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. 15 - Sun, Feb. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$24,834,845--3,553--$6,990$33,073,9611Fox
2Identity Thief$23,674,295-31%3,16524$7,480$70,962,0802Universal
3Safe Haven$21,401,594--3,223--$6,640$30,230,5121Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$15,891,055--3,288--$4,833$15,891,0551Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$8,865,186-22%2,897-112$3,060$50,085,7173Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,582,595--2,950--$2,570$10,124,9121Warner Bros.
7Side Effects (2013)$6,272,152-33%2,6050$2,408$19,092,9882Open Road
8Silver Linings Playbook$6,241,902-3%2,202-607$2,835$98,616,37414Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$3,513,410-39%2,103-1182$1,671$49,742,2054Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$2,995,899-25%1,527-1035$1,962$87,924,5679Sony / Columbia
11Mama$2,686,245-36%1,648-1029$1,630$68,166,4205Universal
12Lincoln$1,635,183-13%1,007-510$1,624$176,223,11015Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,527,281-34%1,017-485$1,502$157,020,2648Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,182,269-8%903-502$2,417$126,845,32119Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,570,368-10%647-277$2,427$110,872,26913Fox
3Quartet$1,314,09740%33389$3,946$6,890,1146Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$990,361-33%605-396$1,637$299,874,70610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$861,895-45%676-771$1,275$145,527,8758Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$793,472-26%506-251$1,568$185,527,33116Disney
7Amour$702,74287%306181$2,297$3,925,8719Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$489,509-54%603-616$812$75,153,3698Fox
9The Impossible$480,402-50%422-317$1,138$17,507,0539Lionsgate / Summit
10Parker$443,645-76%705-1299$629$16,999,6694FilmDistrict
11Rise of The Guardians$421,91966%33863$1,248$101,381,49413Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$370,509-4%266115$1,393$1,466,4463ShortsHD
13A Haunted House$298,490-62%340-573$878$39,546,2616Open Road
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$285,713186%25494$1,125$291,779,21914Lionsgate / Summit
15Skyfall$267,784-38%262-108$1,022$303,898,78115Sony / Columbia
16Bullet to the Head$240,819-88%470-1934$512$9,234,4983Warner Bros.
17Gangster Squad$201,742-77%210-732$961$45,346,2936Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$151,96722%19295$791$12,272,20034Fox Searchlight
19Jack Reacher$128,247-46%175-132$733$79,334,2329Paramount
20Stand Up Guys$106,550-84%119-551$895$3,161,6073Lionsgate / Roadside
21This is 40$99,365-49%167-111$595$67,432,8059Universal
22Hotel Transylvania$89,171-44%144-47$619$148,280,63521Sony / Columbia
23Broken City$83,383-83%133-622$627$19,488,2955Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$141,381-93%40-260$3,535$2,958,3992Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$101,644-26%86-44$1,182$6,015,09211Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$80,14530%520$1,541$11,279,73944Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$77,02463%214$3,668$36,395,807153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$75,934-65%99-137$767$33,232,9429Disney
6No (2013)$71,742--4--$17,936$71,7421Sony Pictures Classics
7A Royal Affair$70,50911%34-3$2,074$1,244,87315Magnolia Pictures
856 Up$69,93385%2711$2,590$371,0627First Run Features
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$59,876-41%96-89$624$34,288,9117Lionsgate
10Here Comes the Boom$53,779-45%96-48$560$45,274,25119Sony / Columbia
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$53,657-44%22-3$2,439$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
12The Guilt Trip$51,728-52%88-137$588$36,794,8079Paramount
13Born to Be Wild 3D$45,7725%300$1,526$21,985,56898Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Gatekeepers$45,1857%41$11,296$216,6313Sony Pictures Classics
15Anna Karenina (2012)$40,815-34%51-40$800$12,762,90414Focus
16Lore$38,27021%82$4,784$86,1022Music Box Films
17Koch$37,47844%117$3,407$126,1563Zeitgeist Films
18Red Dawn (2012)$28,018-48%56-49$500$44,794,93613FilmDistrict
19The Master$27,27015%22-7$1,240$16,285,99423Weinstein Company
20Rust and Bone$26,140-11%33-18$792$1,943,49313Sony Pictures Classics
21Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$26,028729%76$3,718$53,2544Music Box Films
22The Last Stand$25,837-72%54-185$478$11,959,6475Lionsgate
23Sound City$23,486-26%17-2$1,382$286,5833Variance Films
24Searching For Sugar Man$23,34714%19-1$1,229$3,278,31330Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Someone in Love$21,813--3--$7,271$21,8131IFC Films
26A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$21,786--18--$1,210$35,5862A24
27Movie 43$18,365-93%35-742$525$8,778,6794Relativity Media
28Race 2$17,555-79%11-52$1,596$1,566,7394UTV Motion Pictures
29Yossi$15,33472%71$2,191$56,2434Strand Releasing
30A Late Quartet$12,94747%131$996$1,531,48316Entertainment One / RKO
31Under the Sea 3D$12,514301%102$1,251$32,555,517210Warner Bros. / IMAX
32The Sessions$12,0673%16-2$754$5,954,28018Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$11,500-73%2-1$5,750$87,158,044566IMAX
34John Dies at the End$10,777-47%101$1,078$62,6424Magnolia / Magnet
35Hitchcock$9,598-52%14-22$686$5,944,06313Fox Searchlight
36Lost in Thailand$8,289-74%350$237$55,5642WAMCR
37Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,010-72%23-58$348$13,099,78611FilmDistrict
38The Power of Few$7,614--2--$3,807$7,6141Steelyard Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$6,736-84%70$962$45,418,695364Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Killing Them Softly$6,240-84%30-57$208$15,022,14612Weinstein Company
41Taken 2$6,018-60%16-19$376$139,852,11520Fox
42West of Memphis$5,764-43%8-2$721$128,8438Sony Pictures Classics
43The Waiting Room$3,449-34%40$862$198,99221International Film Circuit
44Brooklyn Castle$2,812--3--$937$216,09818Producers Distribution Agency
45The Sorcerer and the White Snake$2,744-50%4-1$686$14,1612Magnolia / Magnet
46Night Across the Street$2,205-32%10$2,205$7,6132Cinema Guild
475 Broken Cameras$2,091-20%6-1$349$93,57838Kino Lorber
48North Sea Texas$1,563--2--$782$27,41316Strand Releasing
49Masquerade (2012)$1,194-32%2-2$597$911,81722CJ Entertainment
50Any Day Now$1,138-28%3-2$379$183,07510Music Box Films
51Frankenweenie$1,125-83%3-17$375$35,283,19220Disney
52The Package (2013)$1,095--1--$1,095$1,0951Anchor Bay Films
53Starlet$916--2--$458$87,91015Music Box Films
54Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$888--1--$888$17,7603APD/Cinema Conservancy
55We Won't Grow Old Together$694--1--$694$13,60237The Film Desk
56Wagner & Me$673178%10$673$36,08911First Run Features
57Beware of Mr. Baker$661-77%2-1$331$109,40612SnagFilms