alive Mind Cinema
81The Tree$563-28%10$563$65,02516Zeitgeist Films
82Project Nim$510-70%3-9$170$405,89017Roadside Attractions
83Life, Above All$450-82%3-2$150$130,94316Sony Pictures Classics
84Bill Cunningham New York$420-45%10$420$1,508,15033Zeitgeist Films
85The Last Circus$277-58%20$139$39,14411Magnolia / Magnet
86Mysteries of Lisbon$235-85%1-2$235$109,88513Music Box Films
87Special Treatment$201-66%10$201$8,51210First Run Features
88Thunder Soul$165-84%40$41$143,5686Roadside Attractions
89Griff the Invisible$128--1--$128$20,90611Indomina Media