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, Mar. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$40,501,814--3,719--$10,891$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$26,705,868-39%4,06519$6,570$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$21,641,679--2,047--$10,572$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,147,416-53%3,1068$4,555$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,702,316-46%3,324-481$3,521$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$10,600,112--3,202--$3,310$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$4,925,675-45%2,439-68$2,020$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$3,235,263-47%2,1611$1,497$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$2,774,146-43%1,379275$2,012$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,343,025-69%1,575-1585$853$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,098,215-58%1,082-1084$1,015$129,916,1058Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$1,019,062-65%1,080-1480$944$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$900,927-43%752-292$1,198$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$444,457-76%746-1061$596$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$427,260-41%340-149$1,257$123,321,12519Fox
4Safe Haven$387,754-66%550-729$705$69,811,4367Relativity Media
5Quartet$382,271-34%302-123$1,266$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
621 And Over$302,777-71%344-790$880$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$235,117-51%977-517$241$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$201,99018%10511$1,924$1,870,0029Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$183,244-12%202-7$907$55,220,48810Paramount
10Stoker$174,821-51%194-81$901$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$171,870-39%233-63$738$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$158,960-51%209-239$761$66,551,0697Fox
13Emperor$148,476-48%138-99$1,076$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
14Argo$141,426-1%26075$544$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
15Side Effects (2013)$127,071-53%102-123$1,246$31,234,5758Open Road
16Warm Bodies$123,323-48%162-137$761$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
17Wreck-It Ralph$118,696-40%207-31$573$188,981,90622Disney
18Parental Guidance$88,669-35%140-45$633$76,898,48814Fox
19Lincoln$85,677-61%189-103$453$182,027,67721Disney / DreamWorks
20Mama$73,805-21%123-7$600$71,588,22011Universal
21The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$69,568-61%145-90$480$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
22Rise of The Guardians$65,443-36%134-28$488$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
23The Last Exorcism Part II$60,695-81%102-353$595$15,152,8795CBS Films
24Dark Skies$56,634-70%101-104$561$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
25Les Miserables (2012)$54,535-42%109-20$500$148,775,46014Universal
26Beautiful Creatures (2013)$40,727-59%115-73$354$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,457--4--$69,864$279,4571Focus
2No (2013)$226,94615%7010$3,242$1,305,6967Sony Pictures Classics
3Himmatwala$197,770--99--$1,998$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
4Ginger & Rosa$171,10673%7844$2,194$380,1643A24
5From Up on Poppy Hill$118,75499%2519$4,750$283,4493GKIDS
6On the Road$118,38916%7735$1,538$428,15515IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$96,78927%18-7$5,377$37,264,565159Warner Bros. / IMAX
8New World$88,920-32%21-3$4,234$300,6132Well Go USA
9Lore$77,69010%44-5$1,766$605,8838Music Box Films
10The Sapphires$71,62987%128$5,969$126,2182Weinstein Company
11Renoir$65,194--6--$10,866$65,1941IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12To the Arctic 3D$63,50037%520$1,221$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Starbuck$49,481219%1714$2,911$3,527,3392eOne Films US
14The Impossible$45,511-41%86-37$529$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
15Zero Dark Thirty$45,165-67%91-124$496$95,720,71615Sony / Columbia
16Born to Be Wild 3D$43,62431%300$1,454$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Space Station 3D$30,60221%2-3$15,301$87,542,807572IMAX
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$30,530-35%40-9$763$33,823,73515Disney
19Room 237$29,693--2--$14,847$29,6931IFC Midnight
20Amour$29,087-47%49-41$594$6,649,59115Sony Pictures Classics
21Dead Man Down$28,623-91%75-537$382$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
22Blancanieves$25,264--4--$6,316$25,2641Cohen Media Group
23Wrong$20,424--19--$1,075$20,4241Drafthouse Films
24Under the Sea 3D$19,52362%165$1,220$32,713,203216Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Gangster Squad$19,058-36%500$381$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
26Hava Nagila (The Movie)$18,856-18%16-5$1,179$222,5165International Film Circuit
27The Silence$18,535268%95$2,059$45,9914Music Box Films
28Gimme the Loot$16,949-20%43$4,237$45,4382IFC Films
2956 Up$15,60735%15-1$1,040$649,67713First Run Features
30Searching For Sugar Man$15,440-35%16-9$965$3,588,61836Sony Pictures Classics
31Parker$13,238-44%36-19$368$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
32Reality$11,673--4--$2,918$33,0993Oscilloscope
33Bless Me, Ultima$11,271-50%11-10$1,025$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
34A Royal Affair$10,785-15%7-5$1,541$1,494,59321Magnolia Pictures
35Mental$9,804--12--$817$9,8041Dada Films
36Koch$9,189-32%9-7$1,021$307,8469Zeitgeist Films
37Beyond the Hills$9,0826%103$908$81,8464IFC Films
38West of Memphis$8,665-58%20-20$433$291,28714Sony Pictures Classics
39Like Someone in Love$8,314-59%13-10$640$198,0817IFC Films
40Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$7,917-31%10-6$792$295,15210Music Box Films
41Upside Down$7,866-70%19-20$414$90,9163Millennium Entertainment
42Broken City$7,811122%165$488$19,692,60811Fox
43Deep Sea 3D$7,73511%2-1$3,868$45,483,402370Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Kai Po Che$6,566-61%5-13$1,313$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
45Love and Honor (2013)$6,200120%86$775$9,5942IFC Films
46Sound City$6,146241%64$1,024$384,1489Variance Films
47Violeta Went to Heaven$5,588--2--$2,794$5,5881Kino Lorber
48White Elephant$5,098--1--$5,098$5,0981Strand Releasing
49Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$4,397-18%10$4,397$10,5422The Film Desk
50Leonie$4,387-4%63$731$10,7543Monterey Media
51Camp (2013)$3,752-77%6-11$625$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
52Girl Rising$3,550-50%3-1$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
53The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,377-85%7-21$482$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
54Dorfman in Love$2,901-55%5-2$580$11,9552Brainstorm Media
55Welcome to the Punch$2,736--2--$1,368$3,4101IFC Films
56Hunky Dory$2,695-64%6-5$449$12,8362Variance Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,604-5%4-3$651$30,8714Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58Yossi$2,597-33%21$1,299$114,16610Strand Releasing
59Any Day Now$2,169-63%4-3$542$200,00216Music Box Films
60Leviathan (2013)$2,088-60%20$1,044$42,0685Cinema Guild
61A Place at the Table$2,036-47%8-9$255$198,6755Magnolia Pictures
62Orchestra of Exiles$1,995574%10$1,995$29,66823First Run Features
63A Fierce Green Fire$1,65395%41$413$16,9465First Run Features
64Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$1,502-26%4-2$376$57,8114Cinedigm
6511 Flowers$1,156--1--$1,156$7,3776First Run Features
66John Dies at the End$1,031-75%2-8$516$138,43810Magnolia / Magnet
67Rust and Bone$884-91%3-14$295$2,061,44919Sony Pictures Classics
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$821--2--$411$21,5489APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The ABC's of Death$708-72%1-6$708$21,6604Magnet / Drafthouse
70The Waiting Room$702-92%2-6$351$239,54427International Film Circuit
71M (2013 re-issue)$628-76%10$628$16,7733Kino Lorber
72Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$523-46%1-1$523$22,31211Kino Lorber
73Rangrezz$271-94%2-9$136$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures
74If I Were You$241-80%3-2$80$7,9903Kino Lorber
75The End of Love$171-55%10$171$8,3265Variance Films