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, Aug. 2 - Sun, Aug. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$27,059,130--3,025--$8,945$27,059,1301Universal
2The Wolverine$21,324,890-60%3,9240$5,434$94,638,7402Fox
3The Smurfs 2$17,548,389--3,866--$4,539$27,109,2601Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$13,027,154-41%3,11593$4,182$107,956,9073Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$10,134,120-38%3,207-269$3,160$326,411,5855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$7,945,069-32%3,075-183$2,584$116,195,2754Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$6,228,816-55%2,985-824$2,087$69,307,4593Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$5,556,294-40%2,755-261$2,017$45,059,4333Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$4,623,895-33%2,074-310$2,229$149,464,9576Fox
10Pacific Rim$4,490,326-42%1,803-799$2,490$92,881,0444Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$2,730,326-21%1,001115$2,728$13,552,6535Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$2,600,552-43%1,08622$2,395$10,852,4564Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$2,409,855-60%1,703-1147$1,415$30,482,0953Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$1,808,231-35%912-528$1,983$195,882,1937Paramount
2Monsters University$1,403,547-51%879-591$1,597$258,565,2387Disney
3The Lone Ranger$660,645-61%553-714$1,195$86,765,3525Disney
4The To Do List$632,101-60%585-6$1,081$3,094,9652CBS Films
5White House Down$511,217-44%353-323$1,448$71,589,1706Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$478,35391%300120$1,595$226,222,38012Paramount
7Man of Steel$466,574-38%304-197$1,535$287,681,3978Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$319,393-37%168-102$1,901$96,219,8158Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$307,8697%206-9$1,495$115,476,00510Lionsgate / Summit
1020 Feet from Stardom$297,406-20%135-12$2,203$3,493,7358RADiUS-TWC
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$248,103-66%214-284$1,159$32,009,5465Lionsgate / Summit
12Iron Man 3$239,573105%376252$637$407,676,35914Disney
13Fast & Furious 6$228,860-26%230-37$995$238,019,99011Universal
14Epic$226,256-28%255-34$887$106,648,83311Fox
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$178,714-33%228-43$784$144,512,21513Warner Bros.
16The Internship$174,154-14%172-25$1,013$44,221,6669Fox
17Before Midnight$160,24242%226148$709$7,814,79211Sony Pictures Classics
18The Croods$140,922-21%162-32$870$186,651,13320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19After Earth$124,930-25%146-21$856$60,273,47010Sony / Columbia
20The Purge$89,745-24%132-25$680$64,423,6509Universal
21The Hangover Part III$81,47622%103-44$791$112,142,86011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$1,858,696204%5044$37,174$2,845,1152Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$268,09555%5534$4,874$666,0523Magnolia Pictures
3The Spectacular Now$197,415--4--$49,354$197,4151A24
4I'm So Excited$124,487-13%9923$1,257$1,101,7456Sony Pictures Classics
5Still Mine$95,3671%417$2,326$808,9114IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The Attack$93,577-12%440$2,127$1,204,5107Cohen Media Group
7Unfinished Song$85,395-25%68-14$1,256$1,406,7027Weinstein Company
8Hubble 3D$84,4223%13-3$6,494$39,949,935177Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$79,952-46%42-18$1,904$1,572,6904Reliance Entertainment
10The Hunt$75,444-29%477$1,605$383,8114Magnolia Pictures
11Mud$60,814-22%62-11$981$21,472,04715Roadside Attractions
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$54,224-27%58-19$935$4,099,0659Roadside Attractions
13The Act of Killing$50,24021%1714$2,955$159,6213Drafthouse Films
14Only God Forgives$48,891-58%45-36$1,086$697,2423RADiUS-TWC
15Girl Most Likely$38,442-80%36-191$1,068$1,346,6033Roadside Attractions
16Hannah Arendt$36,48747%150$2,432$487,87110Zeitgeist Films
17Space Station 3D$32,986-5%20$16,493$88,707,092590IMAX
18Fill the Void$27,472-33%33-9$832$1,696,24511Sony Pictures Classics
19To the Arctic 3D$24,0579%12-2$2,005$13,331,66068Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Frances Ha$23,358-27%22-1$1,062$3,974,39212IFC Films
21The Bling Ring$22,993-54%395$590$5,773,3538A24
22Europa Report$22,243--3--$7,414$22,2431Magnolia / Magnet
23Crystal Fairy$19,394-29%201$970$147,3704IFC Films
24Under the Sea 3D$17,398-23%6-3$2,900$33,386,942234Warner Bros. / IMAX
25When Comedy Went to School$17,001--5--$3,400$26,4991International Film Circuit
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,146-14%13-5$1,165$22,816,604122Warner Bros. / IMAX
27The East$13,395-35%13-7$1,030$2,268,29610Fox Searchlight
28The Canyons$13,351--1--$13,351$13,3511IFC Films
29Stories We Tell$13,029176%173$766$1,555,44913Roadside Attractions
30Deep Sea 3D$12,877-48%101$1,288$45,772,334388Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Love Is All You Need$12,24261%134$942$1,572,80214Sony Pictures Classics
32Computer Chess$11,901-36%6-2$1,984$66,4023Kino Lorber
33Drug War$10,01969%43$2,505$19,6472Variance Films / Well Go USA
34Terms and Conditions May Apply$9,457475%64$1,576$26,3954Variance Films
35Kon-Tiki$8,783-36%9-5$976$1,511,79815Weinstein Company
36Pain and Gain$8,756-41%20-15$438$49,786,46215Paramount
37Museum Hours$8,347-46%6-1$1,391$205,5746Cinema Guild
38Rising From Ashes$7,298--3--$2,433$7,2981First Run Features
39A Hijacking$6,488-64%7-12$927$368,5017Magnolia Pictures
40Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$4,794--1--$4,794$7,5001Doppelgänger Releasing
41Copperhead$3,97243%20$1,986$167,2966Brainstorm Media
42Bajatey Raho$3,868-90%440$88$54,2072Eros International
43The Rooftop$3,723-70%5-1$745$85,7553Well Go USA
44Tiny Times$3,575-71%30$1,192$21,4402China Lion Film
45Dirty Wars$3,156-54%8-5$395$365,6049IFC Films
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$2,874-58%6-2$479$90,5165Magnolia Pictures
47Pandora's Promise$2,68732%1-1$2,687$66,6438Abramorama
48More Than Honey$2,395-14%20$1,198$59,0718Kino Lorber
49Free the Mind$2,375-22%2-1$1,188$93,27014International Film Circuit
50Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$2,188-59%2-2$1,094$146,55016Kino Lorber
51The Wall$1,41978%21$710$24,01910Music Box Films
52Downloaded$1,316--1--$1,316$6,7227Abramorama
53Augustine$1,28819%1-1$1,288$100,14412Music Box Films
54Byzantium$1,138-65%61$190$84,2936IFC Films
55Storm Surfers 3D$728-91%1-3$728$111,28315XLrator Media
56A Band Called Death$710-69%3-3$237$113,7636Drafthouse Films
57No Place on Earth$577-72%2-1$289$199,65918Magnolia Pictures
58Stuck in Love$387-75%10$387$73,2015Millennium Entertainment
59√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$280-35%10$280$15,5659Magnolia Pictures
60Searching For Sugar Man$256-28%1-1$256$3,692,86654Sony Pictures Classics
61Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$145--2--$73$27,0168First Run Features