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, Sep. 7 - Sun, Sep. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$9,317,472-47%2,83418$3,288$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$6,007,036-40%3,138250$1,914$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$4,951,899-45%3,260-74$1,519$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4The Words$4,750,894--2,801--$1,696$4,750,8941CBS Films
5ParaNorman$4,195,415-36%2,856-229$1,469$45,452,8764Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$3,969,330-45%2,766-365$1,435$103,628,8255Universal
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,650,158-42%2,71782$1,343$43,007,2084Disney
8The Campaign$3,377,189-41%2,542-399$1,329$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$3,309,422-41%2,017270$1,641$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Dark Knight Rises$3,218,189-47%1,987-200$1,620$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$2,800,217-40%2,437-4$1,149$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$2,311,414-42%2,182-73$1,059$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$1,831,588--1,511--$1,212$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$1,077,146-58%1,810-1060$595$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$786,181-59%1,209-496$650$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,673,731--267--$6,269$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$834,216-36%763-273$1,093$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$817,491-42%931-273$878$46,742,1006Fox
4Sparkle (2012)$780,085-56%873-384$894$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
5Brave$720,572-50%959-749$751$233,397,96412Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man$565,880-39%416-85$1,360$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$548,730-32%515-46$1,065$216,858,06011Universal
8Robot & Frank$505,598-27%20258$2,503$2,014,0274IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Total Recall (2012)$467,562-46%502-254$931$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$380,983-40%345-160$1,104$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$358,952-32%2692$1,334$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$352,037-51%441-145$798$2,610,5116Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$302,504-20%19419$1,559$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
14Branded$240,589--307--$784$240,5891Roadside Attractions
15Moonrise Kingdom$229,830-33%2003$1,149$44,640,04816Focus
16Step Up Revolution$190,638-34%198-38$963$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
17The Apparition$173,841-73%276-534$630$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
18The Watch$149,098-35%135-60$1,104$33,998,9007Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$143,610-22%167-12$860$65,483,07911Lionsgate
20Men in Black 3$128,715-32%173-13$744$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
21Magic Mike$92,919-41%202-66$460$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$82,338-17%1149$722$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
23The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$43,854-90%281-1879$156$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$280,359-13%7344$3,841$816,3073IFC Films
2For A Good Time, Call...$215,98550%5633$3,857$450,0042Focus
3Samsara$194,86240%2516$7,794$482,6103Oscilloscope
4Bachelorette$181,494--47--$3,862$181,4941RADiUS-TWC
5Searching For Sugar Man$114,455-19%331$3,468$892,5967Sony Pictures Classics
6To Rome with Love$107,252-27%973$1,106$16,316,77612Sony Pictures Classics
7The Queen of Versailles$104,761-36%73-14$1,435$2,011,3668Magnolia Pictures
8To the Arctic 3D$78,788-50%520$1,515$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Imposter$68,243-13%27-4$2,528$601,2129Indomina Releasing
10Keep the Lights On$55,574--5--$11,115$55,5741Music Box Films
11Ruby Sparks$54,889-39%76-2$722$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
122 Days In New York$50,558-44%34-8$1,487$519,6575Magnolia Pictures
13Cosmopolis$43,537-51%45-20$967$702,8424Entertainment One Films
14Farewell, My Queen$37,456-37%360$1,040$1,251,7369Cohen Media Group
15Safety Not Guaranteed$35,010-12%546$648$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
16Compliance$34,300-37%212$1,633$231,3634Magnolia Pictures
17Little White Lies$33,106-23%142$2,365$137,8193MPI Media
18Prometheus$28,434-38%48-7$592$126,429,11714Fox
19Red Hook Summer$27,837-47%29-12$960$300,4585Variance Films
20The Eye of the Storm$25,785--7--$3,684$25,7851Sycamore Entertainment
21Born to Be Wild 3D$24,731-49%330$749$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hello I Must Be Going$23,904--2--$11,952$23,9041Oscilloscope
23The Bullet Vanishes$22,461-48%13-1$1,728$91,1972China Lion Film
24Hubble 3D$21,963-49%173$1,292$34,385,498130Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Toys in the Attic$19,913--27--$738$19,9131Hannover House
26Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,632-60%39-10$478$37,498,90612Fox
27Joker$17,725-83%43-31$412$163,0702UTV Communications
28Detropia$17,414--1--$17,414$17,4141Loki Films
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$16,579-32%13-1$1,275$273,2778Kino Lorber
30Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$15,562-10%246$648$450,0907IFC Films
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$14,267-12%100$1,427$6,096,5821223D Entertainment
32Beloved (2012)$14,2290%60$2,372$100,4204IFC Films
33Mugamoodi$13,590-76%17-4$799$90,5762UTV Communications
34Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$13,464-86%3-12$4,488$170,2762Indomina Releasing
35Bernie$13,130-50%18-8$729$9,185,90820Millennium Entertainment
36Unforgivable$12,997401%65$2,166$135,94711Strand Releasing
37Wild Horse, Wild Ride$11,376--5--$2,275$16,2563Screen Media Films
38Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,756-36%22-9$443$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
39Chicken With Plums$9,611-14%52$1,922$115,6924Sony Pictures Classics
40Take This Waltz$7,40717%134$570$1,216,73411Magnolia Pictures
41Girl Model$6,864--1--$6,864$6,8641First Run Features
42Kumare$5,139206%52$1,028$114,09312Kino Lorber
43Hysteria$5,055249%73$722$1,779,16617Sony Pictures Classics
44For Ellen$4,616--1--$4,616$5,7981Tribeca Film
45Neil Young Journeys$4,188-31%10-1$419$193,64211Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,938-83%81$492$32,335,611187Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Painted Skin: The Resurrection$3,897109%32$1,299$44,8884Well Go USA
48The Ambassador$3,773-71%84$472$24,2952Drafthouse Films
49A Cat In Paris$3,543-37%52$709$318,54315GKIDS
50[REC] 3: Genesis$3,001--8--$375$3,0011Magnolia / Magnet
51Neighboring Sounds$2,738-71%1-1$2,738$37,4273Cinema Guild
52Oslo, August 31st$2,215-79%2-5$1,108$97,81116Strand Releasing
53The Awakening (2012)$2,072-77%4-9$518$175,0884Cohen Media Group
54360$2,008-55%52$402$92,7376Magnolia Pictures
55Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,434--1--$1,434$148,69118Rialto Pictures
56The Day$1,281-87%2-10$641$20,5022Anchor Bay Films
57Last Ride$1,245--2--$623$5,48011Music Box Films
58Little Birds$1,222-73%10$1,222$11,5012Millenium Entertainment
59How To Grow A Band$1,056--1--$1,056$16,37422International Film Circuit
60Elena$1,017-42%1-1$1,017$215,50717Zeitgeist Films
61The Invisible War$696466%21$348$58,49212Cinedigm
62Where Do We Go Now?$656-53%31$219$531,81318Sony Pictures Classics
63OC87$634--2--$317$41,58716Fisher Klingenstein Films
64Easy Money (2012)$603-75%20$302$188,8709Weinstein Company
65Klown$571-65%1-1$571$67,5877Drafthouse Films
66Alps$561--1--$561$8,5939Kino Lorber
67Planet of Snail$531--1--$531$9,1317Cinema Guild
68Ballplayer: Pelotero$459--2--$230$44,6899Strand Releasing
69Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$444-83%21$222$79,81413Music Box Films
70Hermano$403-69%4-4$101$29,3793Music Box Films
71The Turin Horse$358--1--$358$56,09731Cinema Guild
72Elles$206--1--$206$157,42720Kino Lorber
73Turn Me On, Dammit!$200-71%10$200$123,54324New Yorker Films
74Pink Ribbons, Inc.$129--1--$129$26,55815First Run Features