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. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$88,364,714--3,505--$25,211$90,564,7141Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$33,012,796-33%3,7520$8,799$93,647,4052Disney
3Flight$14,785,097-41%2,047163$7,223$47,455,3962Paramount
4Argo$6,617,229-35%2,763-11$2,395$85,583,1875Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$4,012,829-32%2,487-152$1,614$131,300,0006Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,658,250-51%2,02310$1,314$22,844,9563Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$2,592,705-67%1,8724$1,385$12,821,0302Universal
8Pitch Perfect$2,573,350-16%1,391-111$1,850$59,099,9937Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$2,522,790-28%2,044-270$1,234$39,033,8855Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$2,400,226-46%2,566-356$935$140,954,2087Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 4$1,980,033-53%2,348-658$843$52,600,6124Paramount
12Sinister$1,524,448-44%1,554-328$981$46,578,6865Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,300,137-60%1,902-1031$684$16,383,4063Open Road
14Alex Cross$911,973-53%1,090-558$837$24,603,0424Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$757,223-67%1,301-1715$582$8,800,3363Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,132,924-9%607-15$1,866$14,614,7708Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$582,150-52%491-205$1,186$64,669,3837Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$545,55016%12859$4,262$1,655,2224Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$448,648-63%459-1571$977$5,253,9103Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$404,812-45%356-103$1,137$14,098,4695CBS Films
6Brave$303,009-8%239-14$1,268$236,276,53621Disney
7Frankenweenie$266,872-65%381-476$700$33,821,4726Disney
8Trouble with the Curve$252,80239%421135$600$35,289,0528Warner Bros.
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$198,974251%225131$884$51,010,92613Disney
10ParaNorman$163,086-29%198-48$824$55,458,40313Focus
11The Dark Knight Rises$150,072-42%243-48$618$447,764,58317Warner Bros.
12End of Watch$110,418-30%125-33$883$39,028,2828Open Road
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$109,800-13%147-10$747$160,563,12518Fox
14The Expendables 2$63,350-38%134-39$473$84,956,22413Lionsgate
15The Possession$62,743-34%121-34$519$49,075,98211Lionsgate
16The Campaign$60,549-42%138-50$439$86,845,71314Warner Bros.
17Student of the Year$20,988-58%1060$198$670,0864Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$944,308--11--$85,846$944,3081Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$178,594137%6253$2,881$288,9162Entertainment One / RKO
3The Other Son$135,885-11%531$2,564$521,9873Cohen Media Group
4The Master$103,425-43%88-50$1,175$15,688,4839Weinstein Company
5Searching For Sugar Man$103,223-31%94-11$1,098$2,560,19816Sony Pictures Classics
6To the Arctic 3D$97,05825%520$1,867$9,681,69730Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$84,335-31%87-29$969$7,669,2309Roadside Attractions
8The Flat$56,494-22%252$2,260$245,3834IFC Films
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$53,955-15%82-13$658$48,806,46815Fox
10Resident Evil: Retribution$53,361-37%91-40$586$42,345,5319Sony / Screen Gems
11Hubble 3D$53,14415%180$2,952$35,018,766139Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Samsara$48,667-29%48-14$1,014$2,392,82712Oscilloscope
13Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$42,063-23%240$1,753$811,4508IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14House at the End of the Street$40,711-44%78-50$522$31,240,9958Relativity Media
15Smashed$38,94414%4221$927$247,8745Sony Pictures Classics
16A Royal Affair$38,212--7--$5,459$38,2121Magnolia Pictures
17The Details$37,062100%7359$508$63,5952RADiUS-TWC
18Born to Be Wild 3D$32,4512%300$1,082$21,256,79084Warner Bros. / IMAX
19This Must Be the Place$31,258303%119$2,842$44,6152Weinstein Company
20The Intouchables$25,002-20%346$735$12,975,24725Weinstein Company
21Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$24,795-74%38-22$653$140,3922UTV Communications
22The Paperboy$23,610-51%34-8$694$675,8136Millennium Entertainment
23The Loneliest Planet$20,495-21%132$1,577$76,8903IFC Films
24Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$18,027--6--$3,005$18,0271Well Go USA
25Brooklyn Castle$17,445-36%11-2$1,586$114,8084Producers Distribution Agency
26English Vinglish$16,414-53%880$187$1,853,0486Eros International
27Starlet$15,662--6--$2,610$15,6621Music Box Films
28The House I Live In$15,61815%110$1,420$153,7656Abramorama
29Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$14,193-59%43-27$330$3,315,1865Atlas Distribution
30Simon and the Oaks$13,468-53%174$792$141,4535The Film Arcade
31The Big Picture (2012)$11,869-46%80$1,484$114,1125MPI Media
32Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,2057%150$680$11,240,98520Fox Searchlight
33The Waiting Room$10,089--4--$2,522$140,0987International Film Circuit
34The Thieves$9,283-79%11-7$844$656,0675Well Go USA
35Robot & Frank$8,206-9%12-2$684$3,286,05213IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Lawless$7,466-42%20-15$373$37,379,14411Weinstein Company
37Tai Chi Zero$7,454-46%7-6$1,065$203,6344Variance / Well Go USA
38Won't Back Down$7,366-44%38-3$194$5,298,9597Fox
39Sleepwalk With Me$7,353-49%13-5$566$2,257,41112IFC Films
40Liberal Arts$7,165-23%11-6$651$309,4679IFC Films
41Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$6,028304%10$6,028$11,9072Zeitgeist Films
42Under the Sea 3D$5,759-7%7-2$823$32,430,026196Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Citadel$5,715--1--$5,715$5,7151Cinedigm
44Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,5849%5-6$1,117$79,4406Oscilloscope
45The Queen of Versailles$5,5355%82$692$2,397,30017Magnolia Pictures
46Keep the Lights On$4,075-22%72$582$232,80310Music Box Films
47Chicken With Plums$3,972-1%14-4$284$239,99213Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$3,773-28%50$755$357,30817Kino Lorber
49Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$3,466--1--$3,466$3,4661APD/Cinema Conservancy
50The Other Dream Team$3,241-32%50$648$133,7787The Film Arcade
51In Another Country$3,207--1--$3,207$3,2071Kino Lorber
52Chakravyuh$3,104-79%790$39$151,7783Eros International
53Nobody Walks$2,94695%51$589$23,7734Magnolia Pictures
54Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,638-77%2-2$1,319$74,1116Roadside Attractions
55Vamps$2,193300%10$2,193$2,9642Anchor Bay Films
56North Sea Texas$2,172-52%2-1$1,086$9,8022Strand Releasing
57Burn$1,970--1--$1,970$6,8661Area23a
5828 Hotel Rooms$1,869--1--$1,869$1,8691Oscilloscope
59Somewhere Between$1,844-78%2-4$922$128,48712Long Shot Factory
602 Days In New York$1,50511%40$376$632,82414Magnolia Pictures
61V/H/S$1,313-65%2-6$657$99,7706Magnolia / Magnet
62Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,2367%50$247$3,091,72415Sony Pictures Classics
63All Together$1,146-22%2-1$573$33,4094Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64The Bay$1,103-94%1-22$1,103$30,4742Roadside Attractions
65Orchestra of Exiles$1,098-84%2-3$549$17,5213First Run Features
66To Rome with Love$1,058-37%61$176$16,684,35221Sony Pictures Classics
67Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,054--1--$1,054$166,56527Rialto Pictures
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,009--1--$1,009$152,40845Cinema Guild
69Death by China$874-72%1-1$874$37,41213Area23a
70How To Survive A Plague$7419%42$185$122,6658IFC Films
71You've Been Trumped$729--2--$365$27,12015International Film Circuit
72Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$714-13%1-1$714$38,4856Drafthouse Films
73Planet of Snail$401--1--$401$12,70616Cinema Guild
74Nature Calls$382--2--$191$3821Magnolia / Magnet
75Whores' Glory$240--1--$240$31,31329Kino Lorber
76The Revisionaries$182-85%1-3$182$17,6496Kino Lorber
7717 Girls$168-89%10$168$15,0028Strand Releasing
785 Broken Cameras$141--1--$141$73,96124Kino Lorber
79Jack and Diane$113-62%1-1$113$1,0412Magnolia Pictures