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. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$12,035,720-43%2,867108$4,198$92,698,4703Universal
2Frozen (2013)$8,933,513-2%2,754-3$3,244$359,635,84211Disney
3That Awkward Moment$8,742,109--2,809--$3,112$8,742,1091Focus
4The Nut Job$7,278,450-40%3,4720$2,096$49,911,4453Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,096,330-45%3,285123$2,160$104,789,8866Universal
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,310,447-42%2,907-480$1,827$38,878,4173Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$5,175,282--2,584--$2,003$5,175,2821Paramount
8American Hustle$4,160,234-41%2,216-88$1,877$133,481,4138Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$3,754,423-56%2,7530$1,364$14,724,4932Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$3,400,780-38%1,607-197$2,116$103,927,5416Paramount
11August: Osage County$2,952,698-41%2,319-92$1,273$31,580,8446Weinstein Company
12Gravity$2,022,0280%1,132-128$1,786$263,989,37418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$1,442,164-29%1,172-59$1,231$45,850,55916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$1,363,086-33%1,052-58$1,296$22,542,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$1,069,136-49%1,075-585$995$81,042,1138Disney
16Devil's Due$1,034,167-63%1,290-1254$802$14,790,0353Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,235,102-42%933-352$1,324$254,264,9168Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$1,189,397-48%803-522$1,481$21,236,9137Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$1,142,673-26%875-93$1,306$13,659,57112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$965,107-10%56762$1,702$27,380,35311Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$940,092-39%822-229$1,144$421,408,63611Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$532,267-57%598-773$890$17,961,4074Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$348,294-43%410-130$849$56,887,1826Fox
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$329,505--105--$3,138$329,5051ShortsHD
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$319,676-61%420-404$761$124,411,1297Paramount
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$307,185-55%347-38$885$1,192,3312Roadside Attractions
11Inside Llewyn Davis$291,294-43%214-75$1,361$12,473,5339CBS Films
12Walking With Dinosaurs$222,345-8%323-7$688$34,969,5877Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$176,589-34%220-22$803$119,112,92419Sony / Columbia
14Jai Ho$176,214-79%1950$904$1,187,2662Eros International
15Captain Phillips$175,590-44%245-57$717$106,545,33817Sony / Columbia
16The Invisible Woman$156,462-40%136-17$1,150$860,2866Sony Pictures Classics
17The Book Thief$146,398-31%178-19$822$20,762,25213Fox
1847 Ronin$137,515-46%174-65$790$38,297,3056Universal
19Delivery Man$109,271201%173116$632$30,257,07811Disney / DreamWorks
20Thor: The Dark World$105,227-37%121-32$870$204,674,79013Disney
21Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$95,15991%16331$584$52,433,3968Lionsgate
22Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,064-73%150-377$534$32,286,4975Paramount
23Grudge Match$66,069-35%241-3$274$29,342,8086Warner Bros.
24Free Birds$59,969-37%135-36$444$55,520,08514Relativity Media
25Last Vegas$43,431-48%104-55$418$63,834,48514CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$169,285200%2926$5,837$247,6942Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$117,65897%8443$1,401$1,917,27817Purdie Distribution
3The Great Beauty$113,987-3%521$2,192$1,637,18912Janus Films
4The Past$109,3386%4916$2,231$674,4777Sony Pictures Classics
5Tim's Vermeer$49,777--4--$12,444$70,7541Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$48,091-15%120$4,008$288,11410IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
712 O'Clock Boys$44,108--21--$2,100$44,1081Oscilloscope
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$37,218-23%77-25$483$8,141,08510Weinstein Company
9Stranger By the Lake$36,56632%75$5,224$75,1652Strand Releasing
10At Middleton$33,768--20--$1,688$33,7681Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11Hubble 3D$27,878-32%172$1,640$42,334,106203Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Blue Jasmine$18,200-43%28-8$650$33,230,07328Sony Pictures Classics
13Like Father, Like Son (2014)$17,153-21%84$2,144$75,5483IFC Films
14Space Station 3D$16,719-19%30$5,573$89,970,849616IMAX
15All Is Lost$12,085-30%25-5$483$6,244,28516Roadside Attractions
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,812-67%52-49$227$116,624,13425Weinstein Company
17Out of the Furnace$7,919-63%36-38$220$11,326,8369Relativity Media
18Visitors$7,325-19%54$1,465$18,2492Cinedigm
19The Best Offer$7,006-54%10-5$701$56,4955IFC Films
20Peter Brook: The Tightrope$6,768--1--$6,768$10,3011First Run Features
21Knights of Badassdom$6,371-63%11-2$579$68,6802eOne Films US
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,84711%9-2$650$23,155,250148Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Blue Is the Warmest Color$5,622-30%6-1$937$2,172,79115IFC Films
24To the Arctic 3D$5,4305%112$494$13,787,50894Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Love Is in the Air$4,937--6--$823$4,9371Focus World
26The Jewish Cardinal$3,578--1--$3,578$20,9354Film Movement
27Generation War$3,486-60%40$872$30,9923Music Box Films
28American Mustang$2,916-37%21$1,458$16,4593Vitagraph / Just Media
29A Touch of Sin$2,873-15%3-2$958$151,93818Kino Lorber
30Under the Sea 3D$2,725-18%3-1$908$33,731,799260Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Wait$1,878--3--$626$2,1095Monterey Media
32Fire in the Blood$1,3672341%21$684$23,87322International Film Circuit
33The Armstrong Lie$1,309-75%1-3$1,309$377,47913Sony Pictures Classics
3420 Feet from Stardom$1,060-51%3-1$353$4,837,14234RADiUS-TWC
35Big Bad Wolves$1,055-73%70$151$20,4113Magnolia / Magnet
36Cutie and the Boxer$1,015217%2-1$508$192,04725RADiUS-TWC
37Run & Jump$1,000-75%1-1$1,000$6,5692IFC Films
38Muscle Shoals$9731%5-1$195$687,69419Magnolia Pictures
39The Act of Killing$97169%32$324$473,45729Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$858-74%2-5$429$1,021,38116Sony Pictures Classics
41Maidentrip$723-90%1-3$723$33,0677First Run Features
42Sweet Dreams (2013)$717--2--$359$31,00014International Film Circuit
43Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$499-65%10$499$2,3462First Run Features
44Short Term 12$31316%2-1$157$1,009,68524Cinedigm
45Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$155--1--$155$7,80117The Film Desk
46Inequality for All$124-96%2-7$62$1,201,91219RADiUS-TWC
47People of a Feather$92--1--$92$5,65113First Run Features
48The Rocket (2013)$75-95%1-4$75$18,8044Kino Lorber