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, Mar. 9 - Sun, Mar. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$38,846,020-45%3,74617$10,370$121,724,8502Universal
2John Carter$30,180,188--3,749--$8,050$30,180,1881Disney
3Project X (2012)$11,142,103-47%3,0550$3,647$39,717,0982Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$6,991,877-48%2,951-102$2,369$56,092,4743Relativity Media
5Silent House (2012)$6,661,234--2,124--$3,136$6,661,2341Open Road
6A Thousand Words$6,176,280--1,890--$3,268$6,176,2801Paramount
7Safe House$4,801,510-35%2,144-409$2,240$115,605,3255Universal
8The Vow$3,842,485-36%2,478-348$1,551$117,456,2315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$3,756,060-32%1,949-393$1,927$46,895,4104Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,611,388-45%2,525-535$1,430$90,641,9995Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,904,004-59%1,516-616$1,916$30,446,4533Lionsgate
12The Artist$2,079,910-43%1,505-251$1,382$40,234,93316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,965,123-58%1,804-683$1,089$48,065,2704Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$1,653,645-57%1,220-782$1,355$15,517,7653Universal
15Gone$895,788-70%1,144-1042$783$10,727,0703Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$2,019,083--369--$5,472$2,019,0831Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$904,569-53%595-459$1,520$62,267,4416Fox
3A Separation$728,376-23%28138$2,592$4,780,20811Sony Pictures Classics
4The Descendants$676,862-48%517-177$1,309$81,454,62417Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$623,315-49%313-93$1,991$72,269,11916Paramount
6The Iron Lady$567,974-33%447-64$1,271$27,931,79111Weinstein Company
7The Woman in Black$491,037-57%433-379$1,134$53,031,2836CBS Films
8The Secret World of Arrietty$417,697-72%501-930$834$17,572,9654Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$341,581-69%258-473$1,324$42,845,7545Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$310,78897%229122$1,357$208,394,55413Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$287,184-17%287-27$1,001$131,187,52513Fox
12We Bought a Zoo$188,221-23%228-38$826$74,669,87712Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$173,213-40%211-45$821$102,363,77112Sony / Columbia
14Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$172,494-34%109-17$1,583$23,922,14414Focus
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$158,193-39%208-58$761$186,523,36613Warner Bros.
16Big Miracle$153,660-49%238-121$646$19,594,7656Universal
17The Adventures of Tintin$140,931-24%153-62$921$77,384,66712Paramount
18The Grey$123,740-52%151-157$819$50,960,0417Open Road
19Red Tails$115,201-40%178-71$647$49,343,1888Fox
20Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$114,978-49%202-101$569$31,711,09312Warner Bros.
21My Week with Marilyn$80,673-38%1200$672$14,486,30316Weinstein Company
22Contraband$78,540-35%119-29$660$66,489,4259Universal
23Joyful Noise$58,552-49%103-99$568$30,867,7069Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kahaani$270,081--46--$5,871$270,0811Viva Entertainment
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$225,894--18--$12,550$225,8941CBS Films
3We Need to Talk About Kevin$156,79918%6020$2,613$1,035,66514Oscilloscope
4Born to Be Wild 3D$121,87727%400$3,047$17,007,78049Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pina$120,652-24%50-14$2,413$3,030,12112IFC Films
6In Darkness$114,5887%5015$2,292$573,8765Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$74,900-37%586$1,291$663,3555Millennium Entertainment
8War Horse$68,360-41%86-45$795$79,349,57812Disney / DreamWorks
9Thin Ice$64,128-23%432$1,491$556,4784IDP/ATO Pictures
10Undefeated$57,578-30%130$4,429$254,3884Weinstein Company
11Lost Woods$55,902-4%11-2$5,082$135,3172Nocturnal Features
12A Dangerous Method$52,325-23%541$969$5,533,57816Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$50,57013%21-1$2,408$31,364,867104Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Coriolanus$49,82334%195$2,622$474,7908Weinstein Company
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,3010%120$4,025$4,960,609963D Entertainment
16Footnote$47,528--2--$23,764$47,5281Sony Pictures Classics
17Being Flynn$44,5711%128$3,714$102,9862Focus
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$42,035--2--$21,018$42,0351Magnolia Pictures
19The Muppets$41,574-48%84-54$495$88,542,49116Disney
20Haywire$41,369318%8250$505$18,898,1798Relativity Media
21Albert Nobbs$38,356-40%45-23$852$2,791,4087Roadside Attractions
22Under the Sea 3D$37,86223%11-4$3,442$30,773,972161Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Salt of Life$36,00188%108$3,600$63,0572Zeitgeist Films
24W.E.$35,569-18%245$1,482$384,9626Weinstein Company
25One For the Money$35,240-41%64-53$551$26,119,7687Lionsgate
26Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$30,808-65%339$934$143,0802Magnolia Pictures
27Shame$22,263-25%20-2$1,113$3,896,10115Fox Searchlight
28The Forgiveness of Blood$22,06124%126$1,838$81,3783IFC Films
29Pariah (2011)$22,004104%196$1,158$758,09911Focus
30Chico & Rita$21,741-17%13-1$1,672$198,9975GKIDS
312012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$21,638-72%18-41$1,202$1,673,1235Shorts International
32Boy$17,506-18%42$4,377$44,0492Paladin
33Carnage (2011)$16,858-12%190$887$2,516,27713Sony Pictures Classics
34Love$15,416-66%150$1,028$283,3864China Lion Film
35Let The Bullets Fly$11,7094%105$1,171$29,2032Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$10,741--2--$5,371$10,7411Janus Films
37The Women on the 6th Floor$9,121-14%60$1,520$646,67123Strand Releasing
38This Is Not A Film$7,638--2--$3,819$30,4512Palisades Tartan
39Paan Singh Tomar$7,588-63%5-5$1,518$33,9132UTV Communications
40The Sitter$6,956-49%12-9$580$30,538,66914Fox
41Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$6,179-81%10-16$618$171,7763UTV Communications
42Sound of Noise$5,877--3--$1,959$5,8771Magnolia Pictures
43Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,67176%42$1,418$881,84836International Film Circuit
44Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,038-66%7-17$720$47,270,1979Disney
45Le Havre$4,96419%4-2$1,241$595,01821Janus Films
46The Conquest$4,420--4--$1,105$194,88818Music Box Films
47Ranchero$4,38748%20$2,194$14,00935Indican Pictures
48Midnight in Paris$4,124-41%4-7$1,031$56,809,85343Sony Pictures Classics
49Attenberg$3,998--1--$3,998$3,9981Strand Releasing
50Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$3,750-34%2-2$1,875$14,2392Undefined
51The Flowers of War$3,670-74%4-2$918$279,6568Wrekin Hill Entertainment
52The Viral Factor$3,486--13--$268$217,7178China Lion Film
53Apart$3,161--2--$1,581$3,1611Truly Indie
54Addiction Incorporated$2,964170%53$593$32,91813Variance Films
55My Reincarnation$2,903--2--$1,452$89,28920Long Shot Factory
56Last Days Here$2,569-4%10$2,569$6,6952IFC Films
57Declaration of War$2,532--8--$317$46,2257IFC Films
58The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$2,4721653%10$2,472$34,9548First Run Features
59El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,256--1--$2,256$237,18133Alive Mind Cinema
60The Devil Inside$2,239-57%10-7$224$53,205,75910Paramount
61On the Ice$2,10558%21$1,053$44,2834PMK*BNC
62The Snowtown Murders$1,99657%21$998$3,8782IFC Films
63Falling Away$1,76437%20$882$4,5602Indican Pictures
64Young Goethe In Love$1,754--2--$877$150,82319Music Box Films
65Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,544-85%4-21$386$1,153,3605UTV Communications
66The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$1,407--1--$1,407$2,0401The Film Desk
67Circus Columbia$651--1--$651$3,1634Strand Releasing
68The Skin I Live In$560-60%52$112$3,182,56622Sony Pictures Classics
69The Decoy Bride$542--1--$542$5421IFC Films
70Putin's Kiss$528252%10$528$3,6364Kino Lorber
71Kung Fu Joe$50422%10$504$11,9085Indican Pictures
72Take Shelter$458-47%1-2$458$1,728,95324Sony Pictures Classics
73The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$403-81%10$403$33,29227The Film Desk
74Tyrannosaur$337-65%20$169$22,08817Strand Releasing
75Playback$252--1--$252$2521Magnolia / Magnet
76The Way$237-82%1-1$237$4,430,65023Producers Distribution Agency
77Amigo$234--1--$234$183,49030Variance Films
78Charlotte Rampling: The Look$199-85%10$199$19,81219Kino Lorber
79The Whale$161-80%10$161$76,17127Paladin
80Michael (2012)$114--1--$114$14,3064Strand Releasing