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, Feb. 8 - Sun, Feb. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$34,551,025--3,141--$11,000$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$11,356,090-44%3,0090$3,774$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$9,303,145--2,605--$3,571$9,303,1451Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$6,425,271-17%2,8090$2,287$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,753,165-39%3,285-90$1,751$43,836,0183Paramount
6Mama$4,229,665-36%2,677-104$1,580$63,951,8104Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$4,006,860-23%2,562-309$1,564$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
8Argo$2,375,34417%1,405470$1,691$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$2,303,495-23%1,502-275$1,534$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$2,078,192-54%2,4040$864$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$1,873,537-22%1,517-239$1,235$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$1,867,411-43%2,004-234$932$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$1,555,550-36%1,447-401$1,075$143,983,7057Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,468,374-23%1,001-299$1,467$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$1,071,766-28%1,219-261$879$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$1,965,737--300--$6,552$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$1,745,744-7%92422$1,889$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,065,81779%75797$1,408$184,414,53215Disney
4The Impossible$957,594-27%739-26$1,296$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$940,930-21%24442$3,856$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
6Gangster Squad$874,071-53%942-683$928$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$780,058-49%913-588$854$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$646,910-56%67011$966$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$489,536-67%755-1031$648$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$434,210-18%370-55$1,174$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$387,7094%15145$2,568$924,7122ShortsHD
12Amour$376,233-16%12531$3,010$3,019,1118Sony Pictures Classics
13Movie 43$279,717-83%777-1246$360$8,661,1803Relativity Media
14Rise of The Guardians$254,284-5%275-32$925$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack Reacher$235,703-28%307-143$768$79,116,9448Paramount
16Monsters, Inc. 3D$217,662-14%236-33$922$33,095,6808Disney
17This is 40$194,605-48%278-95$700$67,255,6208Universal
18Hotel Transylvania$160,173-38%191-33$839$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
19Hyde Park on Hudson$136,945-25%130-14$1,053$5,832,37710Focus
20The Guilt Trip$108,025-37%225-66$480$36,695,5628Paramount
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$101,742153%18564$550$34,185,7916Lionsgate
22The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$99,805-27%160-29$624$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
23Here Comes the Boom$97,585-16%144-31$678$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
24The Last Stand$93,427-66%239-450$391$11,904,8354Lionsgate
25Flight$58,432-48%115-85$508$93,749,20315Paramount
26Red Dawn (2012)$54,198-37%105-48$516$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$124,4343%9735$1,283$12,062,57633Fox Searchlight
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$95,236--25--$3,809$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
3Race 2$81,944-71%63-76$1,301$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
4A Royal Affair$63,642-34%37-7$1,720$1,110,19814Magnolia Pictures
5Anna Karenina (2012)$61,504-15%911$676$12,679,18713Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$61,4178%520$1,181$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hubble 3D$47,283-1%17-1$2,781$36,272,150152Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$43,56776%300$1,452$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Space Station 3D$43,103100%30$14,368$87,134,591565IMAX
10Deep Sea 3D$42,350243%73$6,050$45,404,580363Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Gatekeepers$42,071-32%30$14,024$152,5382Sony Pictures Classics
12Killing Them Softly$38,2931281%8784$440$15,003,53711Weinstein Company
1356 Up$37,75043%163$2,359$280,8556First Run Features
14Lost in Thailand$32,206--35--$920$32,2061WAMCR
15Sound City$31,675-50%193$1,667$245,1102Variance Films
16Lore$31,498--6--$5,250$31,4981Music Box Films
17Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$31,171-9%47-3$663$12,495,8658Paramount
18Rust and Bone$29,363-59%51-29$576$1,899,33112Sony Pictures Classics
19Playing For Keeps (2012)$28,161-60%81-67$348$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
20Koch$26,023-26%42$6,506$77,7592Zeitgeist Films
21The Master$23,758-43%291$819$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
22Searching For Sugar Man$20,5553%202$1,028$3,245,67129Sony Pictures Classics
23John Dies at the End$20,364182%97$2,263$45,1823Magnolia / Magnet
24Hitchcock$19,96513%36-8$555$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
25Taken 2$15,057-56%35-48$430$139,840,85419Fox
26The Sessions$11,712-47%18-11$651$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
27West of Memphis$10,045-9%102$1,005$117,8047Sony Pictures Classics
28Yossi$8,89653%64$1,483$35,6093Strand Releasing
29A Late Quartet$8,813-43%120$734$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
30Frankenweenie$6,727-72%20-39$336$35,280,41819Disney
31The Sorcerer and the White Snake$5,530--5--$1,106$5,5301Magnolia / Magnet
32The Waiting Room$5,242355%42$1,311$194,64020International Film Circuit
33Pitch Perfect$3,895-72%15-26$260$64,998,36820Universal
34Night Across the Street$3,248--1--$3,248$3,2481Cinema Guild
35Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,138-6%10$3,138$25,1723Music Box Films
36Under the Sea 3D$3,118-51%80$390$32,539,408209Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Beware of Mr. Baker$2,935-58%3-4$978$106,91411SnagFilms
385 Broken Cameras$2,62843%74$375$89,50137Kino Lorber
39Let My People Go!$1,787--2--$894$11,0615Zeitgeist Films
40Masquerade (2012)$1,752--4--$438$909,69021CJ Entertainment
41Brief Reunion$1,674--1--$1,674$5,8914Striped Entertainment
42The House I Live In$1,626-60%32$542$210,75219Abramorama
43Any Day Now$1,576-4%50$315$179,9039Music Box Films
44The Other Son$1,546-32%3-1$515$1,249,71916Cohen Media Group
45LUV$1,504-72%3-5$501$156,2514Indomina Media
46Step Up to the Plate$1,238362%21$619$44,98522Cinema Guild
47Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$1,197--1--$1,197$1,1971First Run Features
48The Invisible War$996--1--$996$66,16734Cinedigm
49Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$994-89%10$994$11,5832First Run Features
50Neighboring Sounds$914-40%10$914$52,04225Cinema Guild
51Clandestine Childhood$880--2--$440$9,0175Film Movement
52Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$611--1--$611$26,76522Rialto Pictures
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$443--1--$443$9,24814APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Wagner & Me$242246%10$242$35,41610First Run Features