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. 18 - Sun, May. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$55,644,102-46%4,249-100$13,096$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$25,534,825--3,690--$6,920$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$17,435,092--3,008--$5,796$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$12,583,338-58%3,7550$3,351$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$10,547,068--3,021--$3,491$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$2,950,331-35%2,064-467$1,429$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$2,650,549-54%1,722-330$1,539$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$1,778,453-57%2,005-834$887$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,578,632-50%1,840-1239$858$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$1,110,375-66%1,175-1394$945$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,230,58421%354176$9,126$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$667,528-62%895-664$746$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Wrath of the Titans$476,327122%36095$1,323$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$459,357-67%3220$1,427$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$458,5956%379-76$1,210$210,191,32512Universal
6The Three Stooges$436,495-60%594-822$735$41,830,6326Fox
7Mirror Mirror$403,814-33%407-200$992$61,551,2368Relativity Media
8The Cabin in the Woods$381,566-61%448-581$852$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9John Carter$368,994-52%114-116$3,237$72,157,37911Disney
1021 Jump Street$342,953-47%261-328$1,314$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11Safe (2012)$294,177-80%503-1187$585$16,589,9504Lionsgate
12American Reunion$263,905-39%290-231$910$56,494,9557Universal
13The Raven$236,650-83%432-1456$548$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$207,181-12%245-15$846$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
15Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$94,801-50%134-66$707$8,721,03711CBS Films
16Bully (2012)$90,153-33%204-59$442$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17Lockout$88,102-51%191-64$461$14,291,5706Open Road
18A Thousand Words$56,901-27%110-17$517$18,374,52711Paramount
19The Artist$26,842-86%103-648$261$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bernie$491,436124%9559$5,173$1,124,5724Millennium Entertainment
2Crooked Arrows$256,346--55--$4,661$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3To the Arctic 3D$217,3214%490$4,435$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
4First Position$93,1885%4117$2,273$294,0203IFC Films
5Monsieur Lazhar$91,710-28%67-10$1,369$1,287,35630Music Box Films
6Headhunters$90,0551%3915$2,309$392,1534Magnolia Pictures
7Marley$73,433-10%55-13$1,335$1,035,4055Magnolia Pictures
8Born to Be Wild 3D$60,419-1%340$1,777$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Darling Companion$58,831-10%60-4$981$419,6415Sony Pictures Classics
10This Means War$58,562-13%90-42$651$54,670,70414Fox
11Act of Valor$52,95526%96-22$552$69,978,44013Relativity Media
12Titanic 3D$50,583-68%70-87$723$57,736,2357Paramount
13Hubble 3D$50,0062%201$2,500$32,686,569114Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$36,565-49%41-13$892$2,194,12811Magnolia Pictures
15Hysteria$35,656--5--$7,131$35,6561Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$31,99228%184$1,777$31,454,302171Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Footnote$31,840-51%52-39$612$1,851,57311Sony Pictures Classics
18Sound of My Voice$30,911-46%37-9$835$249,7274Fox Searchlight
19The Secret World of Arrietty$29,7057%60-28$495$19,140,97414Disney
20Deadtime (2012)$27,552-9%16-2$1,722$77,4482Nocturnal Features
21Where Do We Go Now?$23,62154%129$1,968$47,7792Sony Pictures Classics
22FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$22,806586%1917$1,200$38,7713International Film Circuit
23We Have a Pope$22,332-33%20-6$1,117$383,1637IFC Films
24The Kid With A Bike$22,158-35%34-26$652$1,318,35110IFC Films
25The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$21,070-30%392$540$1,038,7469Music Box Films
26Damsels in Distress$20,740-65%38-74$546$800,1107Sony Pictures Classics
27Chronicle$20,054-19%39-12$514$64,543,21316Fox
28Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$18,784150%32$6,261$36,2572Rialto Pictures
29Mansome$18,395--20--$920$18,3951Paladin
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,922-35%120$1,410$5,524,7501063D Entertainment
31Polisse$16,568--3--$5,523$16,5681IFC Films
32God Bless America$13,464-51%151$898$55,6592Magnolia / Magnet
33Lovely Molly$12,554--5--$2,511$12,5541Image Entertainment
34Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$12,439-64%17-6$732$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
35October Baby$11,623-42%36-15$323$5,321,86330IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36The Perfect Family$11,092-64%12-13$924$78,0653Variance Films
37Friends With Kids$10,955-18%25-11$438$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$10,439-49%40-27$261$133,082,21223Fox
39The Raid: Redemption$10,336-39%15-4$689$4,063,8669Sony Pictures Classics
40Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$9,583-44%8-2$1,198$30,9492UTV Communications
41Elena$9,035--1--$9,035$13,2401Zeitgeist Films
42Elles$7,865-15%6-6$1,311$104,2104Kino Lorber
43A Separation$7,846-32%17-7$462$7,063,23621Sony Pictures Classics
44Virginia$6,915--5--$1,383$6,9151Entertainment One Films
45The Road (2012)$6,124-89%10-40$612$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
46American Animal$5,928--1--$5,928$5,9281Screen Media Films
47Coriolanus$5,116-10%8-3$640$749,64118Weinstein Company
48Beyond the Black Rainbow$4,957--2--$2,479$4,9571Magnolia / Magnet
49Boy$4,835-48%5-1$967$242,00812Paladin
50Otter 501$4,681-14%41$1,170$12,9112Paladin
51Undefeated$4,098-14%9-4$455$548,47014Weinstein Company
52The Color Wheel$3,884--2--$1,942$3,8841Cinema Conservancy
53Gerhard Richter Painting$3,284-41%30$1,095$176,07110Kino Lorber
54This Binary Universe$2,912-42%1-1$2,912$13,4523Indican Pictures
55Here$2,785--1--$2,785$23,2236Strand Releasing
56I Wish$2,763-75%3-2$921$19,7082Magnolia Pictures
57Bonsai$2,63915%21$1,320$6,7612Strand Releasing
58We Need to Talk About Kevin$2,576-51%6-4$429$1,738,69224Oscilloscope
59Surviving Progress$2,256-4%2-1$1,128$31,1587First Run Features
60Last Call at the Oasis$2,142-87%3-3$714$40,8463IDP/ATO Pictures
61Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$2,136--1--$2,136$16,1843New Yorker Films
62Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,121-18%11-2$193$94,6542Magnolia Pictures
63Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,951--1--$1,951$1,9511First Run Features
64Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,911-43%2-2$956$66,1338New Yorker Films
65Blue Like Jazz$1,828-62%7-4$261$592,5896Roadside Attractions
66The Samaritan$1,744--3--$581$1,7441IFC Films
67Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,678--2--$839$1,6781Music Box Films
68The Island President$1,664-19%4-1$416$75,2338IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
69Attenberg$1,646--1--$1,646$20,44111Strand Releasing
70Grandmaster$1,61915%20$810$17,0773UTV Communications
71The Hunter (2012)$1,537-20%3-2$512$168,2167Magnolia Pictures
72This Is Not A Film$1,388--1--$1,388$63,14412Palisades Tartan
73The Salt of Life$1,226-61%2-4$613$295,71812Zeitgeist Films
74Thin Ice$1,176-6%3-1$392$789,75214IDP/ATO Pictures
75Red Tails$1,047-84%3-6$349$49,868,80818Fox
76Keyhole$959600%43$240$16,2667Monterey Media
77Payback (2012)$917--3--$306$10,4634Zeitgeist Films
78The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$873--2--$437$24,9816Rialto
79Hit So Hard$859--3--$286$25,3766Variance Films
80Goon$807-92%4-7$202$4,164,5278Magnolia / Magnet
81Michael (2012)$737--2--$369$15,15114Strand Releasing
82Nobody Else But You$611-84%1-1$611$6,2732First Run Features
83The Fairy$498-41%20$249$23,78413Kino Lorber
84Jesus Henry Christ$485-59%1-1$485$16,6585Entertainment One Films
85Lost Bohemia$429138%10$429$14,05653Impact Partners
86Touchback$427-88%3-3$142$204,0686Anchor Bay Films
87Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$293-93%1-11$293$43,455,91615Fox
88How To Grow A Band$27524%21$138$9,7786International Film Circuit
89Sing Your Song$140--1--$140$46,42919S2BN Films