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. 23 - Sun, Aug. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,503,812-33%3,110177$5,307$51,760,6252Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$13,047,119-27%3,445120$3,787$91,287,3183Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$9,336,957--3,118--$2,995$14,088,3591Sony / Screen Gems
4The World's End$8,811,790--1,551--$5,681$8,811,7901Focus
5Planes$8,575,214-36%3,378-338$2,539$59,599,9093Disney
6You're Next$7,020,196--2,437--$2,881$7,020,1961Lionsgate
7Elysium$6,926,280-49%2,913-371$2,378$68,880,2183Sony / TriStar
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,274,716-40%2,730-350$1,932$48,421,1693Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$4,373,310-67%2,9455$1,485$22,526,4452Universal
10Blue Jasmine$3,972,68773%1,2831054$3,096$14,471,4895Sony Pictures Classics
112 Guns$3,359,825-42%1,841-630$1,825$65,353,9954Universal
12Jobs$2,866,014-57%2,3810$1,204$12,009,3012Open Road
13The Smurfs 2$2,764,252-42%1,852-497$1,493$62,580,3704Sony / Columbia
14Despicable Me 2$2,600,715-33%1,402-416$1,855$350,701,1358Universal
15The Wolverine$2,483,787-45%1,449-609$1,714$125,079,4635Fox
16The Conjuring$2,058,284-47%1,355-646$1,519$131,668,9926Warner Bros. / New Line
17Paranoia$1,313,251-63%2,4590$534$6,250,2932Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$900,617-47%620-621$1,453$128,945,2487Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$643,442-40%470-289$1,369$78,785,4456Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Spectacular Now$619,23450%15499$4,021$1,904,4124A24
4The Heat$544,888-38%409-282$1,332$156,392,7669Fox
5The Way, Way Back$407,154-45%302-155$1,348$18,628,0978Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$402,621-44%260-184$1,549$99,174,9807Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$391,041-15%243-38$1,609$261,811,23210Disney
8Chennai Express$387,902-57%144-46$2,694$4,687,7523UTV Motion Pictures
9Man of Steel$353,846-31%303-62$1,168$290,229,82211Warner Bros.
10Red 2$346,236-50%389-326$890$51,605,1256Lionsgate / Summit
11Now You See Me$336,923121%246112$1,370$116,433,75013Lionsgate / Summit
12World War Z$314,920-28%239-68$1,318$198,854,94110Paramount
13Fruitvale Station$276,172-47%392-85$705$15,185,2497Weinstein Company
14White House Down$265,751169%229122$1,160$72,425,6929Sony / Columbia
15Iron Man 3$217,321-31%173-17$1,256$408,569,26317Disney
16R.I.P.D.$206,745-6%179-24$1,155$32,731,4956Universal
17The Lone Ranger$187,784-16%141-43$1,332$87,989,6928Disney
18Star Trek Into Darkness$106,356-45%144-66$739$227,377,84415Paramount
19Epic$77,264-36%115-53$672$107,356,60514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$283,99424%7538$3,787$732,7793Roadside Attractions
2Blackfish$134,209-30%992$1,356$1,638,4116Magnolia Pictures
3The Grandmaster$132,617--7--$18,945$132,6171Weinstein Company
4Austenland$111,322174%2218$5,060$170,8152Sony Pictures Classics
520 Feet from Stardom$85,998-29%70-25$1,229$4,245,28611RADiUS-TWC
6Ain't Them Bodies Saints$65,175147%2825$2,328$106,0962IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$59,167-18%131$4,551$40,428,995180Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Short Term 12$56,206--4--$14,052$56,2061Cinedigm
9Fast & Furious 6$52,435-45%98-43$535$238,550,31014Universal
10This Is The End$45,696-49%38-20$1,203$96,771,09311Sony / Columbia
11The Croods$40,130-46%69-45$582$187,073,69723Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Attack$29,509-34%17-13$1,736$1,504,48710Cohen Media Group
13Cutie and the Boxer$28,65836%129$2,388$61,0562RADiUS-TWC
14The Internship$25,887-62%47-53$551$44,615,73212Fox
15The Hunt$22,334-20%30-1$744$540,9307Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$22,139-28%10$22,139$88,916,587593IMAX
17Museum Hours$21,646-34%11-5$1,968$325,7919Cinema Guild
18Therese (2013)$20,050--6--$3,342$20,0501MPI Pictures
19Drinking Buddies$19,505--2--$9,753$19,5051Magnolia Pictures
20Hannah Arendt$19,237-28%14-3$1,374$613,31013Zeitgeist Films
21You Will Be My Son$18,97324%65$3,162$44,6572Cohen Media Group
22Before Midnight$18,453-4%4926$377$8,016,06414Sony Pictures Classics
23Unfinished Song$17,461-44%27-16$647$1,611,25010Weinstein Company
24Una Noche$17,194--3--$5,731$17,1941IFC Films
25Prince Avalanche$16,558-38%181$920$118,2783Magnolia Pictures
26Under the Sea 3D$15,939-39%6-2$2,657$33,532,113237Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Savannah$15,599--14--$1,114$15,5991Ketchup Entertainment
28When Comedy Went to School$14,524-48%130$1,117$108,4244International Film Circuit
29I'm So Excited$13,060-48%22-9$594$1,306,3929Sony Pictures Classics
30The Act of Killing$12,787-71%15-14$852$354,2426Drafthouse Films
31Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,724-46%27-9$471$4,252,25812Roadside Attractions
32To the Arctic 3D$11,393-31%11-2$1,036$13,447,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Born to Be Wild 3D$10,144-18%110$922$22,911,465125Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Drug War$10,094-54%11-2$918$93,2465Variance Films / Well Go USA
35Still Mine$8,774-70%14-12$627$988,8267IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36Europa Report$8,587-42%10-2$859$108,9814Magnolia / Magnet
37Mud$7,896-43%16-12$494$21,581,88618Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,151-39%9-4$795$45,830,718391Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Frances Ha$6,377-30%8-4$797$4,037,62715IFC Films
40The Patience Stone$6,232-11%42$1,558$19,8622Sony Pictures Classics
41Underdogs (2013)$5,371-71%2-2$2,686$28,5292Freestyle Releasing
42Tiny Times 2$5,259-75%5-1$1,052$36,7592China Lion Film
43Lovelace$4,234-89%6-42$706$344,7033RADiUS-TWC
44Free the Mind$4,214143%41$1,054$107,26317International Film Circuit
45A Hijacking$4,133-63%6-7$689$395,57210Magnolia Pictures
46Rising From Ashes$4,084290%32$1,361$18,3014First Run Features
47Stories We Tell$3,482101%6-2$580$1,583,03316Roadside Attractions
48Girl Rising$3,460196%1-6$3,460$1,526,48825Gathr Films
49The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,426--1--$3,426$21,3665Rialto Pictures
50I Give It a Year$3,129-39%4-2$782$19,8103Magnolia Pictures
51The Trials of Muhammad Ali$2,980--1--$2,980$2,9801Kino Lorber
52Crystal Fairy$2,807-48%13-4$216$179,9647IFC Films
53The Artist and the Model$2,764-73%3-2$921$78,1744Cohen Media Group
54Only God Forgives$2,647-72%3-13$882$775,3286RADiUS-TWC
55The Bling Ring$2,519-56%7-11$360$5,831,56511A24
56Fill the Void$2,392-78%10-10$239$1,752,83814Sony Pictures Classics
57Pain and Gain$2,202-94%22-64$100$49,874,93318Paramount
58Paradise: Faith$2,179--3--$726$2,1791Strand Releasing
59Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$2,067--3--$689$16,9564Doppelgänger Releasing
60Computer Chess$2,065-31%2-1$1,033$90,6196Kino Lorber
61Storm Surfers 3D$1,84243%20$921$117,09018XLrator Media
62Love Is All You Need$1,664-78%3-5$555$1,608,56217Sony Pictures Classics
63Inch'Allah$1,632-52%21$816$457,8852eOne Films US
64The Canyons$1,581-70%3-6$527$49,4944IFC Films
65Stuck in Love$1,473-47%3-2$491$78,9508Millennium Entertainment
66The Wall$1,245-45%2-1$623$33,45413Music Box Films
67Downloaded$1,144--1--$1,144$8,27810Abramorama
68Girl Most Likely$93435%1-1$934$1,376,1266Roadside Attractions
69A Band Called Death$899-73%1-1$899$122,4109Drafthouse Films
70Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$86448%30$288$101,1818Magnolia Pictures
71The Happy Sad$779-83%20$390$7,7422Miasma Films
72√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$625618%53$125$17,46312Magnolia Pictures
73Augustine$615-72%20$308$105,68915Music Box Films
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$567129%21$284$147,98619Kino Lorber
75More Than Honey$296-70%1-3$296$66,72811Kino Lorber
76Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$201-89%10$201$3,0782Kino Lorber