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, Nov. 15 - Sun, Nov. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$36,586,016-57%3,8410$9,525$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$30,107,555--2,024--$14,875$30,107,5551Universal
3Last Vegas$8,439,544-24%3,237155$2,607$46,532,5273CBS Films
4Free Birds$8,106,151-27%3,510-226$2,309$42,024,3563Relativity Media
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,421,536-34%3,1903$2,327$89,953,1744Paramount
6Gravity$6,104,096-28%2,560-160$2,384$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
7Ender's Game$6,017,337-41%3,236-171$1,859$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
812 Years a Slave$4,604,706-31%1,411267$3,263$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$4,385,218-23%2,626-20$1,670$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$3,340,625-30%1,28080$2,610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,975,559-29%1,645-191$1,201$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$1,751,359174%184149$9,518$3,012,2953Focus
2Ram-Leela$1,449,174--204--$7,104$1,449,1741Eros International
3All Is Lost$916,761-19%48384$1,898$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
4Carrie (2013)$560,206-56%933-579$600$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Escape Plan$549,752-35%687-362$800$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$502,536-21%393-36$1,279$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me 2$417,850-12%305-5$1,370$365,943,52020Universal
8The Counselor$352,433-57%481-541$733$16,584,6844Fox
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$264,4816%10837$2,449$1,141,4664IFC Films
10Prisoners$241,65935%355130$681$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
11We're the Millers$219,343-19%303-55$724$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
12Planes$184,509-16%246-15$750$89,883,32815Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$153,469-8%215-1$714$67,924,68315Fox
14Krrish3$139,696-73%2080$672$2,123,3333Eros International
15Elysium$117,457-29%181-11$649$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$99,534-29%176-38$566$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
17Rush (2013)$94,975-23%131-33$725$26,903,7099Universal
18Insidious Chapter 2$94,686-33%167-62$567$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
19Monsters University$90,011-30%145-13$621$268,317,68122Disney
20Baggage Claim$58,139-41%108-27$538$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$420,532300%2925$14,501$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$140,401--4--$35,100$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3Kill Your Darlings$119,12143%7139$1,678$489,2145Sony Pictures Classics
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$118,370112%55-19$2,152$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
5The Saratov Approach$90,589-4%410$2,209$1,247,0786Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$76,537-14%85-1$900$203,9052Main Street Films
7The Christmas Candle$68,655--5--$13,731$68,6551EchoLight Studios
8Blue Jasmine$63,433-23%52-8$1,220$32,616,61317Sony Pictures Classics
9Don Jon$61,019-41%48-44$1,271$24,194,5418Relativity Media
10Diana$54,991-39%83-17$663$298,1333eOne Films US
11Grown Ups 2$54,665-36%91-20$601$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$47,853-10%88-6$544$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
13Muscle Shoals$44,32429%449$1,007$568,6128Magnolia Pictures
14Hubble 3D$43,684-2%12-2$3,640$41,268,854192Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Armstrong Lie$41,15642%1813$2,286$81,2862Sony Pictures Classics
16Turbo$38,508-27%53-9$727$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$37,357-18%65-12$575$132,481,84317Fox
18Wadjda$32,888-43%40-19$822$1,287,21010Sony Pictures Classics
19Instructions Not Included$31,102-15%47-5$662$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Pulling Strings$30,550-39%760$402$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Great Beauty$23,442--1--$23,442$23,4421Janus Films
22Runner Runner$23,278-42%76-43$306$19,285,2217Fox
23The Fifth Estate$16,26538%8057$203$3,240,5475Disney / DreamWorks
24Austenland$14,365-43%26-37$553$2,109,78114Sony Pictures Classics
25The Family (2013)$13,456-40%30-27$449$36,648,64510Relativity Media
26In a World...$12,7331%9-9$1,415$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
27Space Station 3D$12,109-47%4-1$3,027$89,385,109605IMAX
28Spinning Plates$11,606-10%60$1,934$76,4264The Film Arcade
29Inequality for All$11,438-52%20-17$572$1,147,1178RADiUS-TWC
30Grace Unplugged$11,364-41%29-8$392$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
31Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,32261%298$356$1,142,6106Relativity Media
32Faust$10,030--2--$5,015$13,1391Leisure Time Features
33The Heat$9,204-14%27-1$341$159,545,15721Fox
34Reaching for the Moon$9,161-37%20$4,581$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
35Short Term 12$8,930185%1510$595$981,96413Cinedigm
36To the Arctic 3D$8,905-3%9-3$989$13,647,39983Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$8,77521%42$2,194$31,9273Zeitgeist Films
38Charlie Countryman$7,973--15--$532$7,9731Millennium Entertainment
39Deep Sea 3D$7,921-17%2-1$3,961$45,966,654403Warner Bros. / IMAX
40How I Live Now$7,371-74%21-47$351$52,4712Magnolia Pictures
41Go for Sisters$7,35523%20$3,678$16,0302Variance Films
4220 Feet from Stardom$6,57427%73$939$4,763,86723RADiUS-TWC
43God Loves Uganda$5,594132%30$1,865$34,1506Variance Films
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5114%113$501$23,087,050137Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Ghosts in Our Machine$5,228-40%21$2,614$16,0452Ghosts Media Inc.
46Museum Hours$4,30229%1-1$4,302$543,83621Cinema Guild
47Running From Crazy$4,024-68%3-2$1,341$31,7613Vitagraph Films
48Under the Sea 3D$3,9281%94$436$33,668,016249Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The World's End$3,795-41%8-1$474$25,989,73313Focus
50Escape From Tomorrow$3,413238%2-1$1,707$169,7196Producers Distribution Agency
51The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,11044%30$1,037$56,6088Rialto Pictures
52The Way, Way Back$3,069-18%6-1$512$21,501,09820Fox Searchlight
53Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,802-14%2-1$1,401$28,4494Cinepix
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,708-2%20$1,354$36,43910Icarus Films
55The Act of Killing$2,31376%20$1,157$449,91818Drafthouse Films
56A Touch of Sin$2,06937%51$414$86,0877Kino Lorber
57When Comedy Went to School$2,032-57%2-1$1,016$223,59116International Film Circuit
58I Am Divine$1,870-79%2-5$935$37,0996The Film Collaborative
59Let the Fire Burn$1,733-52%3-2$578$46,9987Zeitgeist Films
60Fire in the Blood$1,512--2--$756$15,04811International Film Circuit
61The Patience Stone$1,5070%30$502$147,29314Sony Pictures Classics
62Good Ol' Freda$1,377-36%93$153$134,11511Magnolia Pictures
63The Spectacular Now$1,316-76%8-4$165$6,850,01316A24
64The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,293-80%41$323$56,29913Kino Lorber
65Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,217--1--$1,217$5,9703International Film Circuit
66Terms and Conditions May Apply$8929%1-1$892$53,02619Variance Films
67Rising From Ashes$862235%21$431$36,75416First Run Features
68Big Sur$826-78%1-4$826$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment
69Drinking Buddies$759-25%3-1$253$342,93613Magnolia Pictures
70Prince Avalanche$566-13%30$189$204,95115Magnolia Pictures
71Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$552-30%10$552$13,7106First Run Features
72Camille Claudel 1915$466-40%20$233$20,8255Kino Lorber
73Zaytoun$378--1--$378$42,2869Strand Releasing
74Il Futuro$280-78%1-2$280$13,98311Strand Releasing
75Mr. Nobody$88-81%1-1$88$2,9813Magnolia Pictures
76Best Man Down$60-95%1-1$60$1,8422Magnolia Pictures