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. 30 - Sun, Jan. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,421,8790%3,4557$8,516$132,406,0863Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,881,4203%3,7030$5,639$130,903,7463Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$16,369,79930%3,724-10$4,396$92,729,1343Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$14,824,57716%2,9140$5,087$55,584,8812Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$14,422,72992%2,547171$5,663$40,451,7722Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$13,238,24141%3,16346$4,185$40,725,5582Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$11,436,16018%3,0870$3,705$47,475,1472Paramount
8New Year's Eve$6,334,30091%2,225-360$2,847$45,999,3504Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$4,163,24139%2,3273$1,789$13,137,9632Summit
10The Muppets$2,662,19124%1,541-211$1,728$82,529,4526Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,060,94241%1,411-192$1,461$275,530,7387Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$1,673,796-4%1,348-438$1,242$26,317,8574Fox
13Arthur Christmas$683,168-67%1,343-461$509$45,820,2356Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$3,396,12964%758-55$4,480$39,420,7757Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$2,461,61015%951-285$2,588$49,454,2026Paramount
3Young Adult$2,092,63320%9870$2,120$12,061,7714Paramount
4The Artist$1,310,77048%1670$7,849$5,044,3446Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$925,34965%63028$1,469$8,935,7216Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$752,23383%3890$1,934$145,483,66110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Don 2$531,620-68%1676$3,183$3,174,4262Reliance Big Entertainment
8Happy Feet Two$397,00381%525-10$756$60,808,1687Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$253,00584%253-30$1,000$76,733,9159Universal
10J. Edgar$245,62473%4550$540$36,572,6058Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$240,39976%2270$1,059$84,493,24113Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$205,19379%2508$821$74,961,64215Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$188,9382%222-163$851$71,697,6488Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$152,53168%181-11$843$34,035,92014Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$152,126100%1880$809$71,963,79215Warner Bros.
16Immortals$125,3704%2280$550$82,656,9998Relativity Media
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$98,513-12%2450$402$34,895,0369Warner Bros. / New Line
18In Time$89,670100%123-8$729$37,046,29510Fox
19Footloose (2011)$88,848108%1820$488$51,581,66412Paramount
20The Ides of March$83,71190%143-2$585$40,825,61213Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$53,54478%1240$432$103,993,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,085,44451%572$19,043$3,955,7624Focus
2A Dangerous Method$299,74152%613$4,914$1,577,7576Sony Pictures Classics
3The Iron Lady$220,409--4--$55,102$220,4091Weinstein Company
4Shame$200,29162%555$3,642$1,965,8745Fox Searchlight
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$110,77553%60$18,463$313,0492Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$93,16160%125$7,763$348,6053Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,351178%490$1,823$15,147,62939Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$84,150149%150$5,610$30,470,81694Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Pina$71,6235%30$23,874$228,9922IFC Films
10Melancholia$63,08853%63-3$1,001$2,517,5068Magnolia Pictures
11A Separation$59,481--3--$19,827$59,4811Sony Pictures Classics
12The Way$56,830108%4720$1,209$4,170,05813Producers Distribution Agency
13Pariah (2011)$48,579--4--$12,145$84,9861Focus
14The Help$37,98090%650$584$169,499,54621Disney / DreamWorks
15Under the Sea 3D$27,998222%6-4$4,666$30,311,995151Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$26,505-55%16-4$1,657$708,2366Warner Bros.
17Drive (2011)$24,518106%25-1$981$34,833,04716FilmDistrict
18Margin Call$23,64513%29-1$815$5,246,36611Roadside Attractions
19The Skin I Live In$22,21049%28-6$793$3,042,10812Sony Pictures Classics
20Midnight in Paris$17,66554%23-5$768$56,377,73233Sony Pictures Classics
21The Women on the 6th Floor$12,001104%71$1,714$461,68913Strand Releasing
22Like Crazy$9,531-13%300$318$3,367,99810Paramount Vantage
23In the Land of Blood and Honey$9,479-50%2-1$4,740$49,1422FilmDistrict
24Take Shelter$9,02274%20-4$451$1,671,20214Sony Pictures Classics
25Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,59141%14-4$614$2,909,21611Fox Searchlight
26Mozart's Sister$7,299479%96$811$684,49620Music Box Films
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$5,126-37%7-6$732$242,06511Submarine Deluxe
28The Lion King 3D$4,48874%7-3$641$94,233,35116Disney
29My Reincarnation$3,035-51%3-2$1,012$54,77710Long Shot Factory
30Garbo: The Spy$2,711--2--$1,356$19,8497First Run Features
31The Guard$2,57186%4-2$643$5,336,14423Sony Pictures Classics
32Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,38661%50$477$136,6117First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$1,894451%53$379$101,2379Music Box Films
34The Man Nobody Knew$1,787--2--$894$168,93615First Run Features
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,716-31%3-2$572$845,18826International Film Circuit
36The Whale$1,615457%32$538$61,12017Paladin
37Higher Ground$1,560243%4-1$390$841,05619Sony Pictures Classics
38Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,489-22%30$496$5,9472Music Box Films
39Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,427154%20$714$85,5038Variance Films
40Rid of Me$1,21446%10$1,214$9,2297Submarine Entertainment
41Blackthorn$1,122-23%4-1$281$187,50113Magnolia Pictures
42Outrage$923-16%10$923$30,4405Magnolia / Magnet
43OKA!$684584%10$684$14,08312Dada Films
44Paul Goodman Changed My Life$566--1--$566$25,02011Zeitgeist Films
45Jane's Journey$54638%1-1$546$22,64716First Run Features
46Inni$495200%21$248$117,54810Cinema Purgatorio
47Amigo$415--2--$208$180,58220Variance Films
48Angels Crest$407--1--$407$4071Magnolia Pictures