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, Oct. 18 - Sun, Oct. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$30,027,161-30%3,820160$7,861$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$16,413,093-36%3,0200$5,435$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$16,101,552--3,157--$5,100$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$9,885,732--2,883--$3,429$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,672,791-30%3,602-272$2,685$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$2,064,235-43%2,160-695$956$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$1,673,351--1,769--$946$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$1,665,242-56%2,011-1015$828$17,576,5603Fox
9Insidious Chapter 2$1,499,842-45%1,665-491$901$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
10Rush (2013)$1,261,115-47%1,197-933$1,054$24,623,2945Universal
11Machete Kills$1,203,135-69%2,5380$474$6,402,3742Open Road
12Don Jon$1,182,410-50%1,114-882$1,061$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,750,519-8%757151$2,312$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$1,100,374-46%865-455$1,272$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$971,826--457--$2,127$971,8261High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$744,255-32%881-269$845$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$607,966-52%43810$1,388$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Instructions Not Included$538,588-48%475-236$1,134$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Despicable Me 2$485,850-4%395-39$1,230$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$387,473-38%602-378$644$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$307,919-14%230-5$1,339$267,497,03718Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$300,021-15%350-54$857$66,921,92711Fox
11Grace Unplugged$234,392-55%313-189$749$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$221,128-57%4610$480$938,2012Relativity Media
13The Family (2013)$215,410-63%483-567$446$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$208,797-23%223-38$936$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$199,131-21%242-26$823$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
16Blue Jasmine$188,718-18%152-38$1,242$31,972,04513Sony Pictures Classics
17The Wolverine$152,564-15%207-20$737$132,078,65113Fox
18Planes$151,963-35%210-170$724$88,711,67411Disney
19Inequality for All$127,946-16%10323$1,242$778,0734RADiUS-TWC
20Turbo$120,102-25%149-38$806$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Riddick$117,500-54%253-177$464$41,885,6457Universal
222 Guns$91,740-21%135-31$680$75,573,30012Universal
23The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$84,268-67%1470$573$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
24The Heat$77,246-20%103-36$750$159,403,24417Fox
25The Conjuring$43,032-37%113-32$381$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$923,715--19--$48,617$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2Wadjda$140,92434%6619$2,135$800,6496Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$132,476-3%241$5,520$450,3442Purdie Distribution
4Muscle Shoals$95,44389%3622$2,651$219,3254Magnolia Pictures
5All Is Lost$93,583--6--$15,597$93,5831Roadside Attractions
6The Face Reader$68,802-41%18-1$3,822$484,1123Pan Media & Entertainment
7Elysium$55,621-37%93-47$598$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
8Generation Iron$55,230-27%33-1$1,674$696,7155The Vladar Company
9Kill Your Darlings$53,452--4--$13,363$69,2751Sony Pictures Classics
10A.C.O.D.$45,99235%4224$1,095$121,3403The Film Arcade
11Battle of the Year$43,392-69%86-124$505$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
12Hubble 3D$42,65430%130$3,281$40,985,570188Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Summit$42,189-1%7036$603$144,8073IFC Films
14Austenland$37,236-11%47-5$792$1,958,05510Sony Pictures Classics
15In a World...$36,761-18%47-7$782$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
16Seasons of Gray$31,953--24--$1,331$31,9531EchoLight Studios
17Parkland$30,598-67%32-101$956$614,6223Exclusive Media
18Space Station 3D$25,682-11%41$6,421$89,206,530601IMAX
19The Spectacular Now$22,44116%5421$416$6,811,44512A24
20Haute Cuisine$20,176-18%21-9$961$190,7565Weinstein Company
21Escape From Tomorrow$18,322-71%11-19$1,666$118,3332Producers Distribution Agency
22The Way, Way Back$17,876-23%38-25$470$21,456,09216Fox Searchlight
23Linsanity$16,697-68%9-7$1,855$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
24The World's End$14,215-56%40-33$355$25,934,3259Focus
25Concussion$13,897--25--$556$38,3613RADiUS-TWC
26Short Term 12$12,705-33%22-8$578$931,2389Cinedigm
27Shahid$12,153--16--$760$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
28Broadway Idiot$11,522109%65$1,920$18,2682FilmBuff
29Thanks for Sharing$9,37531%14-2$670$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
30A Touch of Sin$9,043-51%60$1,507$69,6543Kino Lorber
31To the Arctic 3D$8,1308%9-1$903$13,590,50979Warner Bros. / IMAX
32We Are What We Are (2013)$7,907-51%12-1$659$64,0434eOne Films US
3320 Feet from Stardom$7,881--17--$464$4,698,37619RADiUS-TWC
34Fruitvale Station$7,870-31%20-21$394$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
35As I Lay Dying$5,841-18%21$2,921$15,0092Millenium Entertainment
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,290-39%8-1$661$23,026,394133Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Camille Claudel 1915$5,106--1--$5,106$6,6401Kino Lorber
38Torn$4,881--1--$4,881$4,8811The Film Collective
39Museum Hours$4,78244%6-1$797$526,80417Cinema Guild
40The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,694337%3-3$1,565$35,9549Kino Lorber
41Under the Sea 3D$4,497-19%5-1$899$33,643,674245Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Blackfish$4,43824%163$277$2,070,05314Magnolia Pictures
43Populaire$4,349-19%14-7$311$175,2567Weinstein Company
44When Comedy Went to School$4,074-63%6-6$679$202,45412International Film Circuit
45Zaytoun$3,889259%42$972$30,7435Strand Releasing
46Deep Sea 3D$3,857-40%1-1$3,857$45,908,186399Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Grandmaster$3,583-54%9-7$398$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
48Drinking Buddies$3,50887%136$270$333,4969Magnolia Pictures
49Good Ol' Freda$3,268-51%8-3$409$110,3367Magnolia Pictures
50God Loves Uganda$3,154-43%10$3,154$11,9302Variance Films
51The Patience Stone$2,814-27%8-12$352$136,16710Sony Pictures Classics
52Hannah Arendt$2,659--2--$1,330$707,19421Zeitgeist Films
53The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,53851%31$846$22,3504Rialto Pictures
54Blue Caprice$2,113-32%6-10$352$91,1266IFC Films
55Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$2,081-61%20$1,041$87,7834AMC Entertainment
56Let the Fire Burn$2,020--2--$1,010$18,6623Zeitgeist Films
57Bad Milo!$1,901-54%5-4$380$16,3943Magnolia / Magnet
58Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$1,880-56%10$1,880$8,3662First Run Features
59Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$1,712--1--$1,712$26,1686Icarus Films
60Free the Mind$1,422-13%2-1$711$142,00825International Film Circuit
61Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,343-16%10$1,343$37,8845Well Go USA
62I Used to Be Darker$1,335-13%31$445$16,9874Strand Releasing
63Birth of the Living Dead$1,239--6--$207$1,2391First Run Features
64Drug War$1,099--2--$550$127,69513Variance Films / Well Go USA
65On the Job$955-90%1-7$955$164,6204Well Go USA
66Prince Avalanche$879-36%73$126$195,19611Magnolia Pictures
67The Citizen$605-31%2-2$303$23,2727Monterey Media
68The Act of Killing$51717%2-2$259$445,09214Drafthouse Films
69Cassadaga$397-76%30$132$2,2412Archstone Distribution
70Shepard & Dark$379-69%1-1$379$7,7924Music Box Films
71Viola$316--1--$316$20,66915Cinema Guild
72Leviathan (2013)$235-69%10$235$76,20234Cinema Guild
73Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
74Touchy Feely$204-74%1-2$204$35,9667Magnolia Pictures
75Il Futuro$81--1--$81$9,7227Strand Releasing