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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,525,615-58%4,2530$17,053$284,946,6992Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$50,085,184--3,535--$14,168$50,085,1841Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,001,029-33%3,30316$1,514$41,609,2293Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,611,534--2,041--$2,259$4,611,5341Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,588,209-24%2,930-415$1,566$84,670,0885Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$4,114,665-27%2,770-660$1,485$81,906,2804Universal
7The Croods$3,609,028-14%2,650-265$1,362$173,224,5058Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,490,362-36%2,298-335$1,084$18,278,0533Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$675,942-53%1,007-850$671$30,613,9725Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,538,59917%852276$2,980$8,558,5783Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,078,233-49%774-386$1,393$230,260,55310Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$741,518-38%836-796$887$96,619,1428FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$705,333-45%669-493$1,054$20,008,8697Focus
5Jurassic Park 3D$633,935-29%653-327$971$44,752,8456Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$607,403-52%750-1054$810$119,764,2947Paramount
7The Company You Keep$400,501-43%394-147$1,017$4,130,7516Sony Pictures Classics
8Evil Dead$291,266-53%443-516$657$53,756,7746Sony / TriStar
9Jack the Giant Slayer$247,325-16%281-54$880$64,482,91311Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$192,585-6%279-21$690$133,714,59014Universal
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$186,995-55%278-226$673$51,699,4947Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$156,4523%30111$520$26,366,0367Open Road
13The Sapphires$137,879-6%118-5$1,168$1,837,7698Weinstein Company
14Home Run$131,1872%131-33$1,001$2,722,6414IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15Silver Linings Playbook$123,892-38%323-145$384$131,927,47526Weinstein Company
16Snitch (2013)$117,126-14%188-27$623$42,687,50612Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$101,481-18%254-3$400$55,340,71813Weinstein Company
18The Call$92,9840%121-79$768$51,069,3879Sony / TriStar
19Admission$70,97882%15643$455$17,873,5168Focus
20Safe Haven$45,170-40%124-45$364$71,281,71013Relativity Media
21Aftershock (2013)$40,179--110--$365$40,1791RADiUS-TWC
22Side Effects (2013)$35,362-47%108-57$327$32,154,41014Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Go Goa Gone$170,044--92--$1,848$170,0441Eros International
2Renoir$150,2883%8612$1,748$1,291,5767IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$111,86327%1713$6,580$239,3922Millennium Entertainment
4Kon-Tiki$84,74914%228$3,852$225,4973Weinstein Company
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$73,819-14%4611$1,605$244,2773IFC Films
6Filly Brown$67,927-60%92-112$738$2,725,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Shootout at Wadala$61,604-71%890$692$338,4332Eros International
8In the House$61,01330%3412$1,795$222,5454Cohen Media Group
9Hubble 3D$54,234-6%16-2$3,390$38,084,656165Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$50,94761%5032$1,019$124,5343Sony Pictures Classics
11No One Lives$47,798--53--$902$47,8001Anchor Bay Films
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$44,42312%2319$1,931$106,7802eOne Films US
13To the Arctic 3D$43,9079%520$844$12,445,08056Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$40,516-52%4323$942$142,8852Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Life of Pi$38,928-33%70-29$556$124,817,43025Fox
16The Angels' Share$37,580-4%385$989$217,3945IFC Films
17Love Is All You Need$37,1781%106$3,718$88,1642Sony Pictures Classics
18Quartet$36,143-17%59-27$613$18,158,90318Weinstein Company
19No (2013)$33,6931%39-6$864$2,247,18813Sony Pictures Classics
20From Up on Poppy Hill$29,667-11%37-2$802$897,1119GKIDS
21Stories We Tell$27,053--2--$13,527$27,0531Roadside Attractions
22What Maisie Knew$24,56014%32$8,187$55,7122Millenium Entertainment
23To the Wonder$22,902-37%402$573$505,9485Magnolia Pictures
24Trance$21,836-50%40-46$546$2,268,6926Fox Searchlight
25Under the Sea 3D$21,81521%180$1,212$32,915,557222Warner Bros. / IMAX
26A Good Day to Die Hard$18,449-56%50-22$369$67,323,60813Fox
27Born to Be Wild 3D$16,883-12%300$563$22,616,318110Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Dark Skies$15,3978%290$531$17,387,71112Weinstein / Dimension
29Ginger & Rosa$15,03315%22-2$683$849,1869A24
30Something in the Air$14,1607%107$1,416$35,1622IFC Films
31King's Faith$14,00035%147$1,000$59,2943Waking Giants Entertainment
32The Gatekeepers$13,10320%191$690$2,376,99115Sony Pictures Classics
3321 And Over$12,153-51%37-45$328$25,675,76511Relativity Media
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$12,098-23%110$1,100$305,77011International Film Circuit
35One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$11,515--1--$11,515$13,5941Zeitgeist Films
36Spring Breakers$11,014-58%16-27$688$14,030,7389A24
37Venus and Serena$10,981--4--$2,745$10,9811Magnolia Pictures
38Space Station 3D$10,465-46%2-3$5,233$87,804,433578IMAX
39Parental Guidance$9,422-29%29-13$325$77,253,08320Fox
40No Place on Earth$7,755-52%10-9$776$139,8936Magnolia Pictures
41The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$7,700-49%6-4$1,283$549,63211Methinx Entertainment
42Sightseers$7,384--2--$3,692$7,3841IFC Films
43Starbuck$6,978-66%9-19$775$3,777,5708eOne Films US
44Blancanieves$6,643-62%11-4$604$236,3947Cohen Media Group
45Deep Sea 3D$6,54783%53$1,309$45,537,614376Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$6,401316%41$1,600$29,3984Kino Lorber
47Lore$6,369-19%6-2$1,062$884,20714Music Box Films
48The Lords of Salem$5,942-75%15-35$396$1,163,5084Anchor Bay Films
49Room 237$5,518-60%22-6$251$259,7657IFC Midnight
50Emperor$5,374-36%10-10$537$3,319,35610Roadside Attractions
51Not Today$5,27937%52$1,056$159,1305Freestyle Releasing
52Arthur Newman$5,204-60%10-25$520$202,1933Cinedigm
53Post Tenebras Lux$4,8013%10$4,801$16,6222Strand Releasing
54Searching For Sugar Man$4,63849%7-2$663$3,662,32242Sony Pictures Classics
55Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,232-48%3-1$1,411$58,2924Kino Lorber
56Storm Surfers 3D$4,06232%31$1,354$19,7953XLrator Media
57Kiss of the Damned$4,03148%75$576$8,6492Magnolia / Magnet
58Girl Rising$4,0003%6324$63$1,148,29710Gathr Films
59The Painting (2013)$3,627--1--$3,627$3,6271GKIDS
60Tai Chi Hero$3,035-39%2-3$1,518$27,4953Well Go USA
61A Place at the Table$2,69833%5-2$540$230,52211Magnolia Pictures
62Sound City$2,411--3--$804$411,32215Variance Films
63Free the Mind$2,365-81%21$1,183$18,4422International Film Circuit
64An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$2,027-55%20$1,014$21,7743Variance Films
65Leonie$1,815-30%3-1$605$52,1789Monterey Media
66Leviathan (2013)$1,750196%42$438$56,87911Cinema Guild
6756 Up$1,739-32%31$580$693,93019First Run Features
68Camp (2013)$1,568-77%3-9$523$314,95812Freestyle Releasing
69Django Unchained$1,534-65%5-7$307$162,804,64820Weinstein Company
70Amour$1,498-50%4-7$375$6,738,95421Sony Pictures Classics
71Gimme the Loot$1,245-25%6-4$208$97,7688IFC Films
72Dead Man's Burden$1,020-87%10$1,020$9,8142Cinedigm
73Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$968-62%21$484$35,80615First Run Features
74Koch$884-3%1-1$884$339,81215Zeitgeist Films
75M (2013 re-issue)$742--1--$742$27,8429Kino Lorber
76The Silence$663-66%21$332$83,00910Music Box Films
77The Waiting Room$375--1--$375$244,09233International Film Circuit
78Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$370-24%10$370$30,8026Cinema Guild
79Fists of Legend$88-96%1-2$88$134,0655CJ Entertainment
80Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$85--1--$85$22,56017Kino Lorber
81A Fierce Green Fire$63-96%10$63$29,57011First Run Features