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 tenth 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. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$45,607,745-45%4,0040$11,391$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$39,115,043--3,181--$12,296$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$29,774,625-55%3,6070$8,255$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$24,852,258--3,222--$7,713$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$20,737,490-50%4,131-76$5,020$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$8,700,827-35%2,710-345$3,211$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$5,612,267-29%2,564-259$2,189$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$2,448,995-50%1,550-867$1,580$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$2,130,203-33%1,035-530$2,058$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$1,431,710-58%1,008-908$1,420$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$1,228,595-66%1,122-1079$1,095$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$1,361,149-38%540-384$2,521$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$837,045-58%630-20$1,329$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$820,608-54%774-1220$1,060$103,010,1336Fox
4Before Midnight$635,468-29%290-151$2,191$5,712,7596Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$575,818-24%22216$2,594$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
6The Croods$467,171-7%307-17$1,522$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$387,391-36%255-107$1,519$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
8The Hangover Part III$346,906-52%277-253$1,252$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
9After Earth$323,297-66%331-835$977$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
10The East$255,504-30%185-10$1,381$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
11Mud$205,229-34%168-45$1,222$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
12Raanjhanaa$193,572-53%1020$1,898$756,2332Eros International
1342 (2013)$185,330-28%252-73$735$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
14The Big Wedding$129,68178%101-40$1,284$21,805,33410Lionsgate
15Olympus Has Fallen$102,368-19%165-12$620$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
16Oz: The Great and Powerful$102,214-45%187-46$547$234,770,99617Disney
17Scary Movie 5$88,3366%122-12$724$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
18G.I. Joe: Retaliation$71,983-21%118-21$610$122,400,46614Paramount
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$54,501-59%1610$339$3,745,2435Eros International
20Escape From Planet Earth$30,425-30%101-37$301$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
120 Feet from Stardom$232,313260%4438$5,280$415,1923RADiUS-TWC
2Fill the Void$183,237-2%6115$3,004$911,4126Sony Pictures Classics
3Ghanchakkar$143,616--89--$1,614$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
4The Attack$136,474398%3633$3,791$178,8542Cohen Media Group
5Frances Ha$115,160-34%90-48$1,280$3,437,2687IFC Films
6I'm So Excited$97,328--5--$19,466$97,3281Sony Pictures Classics
7Unfinished Song$92,256259%1917$4,856$131,8232Weinstein Company
8The Kings of Summer$84,548-35%48-17$1,761$925,1785CBS Films
9Hubble 3D$73,68314%150$4,912$39,082,561172Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Copperhead$55,625--59--$943$55,6251Brainstorm Media
11Love Is All You Need$51,129-19%42-2$1,217$1,372,3989Sony Pictures Classics
12A Hijacking$45,36315%158$3,024$105,5432Magnolia Pictures
13Dirty Wars$44,754-1%3111$1,444$275,2244IFC Films
14To the Arctic 3D$39,07458%520$751$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
15A Band Called Death$34,839--15--$2,323$34,8391Drafthouse Films
16Renoir$29,15547%20-3$1,458$2,155,96314IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17Stories We Tell$28,203-33%23-10$1,226$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
18Kon-Tiki$27,995-40%34-19$823$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
19Hannah Arendt$21,85113%92$2,428$229,3095Zeitgeist Films
20Under the Sea 3D$21,63432%8-2$2,704$33,135,419229Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Born to Be Wild 3D$20,6119%300$687$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Redemption (2013)$19,977--19--$1,051$19,9771Roadside Attractions
23What Maisie Knew$18,135-43%18-15$1,008$995,8819Millenium Entertainment
24The Company You Keep$17,764-47%41-24$433$5,077,74113Sony Pictures Classics
25SOMM$17,367-38%94$1,930$153,6202IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
26Space Station 3D$16,829-2%3-4$5,610$88,151,618585IMAX
27Byzantium$16,643--6--$2,774$16,6431IFC Films
28The Sapphires$14,998-22%18-11$833$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
29Not Today$11,963270%52$2,393$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
30Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$11,041676%95$1,227$87,97211Kino Lorber
31Pain and Gain$10,784-56%26-24$415$49,359,97310Paramount
32Lost and Found in Armenia$6,698-12%21$3,349$117,1914High Top Releasing
33Maniac$5,7854%109$579$12,8432IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,734-5%70$676$352,99318International Film Circuit
35Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$4,690--1--$4,690$32,35811Rialto Pictures
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,539433%20$2,270$117,35811Kino Lorber
37Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,412-31%6-2$735$497,8829eOne Films US
38Shadow Dancer$4,239-51%4-6$1,060$87,6745Magnolia Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$4,161-30%2-4$2,081$45,633,127383Warner Bros. / IMAX
40An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,007-6%2-1$2,004$57,92110Variance Films
41At Any Price$3,87676%50$775$361,41810Sony Pictures Classics
42The Iceman$3,863-44%5-7$773$1,930,2829Millennium Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,4472%10-6$345$124,975,03032Fox
44100 Bloody Acres$3,419--13--$263$3,4191Doppelgänger Releasing
45Free the Mind$3,334595%31$1,111$74,7659International Film Circuit
46The English Teacher$2,698-41%10$2,698$60,1667Cinedigm
47Augustine$2,367-69%4-5$592$62,7617Music Box Films
48Berberian Sound Studio$2,320-61%10-1$232$24,3163IFC Midnight
49Downloaded$1,785-29%20$893$4,7652Abramorama
50The Silence$1,744133%21$872$94,24417Music Box Films
51Pandora's Promise$1,454-60%3-2$485$43,7323Abramorama
52Fukrey$1,438-88%570$25$124,2213Eros International
53Detention of the Dead$1,332--2--$666$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
54Lore$1,146-40%10$1,146$968,87921Music Box Films
55√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$1,144-57%3-1$381$11,3894Magnolia Pictures
56Made in Cleveland$1,076-68%3-2$359$9,8742Striped Entertainment
57Bidder 70$1,000--4--$250$4,8097First Run Features
58To the Wonder$940-57%4-1$235$583,98412Magnolia Pictures
59The Wall$843-10%1-1$843$17,0435Music Box Films
60No Place on Earth$780-75%2-1$390$190,39113Magnolia Pictures
61In the Fog$676-63%1-1$676$7,4713Strand Releasing
62Searching For Sugar Man$446-35%1-1$446$3,688,45849Sony Pictures Classics
63The Stroller Strategy$265--1--$265$3,2553Rialto Premieres
64Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$149-97%1-16$149$6,7812High Top Releasing