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, Dec. 2 - Sun, Dec. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,535,465-60%4,046-20$4,087$246,926,4093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$11,082,755-62%3,4400$3,222$56,357,1702Disney
3Hugo$7,557,709-33%1,840563$4,107$25,121,1852Paramount
4Arthur Christmas$7,401,736-39%3,3760$2,192$25,343,4872Sony / Columbia
5Happy Feet Two$5,919,390-56%3,536-75$1,674$51,704,5663Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$5,356,973-46%3,04920$1,757$64,165,4544Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$4,464,889-50%2,627-50$1,700$75,659,1744Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$3,953,925-45%2,404-70$1,645$70,598,7555Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$3,042,241-59%2,750-255$1,106$139,514,4426Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$2,308,411-54%1,98575$1,163$32,569,4924Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$570,147100%1,004817$568$73,787,48511Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$515,897103%1,016857$508$40,123,5909Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$4,789,741-35%574141$8,344$17,677,0713Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$1,179,545-33%2440$4,834$3,860,7512Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$985,378-38%710-165$1,388$33,085,3455Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$555,102-28%421-36$1,319$35,850,4956Fox
5Dolphin Tale$315,27870%410194$769$70,714,87611Warner Bros.
6Melancholia$270,335-18%12934$2,096$1,601,9184Magnolia Pictures
7Like Crazy$257,767-39%1522$1,696$2,874,3736Paramount Vantage
8Midnight in Paris$241,434310%305264$792$55,944,59229Sony Pictures Classics
9Margin Call$215,438-27%15011$1,436$4,684,7557Roadside Attractions
10Courageous$212,8982%26554$803$33,036,12410Sony / TriStar
11Real Steel$183,228-45%253-9$724$83,425,0099Disney / DreamWorks
12The Way$178,076-13%16059$1,113$3,623,7249Producers Distribution Agency
13The Help$175,552-44%262-21$670$169,036,25217Disney / DreamWorks
14Desi Boyz$170,511-76%1030$1,655$984,6792Eros International
15The Skin I Live In$156,767-15%11625$1,351$2,649,7338Sony Pictures Classics
16Footloose (2011)$142,667-51%309-75$462$51,031,2348Paramount
1750/50$132,180-33%196-14$674$34,760,17110Summit
18The Smurfs$131,777-45%32779$403$142,500,16419Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$130,883-52%255-100$513$103,442,4447Paramount
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$118,889-48%208-16$572$20,094,4657Summit
21Abduction$94,514-29%151-12$626$27,967,67711Lionsgate
22Anonymous$71,8834%10533$685$4,395,4566Sony / Columbia
23Contagion$71,007-54%155-63$458$75,566,37913Warner Bros.
24Rockstar$4,608-87%1120$41$985,9124Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$349,519--10--$34,952$349,5191Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$211,2653%62$35,211$501,6242Weinstein Company
3A Dangerous Method$119,574-29%40$29,894$412,9372Sony Pictures Classics
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$91,343-48%84-29$1,087$2,732,0117Fox Searchlight
5Pastorela$82,175--55--$1,494$82,1751Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$72,01330%245$3,001$159,5312Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$64,295-28%490$1,312$14,564,38335Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Drive (2011)$60,515-35%86-7$704$34,598,32212FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$43,435-44%84-19$517$176,646,39618Fox
10Take Shelter$42,379-16%545$785$1,507,33810Sony Pictures Classics
11The Rum Diary$38,110-30%639$605$13,018,8996FilmDistrict
12The Lion King 3D$36,687-65%53-15$692$94,124,60612Disney
13Hubble 3D$33,858-52%17-4$1,992$29,932,58890Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Le Havre$21,618-19%164$1,351$267,3487Janus Films
15Kinyarwanda$21,097--7--$3,014$21,0971AFFRM
16Eames: The Architect and the Painter$20,63913%123$1,720$85,7983First Run Features
17The Women on the 6th Floor$19,47313%11-5$1,770$363,9789Strand Releasing
18Into the Abyss$14,494-24%212$690$175,1844IFC Films
19Answers to Nothing$14,262--21--$679$14,2621Roadside Attractions
20Under the Sea 3D$14,185-43%7-1$2,026$30,161,904147Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Tomboy (2011)$13,710-24%5-1$2,742$54,2503Dada Films
22The Guard$13,074-34%17-6$769$5,297,63919Sony Pictures Classics
23The Big Year$11,466-54%25-28$459$7,179,5048Fox
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$10,525-40%154$702$182,5797Submarine Deluxe
25Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,7607%61$1,627$51,4694Variance Films
26Sleeping Beauty (2011)$9,207--2--$4,604$9,2071IFC Films
27Crazy Wisdom$9,007-13%21$4,504$26,0012Alive Mind Cinema
28Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$8,910-67%31-17$287$38,528,66616Weinstein Company
29The Man Nobody Knew$8,2781465%43$2,070$148,58411First Run Features
30Cars 2$7,686-73%40-23$192$191,446,62524Disney
31Outrage$6,518--2--$3,259$6,5181Magnolia / Magnet
32Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$6,341-50%90$705$4,411,823823D Entertainment
33Mozart's Sister$6,215-43%10-3$622$628,27816Music Box Films
34Khodorkovsky$6,110--1--$6,110$9,6341Kino Lorber
35Inni$5,774-18%72$825$109,4696Cinema Purgatorio
36Young Goethe In Love$5,71711%52$1,143$65,7575Music Box Films
37The Mill and the Cross$5,67851%62$946$254,45212Kino Lorber
38Blackthorn$5,504150%63$917$169,2309Magnolia Pictures
39Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,99767%5-2$999$832,79722International Film Circuit
40Circumstance$3,960--2--$1,980$445,78915Roadside Attractions
41The Other F Word$3,604-7%2-2$1,802$49,4125Oscilloscope
42Sarah's Key$2,956-71%7-20$422$7,691,70020Weinstein Company
43House of Tolerance$2,767-42%10$2,767$10,8712IFC Films
44Revenge of the Electric Car$2,545-46%2-1$1,273$124,8187Area23a
45America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$2,182--1--$2,182$11,9268PMK*BNC
46Laugh at My Pain$2,038-6%51$408$7,704,48113CodeBlack Entertainment
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,940-71%1-2$1,940$188,17819Alive Mind Cinema
48My Reincarnation$1,902-12%1-1$1,902$30,7976Long Shot Factory
49Tyrannosaur$1,39273%30$464$13,4543Strand Releasing
50Hell and Back Again$1,300--1--$1,300$32,4609Docurama Films
51Higher Ground$1,26227%60$210$834,10315Sony Pictures Classics
52Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,099--1--$1,099$23,2097Zeitgeist Films
53Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$1,017--3--$339$227,83514Music Box Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$980-36%1-2$980$36,73812International Film Circuit
55The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$837-38%2-1$419$30,7943Music Box Films
56The Whale$707-89%1-1$707$55,22413Paladin
57Thunder Soul$279--1--$279$143,98611Roadside Attractions
58Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$277-89%10$277$17,60120The Film Desk
59Rapt$205-59%10$205$45,29422Lorber Films
60The Conquest$118-91%1-2$118$160,1694Music Box Films
61Restless (2011)$18-98%1-2$18$162,03012Sony Pictures Classics