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, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$21,299,495-49%2,75996$7,720$75,544,8052Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,900,960-42%3,162173$4,080$93,914,9215Universal
3The Nut Job$12,101,118-38%3,47245$3,485$40,056,3632Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,118,806-23%2,757-222$3,308$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$9,084,687-41%3,3870$2,682$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,610,441--2,753--$3,128$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,061,676-28%2,304100$3,065$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$5,478,368-23%1,804-126$3,037$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$5,029,030-32%2,411360$2,086$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$2,786,341-66%2,5440$1,095$12,922,3042Fox
11Her (2013)$2,289,318-43%1,325-404$1,728$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,147,414-42%1,285-530$1,671$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,080,948-47%1,660-789$1,254$79,158,3107Disney
1412 Years a Slave$2,031,31632%1,231470$1,650$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
15Dallas Buyers Club$2,028,570116%1,110691$1,828$20,357,27713Focus
16Gravity$2,025,4938%1,260316$1,608$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,539,949-37%1,051-277$1,465$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,232,828-64%1,371-733$899$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$1,552,42676%968560$1,604$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,075,904-15%5050$2,131$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Jai Ho$840,506--195--$4,310$840,5061Eros International
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$817,473-62%824-907$992$123,803,3396Paramount
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$689,070--385--$1,790$689,0701Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$607,947-53%540-497$1,126$56,342,6805Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$506,643-50%289-296$1,753$11,995,9908CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$312,133-40%302-601$1,034$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
9Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$301,127-78%527-1042$571$32,098,4954Paramount
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$268,275-8%242-14$1,109$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
11The Invisible Woman$260,446199%153127$1,702$584,8645Sony Pictures Classics
1247 Ronin$253,340-44%239-104$1,060$38,055,8405Universal
13Walking With Dinosaurs$241,759-24%330-124$733$34,691,5636Fox
14The Book Thief$210,652-7%1977$1,069$20,513,76212Fox
15Thor: The Dark World$167,296-13%153-32$1,093$204,509,24312Disney
16Grudge Match$101,645-34%244-164$417$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
17Free Birds$94,456-21%171-28$552$55,435,49013Relativity Media
18Last Vegas$84,235-33%159-35$530$63,749,94213CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$49,856-71%132-259$378$52,327,4367Lionsgate
20Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$48,419-40%102-20$475$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
21Lee Daniels' The Butler$35,975-44%101-18$356$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$118,091-14%51-3$2,316$1,466,92211Janus Films
2The Past$103,2976%333$3,130$526,0786Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$59,607193%4119$1,454$1,745,29116Purdie Distribution
4Gloria (2014)$56,454--3--$18,818$56,4541Roadside Attractions
5Journey to the South Pacific$56,433423%128$4,703$218,5699IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Hubble 3D$40,761-15%150$2,717$42,273,447202Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delivery Man$36,262-31%57-22$636$30,131,21610Disney / DreamWorks
8Blue Jasmine$32,109-29%368$892$33,201,54527Sony Pictures Classics
9Stranger By the Lake$27,599--2--$13,800$27,5991Strand Releasing
10Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,72035%42$5,430$47,6282IFC Films
11Out of the Furnace$21,288-49%74-23$288$11,308,9018Relativity Media
12Space Station 3D$20,62618%30$6,875$89,929,709615IMAX
13Knights of Badassdom$17,449--13--$1,342$46,7631eOne Films US
14All Is Lost$17,169-57%30-32$572$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
15The Best Offer$15,07817%159$1,005$40,6584IFC Films
16Visitors$9,094--1--$9,094$9,0941Cinedigm
17Generation War$8,70218%43$2,176$23,4782Music Box Films
18Blue Is the Warmest Color$8,008-47%7-5$1,144$2,162,24314IFC Films
19Maidentrip$7,178-21%43$1,795$26,2386First Run Features
20The Armstrong Lie$5,32353%4-5$1,331$374,56112Sony Pictures Classics
21The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,322--4--$1,331$66,23613Zeitgeist Films
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,28187%114$480$23,144,355147Warner Bros. / IMAX
23To the Arctic 3D$5,174-17%91$575$13,774,85793Warner Bros. / IMAX
24American Mustang$4,649-41%10$4,649$13,3172Vitagraph / Just Media
25If You Build It$4,565--1--$4,565$11,0793Long Shot Factory
26Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,494-48%16-8$281$68,558,66225Fox
27Run & Jump$3,944--2--$1,972$3,9441IFC Films
28Big Bad Wolves$3,925-38%71$561$16,2062Magnolia / Magnet
29Inequality for All$3,399--9--$378$1,198,60918RADiUS-TWC
30A Touch of Sin$3,36511%5-2$673$146,26417Kino Lorber
31Under the Sea 3D$3,327-36%40$832$33,728,627259Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Kill Your Darlings$3,311-31%7-5$473$1,019,90515Sony Pictures Classics
33Bettie Page Reveals All$3,118-1%61$520$102,37810Music Box Films
34Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys$2,842--1--$2,842$2,8421Argot Pictures
3520 Feet from Stardom$2,178--4--$545$4,834,82333RADiUS-TWC
36Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$1,415--1--$1,415$1,4151First Run Features
37The Rocket (2013)$1,387-63%50$277$18,0553Kino Lorber
38Museum Hours$1,214--1--$1,214$555,57531Cinema Guild
39Muscle Shoals$966-59%6-5$161$684,90618Magnolia Pictures
40In Bloom$879-83%20$440$23,7493Big World Pictures
41When Comedy Went to School$857--1--$857$238,92926International Film Circuit
42The Act of Killing$575-39%1-1$575$469,21428Drafthouse Films
43More Than Honey$430-69%10$430$78,14133Kino Lorber
44Interior. Leather Bar.$400--1--$400$10,9264Strand Releasing
45Cutie and the Boxer$320--3--$107$190,95024RADiUS-TWC
46Personal Tailor$283-74%10$283$375,7866China Lion Film
47Short Term 12$269--3--$90$1,009,25323Cinedigm
48Wadjda$252-90%4-4$63$1,423,24520Sony Pictures Classics
49Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$131--1--$131$17,3219Cinema Guild
50Computer Chess$13033%10$130$102,04128Kino Lorber
51Fire in the Blood$56-98%1-2$56$22,50621International Film Circuit
52Camille Claudel 1915$45--1--$45$31,70815Kino Lorber