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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$17,604,141-48%2,0150$8,737$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,137,734--3,358--$3,317$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$10,814,271-26%3,572-180$3,028$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$10,808,023-52%3,17520$3,404$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$10,610,060--2,936--$3,614$10,610,0601Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,892,539--2,266--$3,483$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,289,642--2,203--$3,309$7,289,6421Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$5,227,862-51%1,5674$3,336$18,920,7942Disneynature
9The Three Stooges$5,167,421-47%3,105-377$1,664$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,619,480-42%2,639-172$1,750$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,000,054-37%1,820-607$1,648$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$2,907,900-47%2,154-879$1,350$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,232,938-49%2,017-921$1,107$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,981,008-49%1,572-930$1,260$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,913,733-62%1,409-1106$1,358$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$945,406-71%1,259-1076$751$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$848,070-55%883-700$960$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$512,212-16%401-43$1,277$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$427,518-38%335-111$1,276$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$327,390-36%2630$1,245$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5This Means War$174,554-17%232-61$752$54,351,03711Fox
6Safe House$166,030-28%229-72$725$125,855,85512Universal
7Act of Valor$155,17918%28556$544$69,681,47110Relativity Media
8Footnote$147,089-21%1018$1,456$1,548,2558Sony Pictures Classics
9The Raid: Redemption$134,805-72%126-422$1,070$3,894,0136Sony Pictures Classics
10The Vow$118,983-39%218-79$546$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
11A Thousand Words$115,94983%1691$686$18,071,0018Paramount
12John Carter$112,881-33%180-64$627$69,219,9498Disney
13October Baby$92,108-63%145-165$635$5,186,61327IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$91,287-27%127-48$719$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
15Project X (2012)$78,168-39%155-103$504$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
16Chronicle$75,715-26%121-16$626$64,416,42213Fox
17The Secret World of Arrietty$71,836-27%155-40$463$19,004,82511Disney
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,815-30%111-24$440$132,990,69120Fox
19Housefull 2$34,452-65%1210$285$1,566,9914Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsieur Lazhar$245,12661%6835$3,605$606,44027Music Box Films
2To the Arctic 3D$233,130-14%500$4,663$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Marley$208,494-20%6422$3,258$572,3502Magnolia Pictures
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$150,350-16%803$1,879$1,815,4238Magnolia Pictures
5Tezz$148,133--97--$1,527$148,1331Eros Entertainment
6Vicky Donor$122,742-27%500$2,455$357,7432Eros International
7The Kid With A Bike$111,297-26%85-1$1,309$1,111,4967IFC Films
8Bernie$85,805--3--$28,602$85,8051Millennium Entertainment
9Damsels in Distress$82,880-28%5711$1,454$438,0944Sony Pictures Classics
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$81,175-49%67-39$1,212$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
11Born to Be Wild 3D$78,727-11%342$2,316$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,572-10%561$1,350$873,6096Music Box Films
13Darling Companion$64,44161%1713$3,791$119,3422Sony Pictures Classics
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,338-56%79-43$726$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
15We Have a Pope$54,96624%278$2,036$239,7734IFC Films
16Hubble 3D$46,956-15%170$2,762$32,344,848111Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Headhunters$43,013--4--$10,753$43,0131Magnolia Pictures
18Blue Like Jazz$37,163-72%46-80$808$551,7423Roadside Attractions
19Sound of My Voice$36,134--5--$7,227$36,1341Fox Searchlight
20A Separation$35,741-28%48-11$745$6,987,65718Sony Pictures Classics
21Under the Sea 3D$34,5834%16-1$2,161$31,278,412168Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Friends With Kids$31,583-55%53-30$596$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
23The Artist$29,182-48%50-36$584$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
24The Woman in Black$28,552-40%63-27$453$54,322,27313CBS Films
25Touchback$26,392-55%28-41$943$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
26We Bought a Zoo$25,951-26%52-14$499$75,586,71019Fox
27Elles$24,286--6--$4,048$24,2861Kino Lorber
28Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,8794%12-1$1,990$5,388,9451033D Entertainment
29The Hunter (2012)$23,392-20%174$1,376$135,4364Magnolia Pictures
30A Simple Life$21,929-55%11-2$1,994$162,4723China Lion Film
31Casa de mi Padre$21,531-46%36-22$598$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
32Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$19,660-17%27-5$728$43,430,96412Fox
33The Salt of Life$19,380-5%15-1$1,292$272,5669Zeitgeist Films
34Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,560-16%27-4$687$47,611,33116Disney
35Coriolanus$15,82950%140$1,131$707,28415Weinstein Company
36Red Tails$15,640-18%23-16$680$49,848,19415Fox
37Goon$15,572119%237$677$4,139,3055Magnolia / Magnet
38Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,618-59%39-42$375$34,876,48610Lionsgate
39Goodbye First Love$14,004-34%51$2,801$46,0142IFC Films
40We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,568-48%29-12$468$1,708,38021Oscilloscope
41In Darkness$13,511-49%32-9$422$1,024,29512Sony Pictures Classics
42Boy$13,28838%9-5$1,476$208,8159Paladin
43Silent House (2012)$12,323-71%22-37$560$12,750,8968Open Road
44Rampart$11,754268%1811$653$961,05912Millennium Entertainment
45Pina$11,440-12%111$1,040$3,504,36819IFC Films
46Undefeated$11,33810%203$567$519,65411Weinstein Company
47The Highest Pass$10,125--2--$5,063$10,1251Cinema Libre
48Turn Me On, Dammit!$9,01546%54$1,803$50,5855New Yorker Films
49Restless City$8,106--3--$2,702$8,1061AFFRM
50The Descendants$7,923-67%21-16$377$82,624,96124Fox Searchlight
51Albert Nobbs$7,13026%161$446$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
52The Island President$6,275-4%53$1,255$64,0905IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53W.E.$6,245-41%10-5$625$576,02913Weinstein Company
54Inventing Our Life$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
55Here$5,499--2--$2,750$17,4493Strand Releasing
56Thin Ice$5,368-21%9-2$596$780,48511IDP/ATO Pictures
57Whores' Glory$5,358--3--$1,786$5,3581Kino Lorber
58Gerhard Richter Painting$5,169-12%41$1,292$134,6097Kino Lorber
59War Horse$4,125-62%11-34$375$79,883,35919Disney / DreamWorks
60Hit So Hard$3,174--1--$3,174$15,3583Variance Films
61Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$2,610-60%5-1$522$34,6654Wrekin Hill Entertainment
62Natural Selection$2,5652211%21$1,283$35,3507Cinema Guild
63The Women on the 6th Floor$2,308-56%5-2$462$703,46630Strand Releasing
64The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,266--1--$2,266$15,4643Rialto
65Payback (2012)$2,186--1--$2,186$5,8541Zeitgeist Films
66The Fairy$2,16513%21$1,083$13,71610Kino Lorber
67The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,919553%54$384$44,68315First Run Features
68Jesus Henry Christ$1,442-82%30$481$12,2112Entertainment One Films
69Love in the Buff$1,346-16%2-2$673$254,7125China Lion Film
70A Dangerous Method$1,085-42%41$271$5,702,08323Sony Pictures Classics
71Free Men$1,008--1--$1,008$45,4337Film Movement
72Surviving Progress$853-91%2-4$427$23,1144First Run Features
73Keyhole$669829%10$669$12,9194Monterey Media
74Citizen Gangster$625--1--$625$6251IFC Films
75The Moth Diaries$445-80%1-1$445$3,8382IFC Films
76Attenberg$407-63%1-1$407$18,4318Strand Releasing
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$405-63%10$405$113,89217Cinema Guild
78On the Ice$360-68%10$360$70,52611PMK*BNC
79The FP$315239%21$158$39,7717Drafthouse Films
80Sing Your Song$225-55%10$225$44,89816S2BN Films
81Carnage (2011)$220-77%2-3$110$2,546,74720Sony Pictures Classics
82My Reincarnation$137-74%10$137$91,94427Long Shot Factory