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, Jun. 7 - Sun, Jun. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$34,058,360--2,536--$13,430$34,058,3601Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$19,626,885-44%3,77185$5,205$202,812,5803Universal
3Now You See Me$19,040,890-35%3,02095$6,305$60,914,9142Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$17,325,307--3,366--$5,147$17,325,3071Fox
5Epic$11,876,003-29%3,594-300$3,304$83,930,5593Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$11,425,755-32%3,152-433$3,625$199,866,1944Paramount
7After Earth$10,712,240-61%3,4010$3,150$46,103,8092Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$7,343,414-55%3,242-323$2,265$102,337,3703Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$5,753,661-32%2,351-544$2,447$394,283,3266Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$4,222,409-35%2,160-475$1,955$136,167,5275Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,162,258-5%5801$2,004$18,589,7537Roadside Attractions
2Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$803,206-49%1610$4,989$2,855,6312Eros International
3The Croods$724,9699%414-92$1,751$181,649,00712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$545,7153%233101$2,342$2,333,2814IFC Films
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$374,964-11%322-8$1,164$233,671,83214Disney
642 (2013)$364,175-29%370-131$984$92,924,9549Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$247,475-37%298-59$830$88,473,9258Universal
8Love Is All You Need$208,63424%10130$2,066$984,8376Sony Pictures Classics
9Olympus Has Fallen$196,851118%23687$834$98,110,71212FilmDistrict
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$181,092-35%236-50$767$121,900,11911Paramount
11What Maisie Knew$152,217-20%12221$1,248$774,3036Millenium Entertainment
12Escape From Planet Earth$107,144-45%182-86$589$56,548,35517Weinstein Company
13Pain and Gain$100,101-38%175-32$572$49,215,8397Paramount
14Evil Dead$94,073658%171131$550$54,239,85610Sony / TriStar
15The Place Beyond the Pines$72,647-14%13431$542$21,255,48111Focus
16Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$60,026-11%1309$462$9,123,8345Lionsgate
17Quartet$34,373241%11497$302$18,302,12922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$526,41930%5221$10,123$1,460,1033Sony Pictures Classics
2The East$228,561197%4137$5,575$336,0022Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$212,873261%4440$4,838$294,4812CBS Films
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$171,942--5--$34,388$171,9431Roadside Attractions
5Stories We Tell$142,25724%7031$2,032$1,091,6605Roadside Attractions
6Kon-Tiki$113,057-20%751$1,507$1,076,5407Weinstein Company
7Fill the Void$78,30358%137$6,023$260,0143Sony Pictures Classics
8The Call$68,402-40%91-47$752$51,872,37813Sony / TriStar
9The Iceman$67,013-46%67-56$1,000$1,852,0746Millennium Entertainment
10Renoir$64,061-34%57-8$1,124$2,003,71111IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Dirty Wars$63,504--4--$15,876$63,5041IFC Films
12Hubble 3D$55,37912%212$2,637$38,640,762169Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Big Wedding$50,538-32%92-34$549$21,373,9537Lionsgate
14Lost and Found in Armenia$49,829--9--$5,537$49,8291High Top Releasing
15The Company You Keep$43,743-33%51-22$858$4,953,24910Sony Pictures Classics
16The Sapphires$40,027-29%55-3$728$2,276,23712Weinstein Company
17Hannah Arendt$36,45617%54$7,291$104,0822Zeitgeist Films
18We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$36,24118%2514$1,450$128,6913Focus World
19To the Arctic 3D$35,5055%520$683$12,754,47360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Jack the Giant Slayer$27,016-62%58-85$466$65,171,86015Warner Bros. / New Line
21Wish You Were Here (2013)$25,937--11--$2,358$25,9371eOne Films US
22Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$25,148-43%29-9$867$441,7766eOne Films US
23Not Today$22,707-48%191$1,195$278,5049Freestyle Releasing
24Under the Sea 3D$16,66525%11-2$1,515$33,035,146226Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Space Station 3D$14,447-12%4-1$3,612$88,020,512582IMAX
26Scary Movie 5$14,245-19%510$279$31,433,8519Weinstein / Dimension
27Born to Be Wild 3D$12,958-10%300$432$22,760,241114Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Shadow Dancer$12,46717%64$2,078$27,2732Magnolia Pictures
29Life of Pi$11,252-49%258$450$124,929,34629Fox
30The Reluctant Fundamentalist$11,230-50%21-8$535$519,5357IFC Films
31Tiger Eyes$10,874--17--$640$10,8741Freestyle Releasing
32Violet & Daisy$9,982--17--$587$9,9821Cinedigm
33Deep Sea 3D$8,03155%62$1,339$45,590,232380Warner Bros. / IMAX
34At Any Price$7,614-67%18-27$423$345,3177Sony Pictures Classics
35Lore$7,303-46%3-1$2,434$952,65618Music Box Films
36Free the Mind$7,217112%4-1$1,804$64,1066International Film Circuit
37Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$6,252-33%72$893$106,7698Kino Lorber
38The English Teacher$6,0797%3-2$2,026$41,8354Cinedigm
39Hello Herman$5,985--15--$399$5,9851Freestyle Releasing
40The Prey$5,889--5--$1,178$5,8891Cohen Media Group
41You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$5,343--2--$2,672$5,3431Kino Lorber
42No (2013)$5,098-56%14-3$364$2,338,43017Sony Pictures Classics
43From Up on Poppy Hill$4,931-53%10-2$493$993,51013GKIDS
44No Place on Earth$4,876-52%4-1$1,219$172,62810Magnolia Pictures
45Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,793-14%4-4$1,198$58,8708Kino Lorber
46Post Tenebras Lux$4,643818%64$774$27,3826Strand Releasing
47To the Wonder$4,622-20%12-1$385$566,0479Magnolia Pictures
48Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,270-37%63$712$337,29615International Film Circuit
49√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$3,936--5--$787$3,9361Magnolia Pictures
50An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,920260%31$1,307$41,6527Variance Films
51In the House$3,304-70%8-5$413$388,0448Cohen Media Group
52Home Run$3,241-11%5-1$648$2,859,9558IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53Nostalghia (2013 re-issue)$2,690-49%10$2,690$12,4472Kino Lorber
54Searching For Sugar Man$2,384-34%4-2$596$3,682,13746Sony Pictures Classics
55Camp (2013)$2,219--1--$2,219$319,35016Freestyle Releasing
56The History of Future Folk$2,148-63%10$2,148$8,7212Variance / FilmBuff
57The Wall$1,578-28%10$1,578$5,5042Music Box Films
58The Gatekeepers$1,498-52%4-2$375$2,407,46919Sony Pictures Classics
59Emperor$1,334-67%5-1$267$3,345,31914Roadside Attractions
60Augustine$1,332-69%2-2$666$45,6654Music Box Films
61Sound City$1,312--1--$1,312$416,62419Variance Films
62Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$1,14247%31$381$2,5122Cinema Purgatorio
63Spring Breakers$1,023-91%5-35$205$14,123,77313A24
64Pieta$929-72%2-2$465$20,1994Drafthouse Films
65Venus and Serena$798-78%2-4$399$46,3375Magnolia Pictures
66Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$647--3--$216$32,86410First Run Features
67Dead Man's Burden$541-81%1-2$541$29,2156Cinedigm
68Syrup$301--1--$301$3011Magnolia Pictures
69Paradise: Love$266-52%10$266$22,2577Strand Releasing
70White Elephant$42-40%10$42$8,86311Strand Releasing
71Herman's House$14--1--$14$4,6698First Run Features