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, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,926,068-13%4,1000$7,787$221,626,8823Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,122,888--3,010--$10,008$63,443,1531Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$27,281,735--2,814--$9,695$66,720,1601Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,554,053--3,367--$4,323$29,342,7451Fox
5Jack Reacher$13,604,191-11%3,3520$4,059$44,157,3492Paramount
6This is 40$12,501,0608%2,9141$4,290$36,431,3502Universal
7Lincoln$7,337,36233%1,966-327$3,732$131,867,1598Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,547,46224%2,4310$2,693$20,957,8182Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,447,43735%2,6180$2,463$18,573,9012Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,892,291-15%2,055-976$2,381$90,139,4216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,531,824-7%1,637-728$2,768$289,529,9108Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,780,269-6%1,178-572$3,209$84,650,4536Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,359,289-10%1,191-809$1,981$286,039,0657Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,079,314129%745374$5,476$27,330,0367Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,26511%8400$2,857$7,426,9262Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,855,2132%913-531$2,032$175,505,3329Disney
4Argo$1,003,84912%345-105$2,910$108,425,96012Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$563,41979%3010$1,872$145,210,31614Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$525,790-21%218-113$2,412$10,705,8667Focus
7Flight$438,479-35%400-342$1,096$91,873,2369Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,7526FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$378,745-35%349-186$1,085$4,985,6796Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$331,65952%252-39$1,316$43,532,08912Sony / Columbia
11Dabangg 2$323,897-68%1660$1,951$2,177,2842Eros International
12Taken 2$243,12719%232-43$1,048$138,897,49413Fox
13Pitch Perfect$158,29521%183-31$865$64,403,57814Universal
14Frankenweenie$132,33690%1780$743$34,704,95813Disney
15Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,047-71%268-583$467$12,687,6774FilmDistrict
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$92,98821%125-16$744$17,311,82915Lionsgate / Summit
17End of Watch$92,04327%162-10$568$40,754,64615Open Road
18Khiladi 786$1,165-23%1150$10$383,9774Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,69411%84-2$5,115$1,737,9964Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$316,415-24%50$63,283$1,368,9862Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$182,57627%150$12,172$482,9232Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$173,915--25--$6,957$173,9151Focus
5Hubble 3D$140,380171%120$11,698$35,755,605146Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$127,240172%520$2,447$10,496,12837Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rust and Bone$118,811-6%26-1$4,570$591,8346Sony Pictures Classics
8The Sessions$73,913-19%80-18$924$5,514,70111Fox Searchlight
9Amour$62,044-9%30$20,681$219,8192Sony Pictures Classics
10A Late Quartet$55,00814%37-2$1,487$1,267,1549Entertainment One / RKO
11Not Fade Away$54,795186%1916$2,884$95,8072Paramount Vantage
12Born to Be Wild 3D$48,046164%300$1,602$21,623,58591Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Killing Them Softly$43,188-62%68-81$635$14,830,6215Weinstein Company
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,48061%62-10$669$161,130,05625Fox
15Sinister$40,15643%82-11$490$48,056,94012Lionsgate / Summit
16Looper$40,12217%84-16$478$66,468,31514Sony / TriStar
17Finding Nemo 3D$37,678110%360$1,047$41,038,87416Disney
18Alex Cross$36,94535%77-17$480$25,863,91511Lionsgate / Summit
19Searching For Sugar Man$32,686108%283$1,167$3,010,16023Sony Pictures Classics
20Cloud Atlas$26,820-33%45-5$596$26,781,80610Warner Bros.
21The Central Park Five$23,04728%16-3$1,440$253,8566IFC Films
22The Other Son$21,470--17--$1,263$1,160,77310Cohen Media Group
23A Royal Affair$21,014-22%32-4$657$624,5128Magnolia Pictures
24The Odd Life of Timothy Green$20,855106%490$426$51,814,67420Disney
25Paranormal Activity 4$20,75271%500$415$53,884,82111Paramount
26Chasing Mavericks$18,248298%2810$652$5,940,99210Fox
27The Intouchables$16,99791%114$1,545$13,126,94132Weinstein Company
28Talaash$15,169-57%16-9$948$2,851,1445Reliance Entertainment
29The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$14,507-86%150$967$665,4266Warner Bros.
30The Collection$13,510-83%17-95$795$6,842,0585LD Entertainment
31The Master$13,44416%130$1,034$15,956,66216Weinstein Company
32West of Memphis$13,360--5--$2,672$22,3561Sony Pictures Classics
33Brave$12,59271%390$323$237,259,58028Disney
34ParaNorman$8,88066%22-2$404$55,994,55720Focus
35Any Day Now$8,454-64%9-10$939$109,8303Music Box Films
36A Werewolf Boy$8,245-72%3-6$2,748$328,2315CJ Entertainment
37Under the Sea 3D$6,82756%3-3$2,276$32,490,728203Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Arbitrage$6,16072%72$880$7,908,73316Roadside Attractions
39The Flat$3,58743%71$512$460,00011IFC Films
40Django (2012 re-issue)$3,047-50%7-1$435$13,3742Rialto Pictures
41My Worst Nightmare$2,922--2--$1,461$10,91511Strand Releasing
42Brooklyn Castle$2,179-36%20$1,090$194,42611Producers Distribution Agency
43Back to 1942$2,138-77%1-4$2,138$308,8715China Lion Film
44North Sea Texas$1,987303%10$1,987$23,9639Strand Releasing
45Deadfall (2012)$1,678-59%6-2$280$61,9684Magnolia Pictures
46Now, Forager$1,471169%10$1,471$9,22813Argot Pictures
475 Broken Cameras$1,260--3--$420$75,60731Kino Lorber
48Starlet$1,250392%10$1,250$78,8168Music Box Films
49The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,135-57%1-2$1,135$382,15824Kino Lorber
50Smashed$890-58%50$178$373,63412Sony Pictures Classics
51Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$70459%20$352$29,7649Zeitgeist Films
52Beware of Mr. Baker$608-26%10$608$52,4675SnagFilms
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$477--1--$477$6,5378APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Somewhere Between$468237%10$468$179,72619Long Shot Factory
55The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$385--1--$385$5,9944Indican Pictures
56The Waiting Room$268--1--$268$175,74114International Film Circuit
57All Together$184-68%10$184$38,87011Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film