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. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$70,165,559--3,868--$18,140$83,701,9811Paramount
2Iron Man 3$35,770,094-51%4,237-16$8,442$337,661,9773Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,939,228-52%3,55015$6,743$90,682,8322Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,237,689-35%2,429-874$1,333$46,712,1834Paramount
5The Croods$3,024,602-16%2,373-277$1,275$177,024,7859Fox / DreamWorks Animation
642 (2013)$2,812,115-39%2,380-550$1,182$88,816,6276Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$2,337,050-43%2,077-693$1,125$85,588,0105Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,159,980-53%2,0410$1,058$7,867,7572Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,210,204-51%1,443-855$839$20,308,1884Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,232,961-12%960108$2,326$11,660,3864Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$871,165-19%535-239$1,628$231,351,16111Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$580,176-4%409-341$1,419$120,522,0438Paramount
4The Iceman$464,147315%165148$2,813$762,8853Millennium Entertainment
5Olympus Has Fallen$429,867-42%466-370$922$97,332,5489FilmDistrict
6Scary Movie 5$420,253-38%508-499$827$31,206,3766Weinstein / Dimension
7Jurassic Park 3D$340,260-46%428-225$795$45,299,6807Universal
8The Place Beyond the Pines$306,969-56%317-352$968$20,627,9768Focus
9Escape From Planet Earth$244,552141%693439$353$55,612,39814Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$231,339-6%250-31$925$64,789,19612Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Company You Keep$225,469-44%223-171$1,011$4,510,5007Sony Pictures Classics
12The Call$215,368132%229108$940$51,319,36210Sony / TriStar
13Identity Thief$214,49011%241-38$890$133,989,14015Universal
14Evil Dead$158,325-46%208-235$761$54,036,2837Sony / TriStar
15The Host (2013)$112,421-28%231-70$487$26,542,1988Open Road
16Snitch (2013)$110,407-6%153-35$722$42,838,78613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Sapphires$98,358-29%102-16$964$1,989,1589Weinstein Company
18Tyler Perry's Temptation$87,446-53%150-128$583$51,847,8168Lionsgate
19Silver Linings Playbook$47,033-62%131-192$359$132,028,68027Weinstein Company
20Admission$46,480-35%129-27$360$17,954,9909Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$157,11485%6139$2,576$419,7384Weinstein Company
2Frances Ha$137,398--4--$34,350$137,3981IFC Films
3Stories We Tell$131,589386%2321$5,721$175,1032Roadside Attractions
4Renoir$115,026-23%80-6$1,438$1,484,1978IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Rangeelay$73,541--20--$3,677$73,5411Eros International
6Love Is All You Need$68,89585%2212$3,132$172,1273Sony Pictures Classics
7The Reluctant Fundamentalist$67,242-9%5812$1,159$348,2734IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$60,99912%193$3,210$38,223,594166Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$54,018-11%362$1,501$304,5995Cohen Media Group
10Go Goa Gone$53,058-69%920$577$270,1392Eros International
11To the Arctic 3D$50,44315%520$970$12,536,19957Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Home Run$44,975-66%86-45$523$2,817,8015IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$42,465-4%241$1,769$182,2993eOne Films US
14Ginger & Rosa$40,197167%286$1,436$908,49010A24
15What Maisie Knew$31,99530%41$7,999$101,9003Millenium Entertainment
16Life of Pi$30,142-23%51-19$591$124,863,50526Fox
17At Any Price$28,576-44%38-12$752$176,0154Sony Pictures Classics
18Safe Haven$26,919-40%90-34$299$71,324,50914Relativity Media
19Filly Brown$24,265-64%39-53$622$2,767,6935Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Quartet$21,650-40%42-17$515$18,196,20419Weinstein Company
21Space Station 3D$19,53087%119$1,775$87,871,421579IMAX
22From Up on Poppy Hill$19,344-35%31-6$624$928,99710GKIDS
23Dark Skies$17,28212%323$540$17,411,93013Weinstein / Dimension
24No (2013)$17,155-49%38-1$451$2,276,22614Sony Pictures Classics
25The Angels' Share$16,517-56%25-13$661$248,5676IFC Films
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,918-6%300$531$22,651,521111Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lore$14,559129%137$1,120$903,80215Music Box Films
28Not Today$14,333172%61$2,389$176,7946Freestyle Releasing
29A Good Day to Die Hard$13,703-26%31-19$442$67,344,39214Fox
30Augustine$13,616--5--$2,723$13,6161Music Box Films
31Trance$13,005-40%23-17$565$2,295,6147Fox Searchlight
32Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$12,966-68%25-18$519$169,3793Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Under the Sea 3D$12,520-43%15-3$835$32,946,193223Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Wonder$11,599-49%26-14$446$534,7466Magnolia Pictures
35Spring Breakers$9,925-10%11-5$902$14,049,59310A24
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,697129%1-2$9,697$70,2455Kino Lorber
37Parental Guidance$9,089-4%22-7$413$77,264,92621Fox
38Shootout at Wadala$8,938-85%890$100$365,7333Eros International
39Venus and Serena$8,693-21%73$1,242$23,6642Magnolia Pictures
40Something in the Air$8,342-41%9-1$927$52,9133IFC Films
41Sightseers$8,10110%53$1,620$19,0372IFC Films
42The Gatekeepers$7,250-45%3819$191$2,391,84916Sony Pictures Classics
43Deep Sea 3D$7,1109%4-1$1,778$45,548,853377Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Free the Mind$6,998196%97$778$316,8963International Film Circuit
45Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,998-42%9-2$778$316,89612International Film Circuit
46Starbuck$6,941-1%90$771$3,790,0599eOne Films US
47Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$6,602--15--$440$6,6021Freestyle Releasing
48Pieta$6,222--12--$519$6,2221Drafthouse Films
49No One Lives$6,131-87%12-41$511$72,1402Anchor Bay Films
50The English Teacher$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Cinedigm
51Emperor$4,552-15%7-3$650$3,326,60411Roadside Attractions
52King's Faith$4,434-68%9-5$493$67,3144Waking Giants Entertainment
53Searching For Sugar Man$3,561-23%6-1$594$3,667,23043Sony Pictures Classics
54Bidder 70$2,477--1--$2,477$2,4771First Run Features
55No Place on Earth$2,301-70%7-3$329$146,0717Magnolia Pictures
56The Silence$1,937192%20$969$85,80911Music Box Films
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,926-70%40$482$33,6625Kino Lorber
58The Painting (2013)$1,765-51%10$1,765$6,2772GKIDS
59Arthur Newman$1,654-68%4-6$414$204,7204Cinedigm
60Koch$1,25142%21$626$342,21216Zeitgeist Films
61Tai Chi Hero$1,214-60%20$607$30,2044Well Go USA
62Camp (2013)$1,197-24%2-1$599$316,57813Freestyle Releasing
63Kiss of the Damned$944-77%5-2$189$12,0773Magnolia / Magnet
64One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$938-92%21$469$18,4622Zeitgeist Films
65All Together$935--1--$935$43,18031Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
66The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$895--2--$448$1,72530Strand Releasing
6756 Up$475-73%1-2$475$695,37120First Run Features
68Girl Rising$340-92%37-26$9$1,231,08411Gathr Films
69Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$338--2--$169$29,9467First Run Features
70Dead Man's Burden$280-73%10$280$10,8083Cinedigm
71Leonie$253-86%2-1$127$53,69210Monterey Media
7211 Flowers$176--1--$176$9,21313First Run Features
73M (2013 re-issue)$142-81%10$142$28,25910Kino Lorber