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, Jun. 8 - Sun, Jun. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$60,316,738--4,258--$14,166$60,316,7381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$51,050,101--3,396--$15,032$51,050,1011Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$23,058,790-59%3,7774$6,105$98,537,4752Universal
4Men in Black 3$13,895,720-51%3,792-456$3,664$135,901,0943Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$11,249,738-45%3,129-541$3,595$572,300,4636Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,267,156-27%1,2984$2,517$31,040,7356Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,788,226-37%2,087-820$1,336$35,823,5984Lionsgate
8Battleship$2,276,410-55%1,954-1190$1,165$59,820,2154Universal
9The Dictator$2,242,563-52%1,651-998$1,358$55,281,1034Paramount
10Dark Shadows$1,410,207-62%1,550-1452$910$73,785,8405Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$832,424-73%1,180-1253$705$16,942,6853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,072,213-32%751-348$1,428$400,272,53512Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$928,321-51%642-115$1,446$3,522,5182ARC Entertainment
3Bernie$820,177-9%33230$2,470$4,840,4077Millennium Entertainment
4The Lucky One (2012)$355,91210%402-2$885$59,477,8128Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$342,921-7%303-54$1,132$63,477,02711Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$337,855-1%290-25$1,165$212,028,51015Universal
7Think Like a Man$333,881-50%287-222$1,163$90,313,4228Sony / Screen Gems
8The Three Stooges$255,804-5%245-40$1,044$43,122,9729Fox
921 Jump Street$252,130-33%258-72$977$137,634,84913Sony / Columbia
10Crooked Arrows$218,061-66%278-49$784$1,557,8984Branded/Peck Films
11Rowdy Rathore$143,033-63%100-20$1,430$654,3522UTV Communications
12The Pirates! Band of Misfits$138,811-78%317-268$438$28,971,7057Sony / Columbia
13The Five-Year Engagement$121,625-32%175-43$695$28,490,2257Universal
14Wrath of the Titans$104,684-33%150-55$698$83,411,36111Warner Bros.
15Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$93,963-26%126-29$746$103,547,48318Warner Bros. / New Line
16John Carter$89,840-34%102-51$881$72,884,43514Disney
17Chimpanzee$65,481-59%155-114$422$28,299,1208Disneynature
18The Cabin in the Woods$62,613-44%113-23$554$41,290,3059Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$54,280-48%111-64$489$17,051,4687Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,559,67078%9680$16,247$3,731,0013Focus
2The Intouchables$385,16820%7727$5,002$1,014,6103Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$171,083-19%511$3,355$3,180,1658Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hysteria$148,395-13%8419$1,767$688,4324Sony Pictures Classics
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$105,960--31--$3,418$105,9601IFC Films
6Safety Not Guaranteed$97,762--9--$10,862$97,7621FilmDistrict
7Headhunters$68,800-35%609$1,147$861,1747Magnolia Pictures
8Monsieur Lazhar$51,278-35%48-11$1,068$1,689,71833Music Box Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$49,200-17%330$1,491$19,354,15162Warner Bros. / IMAX
10First Position$48,279-45%52-6$928$784,8706IFC Films
11Darling Companion$44,949-26%51-12$881$693,7488Sony Pictures Classics
12Deadly Renovations$42,588--13--$3,276$42,5881Nocturnal Features
13Where Do We Go Now?$39,493-50%31-6$1,274$322,2675Sony Pictures Classics
14Bel Ami$38,018--16--$2,376$38,0181Magnolia Pictures
15Piranha 3DD$36,910-80%78-8$473$315,3742Weinstein Company
16Hubble 3D$36,07810%16-3$2,255$33,002,575117Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Lola Versus$31,815--4--$7,954$31,8151Fox Searchlight
18Girl in Progress$30,473-6%577$535$2,556,0845Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Jiro Dreams of Sushi$26,003-21%25-4$1,040$2,386,04314Magnolia Pictures
20Marley$25,884-18%27-8$959$1,299,9828Magnolia Pictures
21Hardflip$22,327-55%12-10$1,861$77,0292Rocky Mountain Pictures
22Footnote$22,24045%252$890$1,944,87514Sony Pictures Classics
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,107-7%100$1,911$5,625,4441093D Entertainment
24Double Trouble$17,978--12--$1,498$17,9781China Lion Film
25Bully (2012)$16,542-26%31-57$534$3,463,48911Weinstein Company
26Elena$14,37634%137$1,106$73,3554Zeitgeist Films
27The Raven$14,169-26%34-27$417$15,817,3077Relativity Media
28The Artist$14,115-53%36-51$392$44,650,53729Weinstein Company
29Dark Horse$13,551--1--$13,551$13,5511Vitagraph
30Damsels in Distress$13,515-19%18-2$751$869,09010Sony Pictures Classics
31Under the Sea 3D$13,337-40%161$834$31,622,768174Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Polisse$12,227-58%8-13$1,528$157,3944IFC Films
33We Have a Pope$11,282-32%14-2$806$480,92610IFC Films
34I Wish$9,987-11%102$999$65,0965Magnolia Pictures
35Sound of My Voice$8,564-70%24-24$357$386,4957Fox Searchlight
36OC87$7,823223%54$1,565$20,7003Fisher Klingenstein Films
375 Broken Cameras$7,73616%10$7,736$22,7872Kino Lorber
38Cartas a Elena$7,711--12--$643$7,7111Freestyle Releasing
39October Baby$6,91648%8-1$865$5,355,84733IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
40Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$6,898-48%20$3,449$99,6415Rialto Pictures
41The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$6,61016%7-3$944$1,079,43712Music Box Films
42Paul Williams Still Alive$6,116--1--$6,116$6,1161Abramorama
43Oslo, August 31st$5,583-58%50$1,117$42,7413Strand Releasing
44The Kid With A Bike$5,319-65%8-14$665$1,384,74913IFC Films
456 Month Rule$5,108160%32$1,703$7,6532Secret Identity Productions
46This Means War$5,065-58%9-16$563$54,758,46117Fox
47God Bless America$4,868-49%9-2$541$102,3385Magnolia / Magnet
48Nobody Else But You$4,4162381%21$2,208$11,6685First Run Features
49FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,115-25%60$686$84,0256International Film Circuit
50Battlefield America$4,000-96%11-177$364$169,0002Cinedigm Entertainment
51Elles$3,70017%62$617$134,7787Kino Lorber
52The Raid: Redemption$3,6078%81$451$4,096,39912Sony Pictures Classics
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,55915%51$712$23,1554Magnolia / Magnet
54A Separation$3,205-45%4-5$801$7,095,62424Sony Pictures Classics
55High School$2,986-96%4-196$747$136,0812Anchor Bay Films
56Inventing Our Life$2,877--2--$1,439$14,4137First Run Features
57The Perfect Family$2,80914%41$702$103,0756Variance Films
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,463-9%30$821$7,3532First Run Features
59Corpo Celeste$2,263--1--$2,263$2,2631Film Movement
60Friends With Kids$2,020-29%5-3$404$7,250,08714Roadside Attractions
61The Fairy$1,965-31%2-1$983$30,92416Kino Lorber
62Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$1,910-17%20$955$8,6213Music Box Films
63Cowgirls n' Angels$1,776-89%2-30$888$119,7823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,677--1--$1,677$2,8331The Film Desk
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$1,636227%86$205$100,6365Magnolia Pictures
66Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,546-73%1-2$1,546$84,12211New Yorker Films
67Surviving Progress$1,420-58%40$355$43,75510First Run Features
68Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,344--1--$1,344$21,4406New Yorker Films
69Found Memories$1,301-66%10$1,301$7,4892Film Movement
70The Women on the 6th Floor$1,201-62%2-1$601$717,73736Strand Releasing
71Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,18411%3-1$395$8,8624Music Box Films
72Crazy Wisdom$1,149--1--$1,149$68,34829Alive Mind Cinema
73Hit So Hard$1,132--2--$566$30,4029Variance Films
74The Hunter (2012)$1,055-60%4-3$264$176,43210Magnolia Pictures
75Patagonia Rising$981--1--$981$9811First Run Features
76Hide Away$981-94%2-3$491$20,2103Joule Films
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$922-33%1-1$922$140,04123Cinema Guild
78The Color Wheel$890--1--$890$10,5934Cinema Conservancy
79This Is Not A Film$888-54%1-3$888$67,61415Palisades Tartan
80The Turin Horse$812-12%21$406$48,75018Cinema Guild
81The Salt of Life$757167%10$757$307,64115Zeitgeist Films
82Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$656-87%30$219$6,9632First Run Features
83How To Grow A Band$59975%21$300$11,0919International Film Circuit
84Gerhard Richter Painting$446-61%1-2$446$188,61613Kino Lorber
85Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$231--1--$231$5,1234First Run Features
86Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$216-71%10$216$6,7115Long Shot Factory
87Payback (2012)$20624%10$206$12,9627Zeitgeist Films
88Keyhole$42-97%1-1$42$21,65110Monterey Media