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, Sep. 27 - Sun, Sep. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,017,930--4,001--$8,502$34,017,9301Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$10,865,262-48%3,29030$3,303$38,549,1942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$10,014,9205247%2,2972292$4,360$10,275,8292Universal
4Baggage Claim$9,031,102--2,027--$4,455$9,031,1021Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$8,677,009--2,422--$3,583$8,677,0091Relativity Media
6Insidious Chapter 2$6,552,114-53%3,120-35$2,100$69,349,5093FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$3,732,432-47%2,894-197$1,290$31,754,6023Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$2,807,479-38%2,405-598$1,167$142,360,9318Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,401,793-43%2,062-869$1,165$110,265,8627Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$2,023,792-56%2,0080$1,008$7,492,0842Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$1,607,145-56%1,826-1196$880$40,056,7104Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$801,522-55%1,007-466$796$65,380,2738Fox
13Planes$759,290-72%1,426-1020$532$87,681,4498Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,465,408-36%948-30$3,655$38,652,8965Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,098,902802%227223$9,246$2,466,3812Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$1,576,561--305--$5,169$1,576,5611Picturehouse
4Despicable Me 2$792,895-42%748-256$1,060$361,774,71513Universal
5Blue Jasmine$624,245-49%528-319$1,182$30,662,23210Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$557,233-82%305-13$1,827$5,081,0492Warner Bros.
7Grown Ups 2$551,295120%390132$1,414$131,964,54012Sony / Columbia
8Elysium$501,998-66%562-830$893$91,851,0608Sony / TriStar
92 Guns$286,145-56%403-349$710$75,002,5559Universal
10The Wolverine$269,477-41%329-133$819$131,304,65010Fox
11The Smurfs 2$250,441-53%353-243$709$69,915,4189Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$250,026-39%282-51$887$81,963,43811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Conjuring$201,292-52%338-223$596$136,972,05511Warner Bros. / New Line
14The World's End$191,973-73%281-552$683$25,694,5456Focus
15The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$190,982-71%329-718$580$31,046,2016Sony / Screen Gems
16The Heat$183,109-33%251-59$730$158,948,63614Fox
17Thanks for Sharing$159,812-70%251-18$637$898,4032Roadside Attractions
18Monsters University$158,367-48%178-136$890$266,068,49215Disney
19One Direction: This Is Us$141,289-88%228-1478$620$28,818,9675Sony / TriStar
20This Is The End$122,431-62%205-322$597$101,362,89416Sony / Columbia
21The Spectacular Now$115,175-70%142-429$811$6,656,9549A24
22In a World...$112,729-52%121-23$932$2,597,3868Roadside Attractions
23Pacific Rim$112,099-36%140-62$801$101,624,60212Warner Bros.
24The Grandmaster$105,090-56%143-330$735$6,505,6166Weinstein Company
25Austenland$95,890-59%107-127$896$1,732,5247Sony Pictures Classics
26The Way, Way Back$90,652-58%158-166$574$21,324,65613Fox Searchlight
27World War Z$88,130-53%160-43$551$202,278,85815Paramount
28Salinger$64,581-65%134-4$482$504,5734Weinstein Company
29Red 2$64,410-34%110-68$586$52,869,28711Lionsgate / Summit
30You're Next$30,750-84%112-420$275$18,409,9646Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Generation Iron$150,000-39%8429$1,786$407,0002The Vladar Company
2Inequality for All$140,888--28--$5,032$140,8881RADiUS-TWC
3Wadjda$73,70311%167$4,606$308,3393Sony Pictures Classics
4Phata Poster Nikla Hero$73,688-72%940$784$390,2072Eros International
5The Lone Ranger$60,725-36%89-49$682$89,237,14813Disney
6Short Term 12$58,391-55%55-20$1,062$811,5966Cinedigm
7On the Job$56,098--29--$1,934$56,0981Well Go USA
8Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$32,795--35--$937$32,7951AMC Entertainment
9Haute Cuisine$32,202109%1411$2,300$55,3052Weinstein Company
10Hubble 3D$29,980-25%151$1,999$40,803,709185Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Jobs$27,384-70%84-68$326$16,117,4437Open Road
12Getaway$25,111-87%74-441$339$10,494,4945Warner Bros.
13Fruitvale Station$24,272-44%42-61$578$16,011,61012Weinstein Company
1420 Feet from Stardom$21,745--30--$725$4,651,65916RADiUS-TWC
15Wedding Palace$19,908--6--$3,318$19,9081GoGoGo Entertainment
16Blue Caprice$19,85959%2516$794$56,6743IFC Films
17Paranoia$19,152-69%66-22$290$7,376,0277Relativity Media
18Grand Masti$18,706-74%640$292$404,7893Eros International
19Space Station 3D$18,54634%52$3,709$89,054,813598IMAX
20The Ultimate Life$17,020-82%47-137$362$1,311,2354High Top Releasing
21Good Ol' Freda$15,245-18%176$897$80,6414Magnolia Pictures
22Museum Hours$14,642-54%16-3$915$491,31114Cinema Guild
23Muscle Shoals$13,901--1--$13,901$13,9011Magnolia Pictures
24We Are What We Are (2013)$13,727--2--$6,864$13,7271eOne Films US
25Blackfish$13,4003%22-6$609$2,043,69111Magnolia Pictures
26Populaire$12,985-53%244$541$130,0884Weinstein Company
27You Will Be My Son$12,066-59%17-4$710$187,1317Cohen Media Group
28GMO OMG$12,031--9--$1,337$41,9023Submarine Deluxe
29The Citizen$11,654--3--$3,885$12,6014Monterey Media
30Still Mine$10,694-32%16-3$668$1,127,45812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31Drinking Buddies$9,880-73%22-11$449$320,0516Magnolia Pictures
32Born to Be Wild 3D$9,66712%90$1,074$22,983,103130Warner Bros. / IMAX
33To the Arctic 3D$9,574-4%10-1$957$13,554,04576Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Unfinished Song$9,565-24%19-4$503$1,697,29415Weinstein Company
35Under the Sea 3D$9,29348%7-1$1,328$33,619,887242Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Chennai Express$8,388-62%9-11$932$5,306,7298UTV Motion Pictures
37Ip Man: The Final Fight$7,165-54%6-8$1,194$29,4692Well Go USA
38The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,734838%98$748$19,0416Kino Lorber
39Jewtopia$6,628-75%8-8$829$42,2932Le Petit Canyon Productions
40Ain't Them Bodies Saints$6,581-61%21-22$313$387,6067IFC Films
41The Hunt$6,475112%113$589$610,96812Magnolia Pictures
42The Attack$6,375-61%9-6$708$1,714,71015Cohen Media Group
43My Lucky Star$5,988-87%7-16$855$61,2562China Lion Film
44The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,493--1--$5,493$5,4931Rialto Pictures
45C.O.G.$5,438-83%9-11$604$49,6912Screen Media / Focus World
46The Short Game$5,326-81%8-12$666$38,8562Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
47Zaytoun$5,01822%53$1,004$11,6352Strand Releasing
48Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,460-59%8-10$558$4,319,24317Roadside Attractions
49Mademoiselle C$4,423-57%3-4$1,474$44,7963Cohen Media Group
50Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$4,147--1--$4,147$5,6741Rialto Pictures
51Computer Chess$4,0901014%31$1,363$99,14911Kino Lorber
52Adore$3,641-81%9-23$405$317,1254Exclusive Media
53The Patience Stone$3,544-71%9-6$394$115,6327Sony Pictures Classics
54I Used to Be Darker$3,533--1--$3,533$3,5331Strand Releasing
55Deep Sea 3D$3,412-27%20$1,706$45,884,461396Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Before Midnight$3,350-41%6-4$558$8,102,19619Sony Pictures Classics
57Hannah Arendt$3,304-71%3-3$1,101$688,07518Zeitgeist Films
58Free the Mind$3,166557%43$792$131,01822International Film Circuit
59When Comedy Went to School$3,106-48%7-1$444$166,8569International Film Circuit
60Morning$2,876--4--$719$2,8761Anchor Bay Films
61Prince Avalanche$2,64410%92$294$186,5018Magnolia Pictures
62Hotel Normandy$2,552--1--$2,552$2,5521Rialto Premieres
63Fill the Void$2,4281%4-5$607$1,774,63919Sony Pictures Classics
64Touchy Feely$2,306-47%3-2$769$30,5684Magnolia Pictures
65The Act of Killing$2,2161%10-1$222$438,05511Drafthouse Films
66A Hijacking$1,9051069%53$381$413,27615Magnolia Pictures
67Shepard & Dark$1,226--1--$1,226$2,8951Music Box Films
68Informant$1,21673%31$405$7,6373Music Box Films
69Love Is All You Need$1,05022%2-1$525$1,631,30622Sony Pictures Classics
70Rising From Ashes$658-68%1-2$658$33,4019First Run Features
71Satyagraha$649-88%2-7$325$738,5255UTV Motion Pictures
72I'm So Excited$560-74%2-7$280$1,357,09114Sony Pictures Classics
73Il Futuro$52061%10$520$9,3354Strand Releasing
74Europa Report$44893%21$224$123,2639Magnolia / Magnet
75Stories We Tell$447-55%4-1$112$1,598,11421Roadside Attractions
76Leviathan (2013)$42161%10$421$75,21531Cinema Guild
77Our Nixon$370-24%1-1$370$18,5735Cinedigm
78You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$325--2--$163$18,45517Kino Lorber
79Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$166-55%10$166$151,38924Kino Lorber
80Hava Nagila (The Movie)$95--1--$95$368,72431International Film Circuit
81Night Across the Street$50--1--$50$16,77834Cinema Guild
82I Declare War$28-84%1-2$28$14,7725Drafthouse Films