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, Nov. 2 - Sun, Nov. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$49,038,712--3,752--$13,070$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$24,900,566--1,884--$13,217$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$10,209,103-16%2,774-81$3,680$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$7,910,980--1,868--$4,235$7,910,9801Universal
5Taken 2$5,919,493-23%2,639-356$2,243$125,586,9295Fox
6Cloud Atlas$5,379,314-44%2,0135$2,672$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$4,409,785-53%2,922-354$1,509$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$4,252,468-50%3,006-406$1,415$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$3,528,143-32%2,314-177$1,525$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,285,113-59%2,9330$1,120$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$3,064,080-22%1,502-497$2,040$55,633,7036Universal
12Sinister$2,734,446-45%1,882-465$1,453$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$2,294,636-44%3,0162$761$7,454,5792Paramount
14Alex Cross$1,958,360-62%1,648-893$1,188$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$1,228,736-46%2,03028$605$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,241,870-14%622-114$1,997$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$1,210,783-42%696-493$1,740$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$766,080-69%857-881$894$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$739,194-51%459-544$1,610$13,411,7504CBS Films
5Brave$328,03112%253-4$1,297$235,872,66920Disney
6The Dark Knight Rises$259,740-2%2910$893$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$229,308-6%246-34$932$55,231,34012Focus
8Trouble with the Curve$181,333-40%286-134$634$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
9The Master$180,599-30%138-63$1,309$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$158,310-52%158-132$1,002$38,853,1897Open Road
11Searching For Sugar Man$149,1148%105-9$1,420$2,410,56615Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$125,740-11%157-35$801$160,420,83017Fox
13Arbitrage$123,016-27%116-9$1,060$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
14The Bourne Legacy$105,570-20%153-38$690$113,165,63513Universal
15The Campaign$104,196-20%188-34$554$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
16The Expendables 2$102,612-9%173-5$593$84,855,31312Lionsgate
17The Possession$94,609182%15573$610$48,982,12710Lionsgate
18Resident Evil: Retribution$84,544-31%131-67$645$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
19House at the End of the Street$72,844-58%128-174$569$31,181,2777Relativity Media
20Student of the Year$49,885-62%1060$471$634,4783Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$468,312115%6949$6,787$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$153,30922%5212$2,948$330,4232Cohen Media Group
3Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$95,364--60--$1,589$95,3641UTV Communications
4To the Arctic 3D$77,935-4%520$1,499$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$75,279--9--$8,364$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6The Flat$72,22496%2314$3,140$160,1063IFC Films
7Samsara$68,267-28%62-5$1,101$2,303,52011Oscilloscope
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$63,173-2%95-21$665$48,737,04714Fox
9Masquerade (2012)$61,446--10--$6,145$748,1537CJ Entertainment
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$56,635-5%94-21$603$50,792,65112Disney
11Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$54,523-5%24-2$2,272$744,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Paperboy$48,416-46%42-34$1,153$628,1985Millennium Entertainment
13Hubble 3D$46,40657%183$2,578$34,924,339138Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Thieves$43,968-58%18-4$2,443$628,2614Well Go USA
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$34,810-62%70-77$497$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
16English Vinglish$34,575-51%880$393$1,829,4425Eros International
17Smashed$34,097-14%210$1,624$198,6904Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$31,750-12%300$1,058$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Intouchables$31,273-15%28-20$1,117$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
20Simon and the Oaks$28,867-1%13-1$2,221$119,0974The Film Arcade
21Brooklyn Castle$27,0682%135$2,082$87,1993Producers Distribution Agency
22The Loneliest Planet$25,96465%119$2,360$44,3922IFC Films
23Hating Breitbart$25,826135%84$3,228$81,4323Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The Big Picture (2012)$22,12624%82$2,766$96,7834MPI Media
25The Bay$19,747--23--$859$19,7471Roadside Attractions
26The Details$18,528--14--$1,323$18,5281RADiUS-TWC
27Holy Motors$15,234--53$3,047$83,6653Indomina Releasing
28Chakravyuh$14,783-85%790$187$145,4992Eros International
29The Imposter$14,584--10--$1,458$857,66117Indomina Releasing
30Sleepwalk With Me$14,297-45%18-14$794$2,244,43911IFC Films
31Tai Chi Zero$13,881-66%13-10$1,068$190,4073Variance / Well Go USA
32The House I Live In$13,546-39%11-1$1,231$132,3485Abramorama
33Won't Back Down$13,079-8%41-24$319$5,285,2076Fox
34Lawless$12,903-55%35-61$369$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
35Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11,595167%40$2,899$69,6245Roadside Attractions
36Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,5101%15-5$634$11,225,46519Fox Searchlight
37Liberal Arts$9,256-36%17-3$544$298,7018IFC Films
38Robot & Frank$9,06616%14-10$648$3,269,93912IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Somewhere Between$8,3790%60$1,397$120,07811Long Shot Factory
40This Must Be the Place$7,754--2--$3,877$7,7541Weinstein Company
41Orchestra of Exiles$6,9854%54$1,397$13,7042First Run Features
42District of Corruption$6,220-75%30$2,073$31,9542Rocky Mountain Pictures
43Under the Sea 3D$6,19761%94$689$32,420,027195Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Queen of Versailles$5,2524%6-2$875$2,390,05916Magnolia Pictures
45Keep the Lights On$5,236-30%50$1,047$226,9359Music Box Films
46The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,205-28%5-1$1,041$351,92316Kino Lorber
47Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,111-49%11-1$465$70,4355Oscilloscope
48The Other Dream Team$4,781-59%5-9$956$128,9776The Film Arcade
49North Sea Texas$4,487--3--$1,496$4,4871Strand Releasing
50Chicken With Plums$4,032-34%187$224$233,22512Sony Pictures Classics
51War of the Buttons (2012)$3,736-31%6-2$623$45,6024Weinstein Company
52V/H/S$3,699-60%8-11$462$97,3485Magnolia / Magnet
53My Worst Nightmare$3,695--2--$1,848$5,4783Strand Releasing
54Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,558-29%2-1$1,779$54,8385Rainbow Releasing
55Death by China$3,100147%21$1,550$35,70612Area23a
56Least Among Saints$1,87810%51$376$28,0264Brainstorm Media
57To Rome with Love$1,688-68%5-6$338$16,682,32920Sony Pictures Classics
5817 Girls$1,510--1--$1,510$14,0807Strand Releasing
59Nobody Walks$1,510-72%4-3$378$20,0673Magnolia Pictures
60Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921Zeitgeist Films
61All Together$1,478-80%3-4$493$31,0303Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
622 Days In New York$1,361-53%4-3$340$629,35913Magnolia Pictures
63The Revisionaries$1,205-75%41$301$17,0115Kino Lorber
64Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,157-70%5-10$231$3,089,50714Sony Pictures Classics
65Trade of Innocents$1,039-20%30$346$15,0595Monterey Media
66Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$821-80%2-8$411$35,9625Drafthouse Films
67How To Survive A Plague$677-77%2-7$339$121,2017IFC Films
68The Eye of the Storm$66480%10$664$83,2979Sycamore Entertainment
69Vamps$548--1--$548$5481Anchor Bay Films
70Photographic Memory$412--1--$412$6,3014First Run Features
71Meet The Fokkens$34992%10$349$28,63213Kino Lorber
72Alps$314--3--$105$14,82817Kino Lorber
73Jack and Diane$294--2--$147$2941Magnolia Pictures
74Post Mortem$243--1--$243$9,75030Kino Lorber
75We Won't Grow Old Together$231--1--$231$11,27122The Film Desk
76Radio Unnameable$159--1--$159$18,6167Kino Lorber
77Headshot$28--1--$28$1,3676Kino Lorber