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, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$21,744,470--2,654--$8,193$21,744,4701Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$20,010,745-34%3,0100$6,648$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,545,386-45%3,755-345$4,673$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,015,560-41%2,90490$5,515$103,503,0402Universal
5Parental Guidance$9,704,619-33%3,3681$2,881$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,192,873-32%3,288-64$2,796$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$8,353,350-33%2,93117$2,850$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$5,413,827-26%1,901-65$2,848$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,434,948-32%2,312-119$1,918$31,111,8823Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$4,049,9112229%1,6761651$2,416$4,395,4392Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,987,905-38%2,103-515$1,896$27,981,5543Disney
12Skyfall$3,074,796-32%1,307-330$2,353$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,675,583-45%1,507-548$1,775$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,616,710-11%7450$4,855$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,813,392-26%965-213$2,915$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$2,755,3841409%572557$4,817$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,377,070-42%825-366$1,669$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$1,285,432-46%817-23$1,573$10,878,3623Paramount
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,181,724-36%709-204$1,667$178,501,64010Disney
7Hyde Park on Hudson$1,031,282140%222138$4,645$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$789,221-21%302-43$2,613$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$465,684-17%267-34$1,744$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$364,154-31%163-55$2,234$11,537,7638Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$281,636-15%243-9$1,159$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$270,088393%565546$478$416,8863Paramount Vantage
13Flight$254,309-42%250-150$1,017$92,488,36610Paramount
14Taken 2$207,796-15%213-19$976$139,284,76414Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$181,273-54%252-173$719$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$151,518-60%118-231$1,284$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$128,755-19%165-18$780$64,655,85815Universal
18Frankenweenie$114,779-13%144-34$797$34,933,73314Disney
19Cloud Atlas$102,553282%155110$662$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
20Dabangg 2$77,602-76%1660$467$2,474,6743Eros International
21End of Watch$67,107-27%140-22$479$40,891,82016Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$53,134-58%139-129$382$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,696,006752%6055$44,933$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2Rust and Bone$163,89938%3913$4,203$866,0167Sony Pictures Classics
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$80,738-13%98-27$824$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$75,098-41%520$1,444$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Amour$59,832-4%30$19,944$340,7983Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sessions$57,033-23%41-39$1,391$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
7Killing Them Softly$41,157-5%51-17$807$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
8A Late Quartet$39,561-28%23-14$1,720$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
9Hubble 3D$37,463-73%131$2,882$35,828,377147Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$35,120-15%53-9$663$161,204,08226Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$31,665-34%300$1,056$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Table No. 21$31,658--23--$1,376$31,6581Eros International
13Finding Nemo 3D$28,161-25%30-6$939$41,097,80417Disney
14Searching For Sugar Man$26,723-18%26-2$1,028$3,058,66724Sony Pictures Classics
15Space Station 3D$23,859--2--$11,930$86,932,006560IMAX
1656 Up$22,088--1--$22,088$22,0881First Run Features
17On the Road$21,223--6--$3,537$139,3633IFC Films
18Chasing Mavericks$20,04310%324$626$5,977,30211Fox
19The Other Son$17,337-19%13-4$1,334$1,199,50811Cohen Media Group
20The Central Park Five$16,435-29%14-2$1,174$273,7477IFC Films
21The Intouchables$15,779-7%110$1,434$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
22A Royal Affair$13,847-34%22-10$629$659,3489Magnolia Pictures
23Samsara$12,290--8--$1,536$2,639,61620Oscilloscope
24Any Day Now$12,09943%90$1,344$129,3914Music Box Films
25The Odd Life of Timothy Green$11,030-47%37-12$298$51,844,31121Disney
26The Master$10,396-23%12-1$866$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
27Brave$7,873-37%26-13$303$237,277,07129Disney
28West of Memphis$7,683-42%4-1$1,921$39,1592Sony Pictures Classics
29Talaash$6,534-57%8-8$817$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
30The Flat$6,51582%92$724$467,02212IFC Films
31Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,882--7--$840$963,13816IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Under the Sea 3D$5,415-21%41$1,354$32,501,771204Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Tchoupitoulas$4,420--5--$884$10,4315Oscilloscope
34My Worst Nightmare$3,53021%42$883$16,27512Strand Releasing
35Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,185352%20$1,593$33,90210Zeitgeist Films
36Only the Young$3,100--2--$1,550$7,1385Oscilloscope
37Django (2012 re-issue)$2,795-8%5-2$559$17,1373Rialto Pictures
38A Bottle in the Gaza Sea$2,531--1--$2,531$2,5311Film Movement
39Starlet$2,529102%43$632$82,4249Music Box Films
40A Werewolf Boy$2,475-70%2-1$1,238$338,8766CJ Entertainment
41Arbitrage$2,385-61%4-3$596$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
42Somewhere Between$1,780280%10$1,780$182,78420Long Shot Factory
43In Another Country$1,580--6--$263$11,2329Kino Lorber
44Brooklyn Castle$1,241-43%20$621$198,66412Producers Distribution Agency
45Deadfall (2012)$1,227-27%5-1$245$63,6385Magnolia Pictures
46The Well-Digger's Daughter$925-19%10$925$384,49325Kino Lorber
47Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$642--1--$642$86,81014Roadside Attractions
48A Dark Truth$630--1--$630$6301Magnolia Pictures
49Now, Forager$405-72%10$405$10,89614Argot Pictures
50The Waiting Room$2908%10$290$176,27715International Film Circuit
51Beware of Mr. Baker$284-53%10$284$53,3716SnagFilms
52Citadel$206--1--$206$13,2019Cinedigm
53Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$200--1--$200$1,2944Kino Lorber
54Smashed$186-79%3-2$62$375,98113Sony Pictures Classics