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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$207,438,708--4,349--$47,698$207,438,7081Disney
2Think Like a Man$8,106,166-54%2,010-5$4,033$73,135,6003Sony / Screen Gems
3The Hunger Games$5,587,661-48%2,794-778$2,000$380,614,6597Lionsgate
4The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,502,482-51%3,3580$1,639$18,665,9412Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$5,368,115-50%3,005-170$1,786$47,775,0603Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$5,029,110-53%2,9415$1,710$19,133,0152Universal
7Safe (2012)$2,677,125-66%2,2715$1,179$13,080,8832Lionsgate
8The Raven$2,636,780-64%2,2096$1,194$12,176,1252Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$2,484,456-52%1,531-36$1,623$23,101,8893Disneynature
10The Three Stooges$1,832,333-65%2,174-931$843$39,669,0154Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$1,564,805-66%1,669-970$938$38,018,7484Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$1,081,100-64%1,040-780$1,040$134,015,7838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carter$1,494,3671224%349169$4,282$70,760,8079Disney
2American Reunion$817,470-72%856-1298$955$55,301,0805Universal
3Mirror Mirror$746,247-67%922-1095$809$60,174,4986Relativity Media
4Wrath of the Titans$460,190-77%715-857$644$81,619,8326Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$427,220-50%521-362$820$209,034,86510Universal
6Titanic 3D$365,334-81%333-1076$1,097$57,290,5085Paramount
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$287,017-44%303-98$947$102,273,11213Warner Bros. / New Line
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$266,207-38%247-88$1,078$8,225,1999CBS Films
9Lockout$219,454-77%311-948$706$13,894,3744Open Road
10Bully (2012)$171,134-48%2630$651$2,538,0116Weinstein Company
11Damsels in Distress$150,67382%205148$735$621,3895Sony Pictures Classics
12Safe House$106,750-36%175-54$610$126,020,90013Universal
13This Means War$83,290-52%171-61$487$54,483,96712Fox
14A Thousand Words$77,159-33%140-29$551$18,185,7639Paramount
15Act of Valor$74,228-52%193-92$385$69,824,80411Relativity Media
16The Vow$73,846-38%157-61$470$124,933,57113Sony / Screen Gems
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$58,319299%143104$408$34,938,03311Lionsgate
18The Secret World of Arrietty$35,718-50%108-47$331$19,060,03412Disney
19Housefull 2$10,522-69%1210$87$1,586,7455Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$737,051--27--$27,298$737,0511Fox Searchlight
2Monsieur Lazhar$222,460-9%8113$2,746$914,20028Music Box Films
3To the Arctic 3D$188,077-19%500$3,762$1,025,0163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bernie$140,54464%85$17,568$261,8432Millennium Entertainment
5Marley$119,400-43%739$1,636$771,9253Magnolia Pictures
6Jiro Dreams of Sushi$95,125-37%73-7$1,303$1,990,3029Magnolia Pictures
7Darling Companion$91,26142%4629$1,984$235,3023Sony Pictures Classics
8Footnote$87,416-41%78-23$1,121$1,687,2809Sony Pictures Classics
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$86,496-5%95-32$910$51,774,00212Sony / Columbia
10Headhunters$80,18986%1713$4,717$141,4312Magnolia Pictures
11Vicky Donor$76,472-38%500$1,529$466,4673Eros International
12Born to Be Wild 3D$70,884-10%340$2,085$18,641,47057Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Kid With A Bike$62,622-44%70-15$895$1,215,6048IFC Films
14Sound of My Voice$54,29650%2823$1,939$103,5502Fox Searchlight
15Hubble 3D$48,5303%203$2,427$32,456,748112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16First Position$48,024--5--$9,605$48,0241IFC Films
17A Beautiful Soul$46,410--20--$2,321$46,4101Tyscot Manhaddon Films
18The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$45,043-40%43-13$1,048$954,7317Music Box Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$37,25256%120$3,104$5,448,1211043D Entertainment
20The Raid: Redemption$35,778-73%43-83$832$4,004,5497Sony Pictures Classics
21We Have a Pope$34,829-37%24-3$1,451$294,8375IFC Films
22Chronicle$32,199-57%78-43$413$64,472,96914Fox
23October Baby$30,673-67%77-68$398$5,262,68628IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
24Casa de mi Padre$30,23040%6832$445$5,849,2248Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Project X (2012)$30,051-62%72-83$417$54,697,62110Warner Bros.
26Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$27,617-66%30-37$921$1,137,1734Code Black Entertainment
27Under the Sea 3D$27,349-21%13-3$2,104$31,332,991169Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Elles$27,23712%137$2,095$64,6222Kino Lorber
29Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,035-53%47-32$575$4,190,7108Paramount Vantage
30Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,066-49%75-36$334$133,030,45321Fox
31Tezz$24,199-84%970$249$218,6222Eros Entertainment
32A Separation$22,200-38%31-17$716$7,027,06719Sony Pictures Classics
33Friends With Kids$16,103-49%34-19$474$7,185,3409Roadside Attractions
34The Artist$15,370-47%41-9$375$44,242,86524Weinstein Company
35The Perfect Family$14,301--6--$2,384$14,3011Variance Films
36We Bought a Zoo$13,834-47%38-14$364$75,608,72220Fox
37Coriolanus$13,004-18%184$722$727,67616Weinstein Company
38Grandmaster$10,479--9--$1,164$10,4791UTV Communications
39Blue Like Jazz$10,245-72%20-26$512$578,0954Roadside Attractions
40Gerhard Richter Painting$10,22998%95$1,137$145,1618Kino Lorber
41A Little Bit of Heaven$10,011--11--$910$10,0111Millennium Entertainment
42The Hunter (2012)$9,959-57%14-3$711$158,2195Magnolia Pictures
43Goon$8,927-43%16-7$558$4,151,1796Magnolia / Magnet
44Last Call at the Oasis$8,899--1--$8,899$8,8991IDP/ATO Pictures
45FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$7,882--1--$7,882$7,8821International Film Circuit
46Pina$7,525-34%8-3$941$3,520,45820IFC Films
47Touchback$7,422-72%12-16$619$197,2194Anchor Bay Films
48The Salt of Life$7,121-63%10-5$712$286,07710Zeitgeist Films
49Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,978-65%17-10$410$43,446,08713Fox
50The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$6,686195%21$3,343$23,3174Rialto
51Undefeated$6,625-42%13-7$510$531,09412Weinstein Company
52Boy$6,053-54%8-1$757$221,38610Paladin
53Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$5,624--1--$5,624$5,6241New Yorker Films
54A Simple Life$5,591-75%5-6$1,118$178,2464China Lion Film
55We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,542-59%14-15$396$1,724,04622Oscilloscope
56The Fairy$4,734119%64$789$19,85411Kino Lorber
57Red Tails$4,432-72%12-11$369$49,858,40616Fox
58Hit So Hard$4,21233%43$1,053$20,0324Variance Films
59Goodbye First Love$4,033-71%3-2$1,344$56,9083IFC Films
60In Darkness$3,710-73%13-19$285$1,034,58213Sony Pictures Classics
61Rampart$3,626-69%10-8$363$969,23913Millennium Entertainment
62The Highest Pass$3,057-70%20$1,529$16,3572Cinema Libre
63The Giant Mechanical Man$2,831--1--$2,831$5,3602Tribeca Film
64W.E.$2,664-57%6-4$444$582,07514Weinstein Company
65Albert Nobbs$2,608-63%5-11$522$3,013,81215Roadside Attractions
66Thin Ice$2,575-52%5-4$515$785,40012IDP/ATO Pictures
67The Island President$2,382-62%3-2$794$69,1946IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Free Men$2,268125%10$2,268$47,7018Film Movement
69Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,850--1--$1,850$905,02544International Film Circuit
70Payback (2012)$1,823-17%10$1,823$8,6272Zeitgeist Films
71This Binary Universe$1,794--2--$897$1,7941Indican Pictures
72The Women on the 6th Floor$1,687-27%3-2$562$706,25331Strand Releasing
73Inventing Our Life$1,653-73%21$827$9,4072First Run Features
74Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,500-83%1-4$1,500$57,0226New Yorker Films
75Surviving Progress$1,32355%1-1$1,323$24,6045First Run Features
76Keyhole$1,22283%21$611$14,3095Monterey Media
77Here$1,184-78%20$592$19,7634Strand Releasing
78Booker's Place$742--1--$742$5,0002Tribeca Film
79My Reincarnation$730433%10$730$92,67428Long Shot Factory
80The FP$693120%1-1$693$40,5578Drafthouse Films
81Death of a Superhero$345--1--$345$3451Tribeca Film
82Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$268-34%10$268$114,16018Cinema Guild
83Windfall$260--1--$260$6,09314First Run Features
84Reuniting The Rubins$244--1--$244$12,6318Monterey Media
85Natural Selection$211-92%1-1$211$36,6708Cinema Guild
86Meeting Evil$181--1--$181$1811Magnolia / Magnet
87Sing Your Song$147-35%10$147$45,76517S2BN Films
88The Beat Hotel$96--1--$96$3,9896First Run Features