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. 23 - Sun, Dec. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,556,629131%3,4483023$8,572$61,993,0902Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,270,555-49%3,7030$5,474$79,024,1772Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$12,768,604--2,914--$4,382$21,145,0771Sony / Columbia
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,585,192-46%3,73411$3,370$49,525,3792Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$9,720,993--3,087--$3,149$17,729,0161Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$9,360,434--3,117--$3,003$9,818,9201Fox
7War Horse$7,515,402--2,376--$3,163$7,515,4021Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$3,313,739-55%2,585-920$1,282$32,650,9343Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$3,000,000--2,324--$1,291$3,000,0001Summit
10The Muppets$2,145,762-39%1,752-1056$1,225$75,702,2875Disney
11Hugo$2,131,828-43%1,236-1296$1,725$43,759,0975Paramount
12Arthur Christmas$2,073,319-42%1,804-1125$1,149$43,541,3215Sony / Columbia
13The Sitter$1,739,165-62%1,786-966$974$22,227,3673Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,466,306-65%1,603-1355$915$270,268,2076Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,073,371-37%813-65$2,550$32,364,9236Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$1,746,450-49%9871$1,769$7,155,8983Paramount
3Don 2$1,673,704--161--$10,396$1,731,8381Reliance Big Entertainment
4The Artist$883,063207%167150$5,288$2,381,4935Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$561,097-5%602358$932$6,980,2935Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$410,577-12%389-368$1,055$143,661,7749Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$219,513-80%535-1245$410$59,852,1556Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$185,706-85%385-1525$482$71,256,3257Sony / Columbia
9J. Edgar$142,139-63%455-248$312$36,054,4097Warner Bros.
10Tower Heist$137,255-85%283-1032$485$76,250,1708Universal
11Real Steel$136,96970%22772$603$83,962,78412Disney / DreamWorks
12Immortals$120,959-86%228-988$531$82,364,5817Relativity Media
13Moneyball$114,35251%242144$473$74,506,05914Sony / Columbia
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$111,972-36%24543$457$34,646,1588Warner Bros. / New Line
15Courageous$90,524-12%19291$471$33,684,29213Sony / TriStar
16Dolphin Tale$76,093-61%188-93$405$71,587,24914Warner Bros.
17In Time$44,941-72%131-142$343$36,867,9499Fox
18The Ides of March$44,098-3%14573$304$40,647,23112Sony / Columbia
19Footloose (2011)$42,762-65%182-71$235$51,437,38411Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 3$30,058-67%124-82$242$103,878,05710Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$717,45957%5539$13,045$1,819,0413Focus
2A Dangerous Method$197,23031%5841$3,401$993,4575Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$123,574-60%50-1$2,471$1,530,9914Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$72,348--6--$12,058$72,3481Warner Bros.
5Pina$68,012--3--$22,671$68,0121IFC Films
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$59,004-46%20-5$2,950$624,3465Warner Bros.
7Carnage (2011)$58,216-27%72$8,317$175,8712Sony Pictures Classics
8Melancholia$41,168-69%66-65$624$2,376,1487Magnolia Pictures
9Hubble 3D$33,770-7%15-5$2,251$30,166,13793Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Born to Be Wild 3D$32,178-44%490$657$14,876,31638Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Way$27,270-66%27-66$1,010$4,052,91212Producers Distribution Agency
12Margin Call$20,911-79%30-91$697$5,186,35010Roadside Attractions
13The Help$19,974-72%65-91$307$169,410,75220Disney / DreamWorks
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$18,854--3--$6,285$18,8541FilmDistrict
15The Skin I Live In$14,886-71%34-37$438$2,991,66311Sony Pictures Classics
16Drive (2011)$11,879-72%26-30$457$34,787,20415FilmDistrict
17Midnight in Paris$11,450-79%28-88$409$56,334,39632Sony Pictures Classics
18Like Crazy$11,000-81%30-70$367$3,341,8679Paramount Vantage
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,8721%90$1,097$4,448,826853D Entertainment
20Under the Sea 3D$8,686-5%102$869$30,231,587150Warner Bros. / IMAX
21The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,207-84%37-86$222$20,358,12010Summit
22Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$8,189-41%135$630$230,34210Submarine Deluxe
23My Reincarnation$6,15197%52$1,230$45,4489Long Shot Factory
24Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,088-72%18-21$338$2,889,38310Fox Searchlight
25The Women on the 6th Floor$5,883-69%6-6$981$443,00712Strand Releasing
26Take Shelter$5,192-81%24-34$216$1,652,61613Sony Pictures Classics
2750/50$3,694-90%31-80$119$35,003,81213Summit
28The Lion King 3D$2,585-89%10-22$259$94,219,87115Disney
29Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,483215%54$497$841,18025International Film Circuit
30Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,901--3--$634$1,9011Music Box Films
31Addiction Incorporated$1,564-4%10$1,564$6,4422Variance Films
32Sleeping Beauty (2011)$1,556-66%3-1$519$33,9474IFC Films
33Eames: The Architect and the Painter$1,478-74%5-1$296$130,5076First Run Features
34Blackthorn$1,463-68%5-4$293$185,09912Magnolia Pictures
35The Guard$1,380-78%6-6$230$5,330,29422Sony Pictures Classics
36Mozart's Sister$1,260-87%3-7$420$676,37319Music Box Films
37Outrage$1,105-64%1-6$1,105$29,1504Magnolia / Magnet
38The Mill and the Cross$1,027-2%30$342$262,18815Kino Lorber
39Into the Abyss$939-85%3-14$313$221,4887IFC Films
40Rid of Me$833-50%10$833$7,2886Submarine Entertainment
41I Melt With You$77716%1-1$777$5,9903Magnolia Pictures
42Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$562-89%2-5$281$83,4727Variance Films
43El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$472-71%1-1$472$195,30722Alive Mind Cinema
44Higher Ground$455-46%52$91$837,57118Sony Pictures Classics
45Jane's Journey$397-60%21$199$21,54915First Run Features
46Young Goethe In Love$344-95%2-6$172$98,5458Music Box Films
47Crazy Wisdom$323-95%1-3$323$43,7425Alive Mind Cinema
48The Whale$290-72%10$290$58,72816Paladin
49Tyrannosaur$288--1--$288$15,7356Strand Releasing
50Inni$165-71%10$165$116,5639Cinema Purgatorio
51OKA!$100--1--$100$13,09911Dada Films