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, Aug. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$17,732,480--2,816--$6,297$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$10,001,982--2,888--$3,463$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$9,030,381-33%3,334-21$2,709$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$7,232,610-23%3,131-523$2,310$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$6,572,820-24%3,085-370$2,131$38,052,0063Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$6,276,654-12%2,63537$2,382$36,154,0123Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$6,116,335-15%2,187-419$2,797$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$5,710,234-24%2,941-361$1,942$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$5,611,077-14%1,747656$3,212$18,778,1078Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Hope Springs (2012)$4,697,097-18%2,44139$1,924$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$3,971,312-34%2,2550$1,761$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$2,586,456-43%2,8700$901$10,055,8462Open Road
13Marvel's The Avengers$1,910,7011557%1,7051582$1,121$619,760,59418Disney
14Sparkle (2012)$1,779,776-55%1,257-987$1,416$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
15Brave$1,427,002176%1,7081256$835$231,801,17911Disney
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,418,738-37%1,204-761$1,178$45,186,3265Fox
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,299,628-26%1,036-514$1,254$155,635,4428Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$443,901--2,160--$206$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$924,77688%50183$1,846$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$868,526-51%756-820$1,149$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$810,645-14%561-222$1,445$215,975,55010Universal
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$718,090149%586471$1,225$1,873,9225Sony Pictures Classics
5Robot & Frank$692,318144%14498$4,808$1,140,5633IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Apparition$632,262-78%8100$781$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$630,2094%505131$1,248$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$528,16714%26755$1,978$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
9The Intouchables$379,8268%175-19$2,170$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$342,370-15%197-135$1,738$44,205,43815Focus
11Step Up Revolution$288,586-42%236-192$1,223$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
12The Watch$228,206-1%195-55$1,170$33,762,4066Fox
13Men in Black 3$188,572-21%186-46$1,014$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$183,785206%17973$1,027$65,254,18310Lionsgate
15Magic Mike$158,066-31%268-87$590$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
16Snow White and the Huntsman$104,390-33%143-51$730$155,081,78514Universal
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$99,3687%105-7$946$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
18The Hunger Games$58,343-49%145-44$402$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$322,677369%2928$11,127$411,8932IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$163,772-14%87-9$1,882$1,800,8207Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,08916%520$3,040$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To Rome with Love$146,330-25%94-127$1,557$16,124,01611Sony Pictures Classics
5For A Good Time, Call...$143,935--23--$6,258$143,9351Focus
6Searching For Sugar Man$140,67416%323$4,396$693,9756Sony Pictures Classics
7Samsara$139,40783%97$15,490$257,6562Oscilloscope
8Joker$105,865--74--$1,431$105,8651UTV Communications
9Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$95,452--15--$6,363$95,4521Indomina Releasing
102 Days In New York$90,968-5%421$2,166$417,8444Magnolia Pictures
11Ruby Sparks$89,597-45%78-57$1,149$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
12Cosmopolis$89,049-42%652$1,370$606,1373Entertainment One Films
13The Imposter$78,101-3%317$2,519$496,5728Indomina Releasing
14Farewell, My Queen$59,108-26%36-28$1,642$1,185,9058Cohen Media Group
15Mugamoodi$55,501--21--$2,643$56,6031UTV Communications
16Compliance$54,14121%198$2,850$165,5993Magnolia Pictures
17Red Hook Summer$52,859-34%4112$1,289$245,1064Variance Films
18Born to Be Wild 3D$48,8714%330$1,481$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Savages$46,335-45%82-35$565$47,294,8409Universal
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$46,052-13%49-26$940$37,465,45211Fox
21Prometheus$45,847-21%55-36$834$126,376,36013Fox
22The Bullet Vanishes$43,444--14--$3,103$43,4441China Lion Film
23Little White Lies$43,03568%129$3,586$80,3362MPI Media
24Hubble 3D$42,73524%142$3,053$34,333,818129Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Safety Not Guaranteed$39,693-17%48-6$827$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
26Bernie$26,302-42%26-26$1,012$9,158,55719Millennium Entertainment
27The Well-Digger's Daughter$24,44832%144$1,746$242,9637Kino Lorber
28Under the Sea 3D$23,569-8%71$3,367$32,321,128186Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$17,257-50%18-18$959$422,2726IFC Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,293-33%100$1,629$6,069,9941213D Entertainment
31Side By Side$16,087543%42$4,022$28,5923Tribeca Film
32Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$15,154-80%31-99$489$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
33Beloved (2012)$14,221-8%6-1$2,370$77,2993IFC Films
34The Ambassador$13,046--4--$3,262$14,8271Drafthouse Films
35Chicken With Plums$11,21672%31$3,739$100,0923Sony Pictures Classics
36Oslo, August 31st$10,6211096%76$1,517$88,34315Strand Releasing
37The Day$10,121--12--$843$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
38Neighboring Sounds$9,500-25%20$4,750$29,2952Cinema Guild
39The Awakening (2012)$8,822--13--$679$169,6793Cohen Media Group
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$7,818--4--$1,955$60,2017Tribeca Film
41Take This Waltz$6,341-27%9-8$705$1,206,55910Magnolia Pictures
42Neil Young Journeys$6,0315%11-2$548$186,13510Sony Pictures Classics
43A Cat In Paris$5,63610%3-3$1,879$310,05514GKIDS
44Teddy Bear$4,680-13%1-1$4,680$14,6182Film Movement
45Little Birds$4,574--1--$4,574$6,9141Millenium Entertainment
46360$4,458-40%3-9$1,486$85,2795Magnolia Pictures
47Monsieur Lazhar$3,20175%2-1$1,601$1,999,88245Music Box Films
48Union Square (2012)$3,191321%20$1,596$44,8308Dada Films
49The Good Doctor$3,180--2--$1,590$3,1801Magnolia Pictures
50Unforgivable$2,592-27%1-1$2,592$121,43810Strand Releasing
51Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$2,574210%1-2$2,574$78,84012Music Box Films
52Somewhere Between$2,512-68%10$2,512$14,0482Long Shot Factory
53Easy Money (2012)$2,375-72%2-3$1,188$187,0768Weinstein Company
54Painted Skin: The Resurrection$1,861-71%1-3$1,861$37,9383Well Go USA
55Elena$1,74035%21$870$210,91416Zeitgeist Films
56Kumare$1,678-64%3-3$559$107,54711Kino Lorber
57Klown$1,6307%2-1$815$65,5496Drafthouse Films
58The Magic of Belle Isle$1,516-36%2-5$758$100,6499Magnolia Pictures
59Hysteria$1,450-72%4-4$363$1,774,47716Sony Pictures Classics
60Where Do We Go Now?$1,410-43%2-4$705$530,61717Sony Pictures Classics
61Hermano$1,318-93%8-41$165$28,3232Music Box Films
62You've Been Trumped$1,18249%3-2$394$15,2805International Film Circuit
63Breathing$949--1--$949$9491Kino Lorber
64Turn Me On, Dammit!$684-27%10$684$122,96723New Yorker Films
65The Invisible War$123-94%1-3$123$57,74211Cinedigm