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, Jun. 4 - Sun, Jun. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$25,486,465-41%4,38619$5,811$183,229,4533Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$17,571,000--2,697--$6,515$17,571,0001Universal
3Killers$15,837,266--2,859--$5,539$15,837,2661Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$14,019,131-53%3,6460$3,845$59,621,7212Disney
5Sex and the City 2$12,344,000-60%3,4450$3,583$73,128,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
6Marmaduke$11,599,661--3,213--$3,610$11,599,6611Fox
7Iron Man 2$7,918,708-52%3,007-797$2,633$291,429,8705Paramount
8Splice$7,385,000--2,450--$3,014$7,385,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$5,366,000-48%2,599-774$2,065$94,496,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$3,036,367-48%1,962-863$1,548$43,337,8364Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Raajneeti$850,000--111--$7,658$850,0001UTV Communications
2Date Night$775,810-57%658-468$1,179$95,334,4529Fox
3Just Wright$767,818-64%518-677$1,482$20,193,7784Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$488,283-58%343-482$1,424$213,883,14311Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$397,705-13%1605$2,486$3,992,3198Sony Pictures Classics
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$313,774-17%152-12$2,064$7,382,56112Music Box
7City Island$308,840-25%177-24$1,745$5,272,44412Anchor Bay
8Alice in Wonderland (2010)$300,515-49%277-64$1,085$333,627,87814Disney
9Babies$252,958-47%181-120$1,398$6,529,1795Focus
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$212,000-77%294-597$721$62,412,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$208,515-17%244-39$855$63,067,07912Fox
12The Bounty Hunter$201,928-27%249-38$811$65,958,84612Sony / Columbia
13The Losers$131,00027%206123$636$23,398,0007Warner Bros.
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$122,000-45%134-91$910$161,562,00010Warner Bros.
15Hot Tub Time Machine$121,000-46%203-161$596$50,214,00011MGM
16The Last Song$99,096-53%119-95$833$62,139,15210Disney
17MacGruber$99,000-94%177-2369$559$8,461,0003Universal / Rogue
18The Back-up Plan$95,610-67%153-238$625$36,793,6587CBS Films
19The Ghost Writer$90,28424%14789$614$15,441,07616Summit
20Furry Vengeance$81,989-54%125-122$656$16,612,7926Summit
21Shutter Island$77,735-54%152-49$511$127,968,40516Paramount
22Death at a Funeral (2010)$75,708-65%102-145$742$42,092,5148Sony / Screen Gems
23Kick-Ass$73,155-52%117-46$625$47,641,5618Lionsgate
24Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$49,076-56%105-72$467$60,072,59610Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Please Give$264,56732%8737$3,041$1,707,1506Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$229,000-30%47-1$4,872$7,561,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Solitary Man$174,453107%2216$7,930$439,8893Anchor Bay
4Micmacs$142,622234%3531$4,075$210,8622Sony Classics
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$135,575-23%43-3$3,153$2,155,1538Producers Distribution Agency
6Mother and Child$123,804124%5118$2,428$477,3615Sony Pictures Classics
7Harry Brown$88,258-33%50-4$1,765$1,195,9076Samuel Goldwyn
8Avatar$76,692-36%46-38$1,667$749,202,09025Fox
9Oceans$54,885-57%95-83$578$19,015,6637Disneynature
10Kites$47,722-82%58-118$823$1,602,4663Reliance Big Cinema
11Princess Kaiulani$43,717-51%25-13$1,749$708,2324Roadside Attractions
12Agora$41,32624%42$10,332$95,3902Newmarket
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$41,019-33%81-27$506$88,665,12017Fox
14Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$35,024--6--$5,837$177,3495Kino International
15Under the Sea 3D$33,000-30%17-1$1,941$22,301,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Holy Rollers$30,075-46%16-4$1,880$177,20119First Independent Pictures
17The Father of My Children$27,574-12%61$4,596$94,4313IFC Films
18Ondine$27,497--5--$5,499$27,49714Magnolia
19Mademoiselle Chambon$26,33757%42$6,584$59,8762Lorber
20Breathless (2010 re-issue)$22,000-32%3-1$7,333$77,0002Rialto
21The City of Your Final Destination$22,000-4%151$1,467$321,0008Screen Media Films
22The Secret of Kells$20,968-18%24-1$874$570,48714GKIDS
23The Tooth Fairy$17,070-44%46-30$371$59,995,00520Fox
24The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$16,11536%173$948$157,6256IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,710-31%8-4$1,839$477,07012Zeitgeist
26Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$14,000--2--$7,000$14,0001Indican Pictures
27The Square (2010)$13,130-22%172$772$306,9789Apparition
28Our Family Wedding$11,000-54%18-34$611$20,236,00013Fox Searchlight
29John Rabe$9,314117%40$2,329$23,8213Strand
30Madeo (Mother)$7,840-25%11-1$713$537,72954Magnolia
31BoyBand$7,600--1--$7,600$7,6001Artigo Ajemian Films
32Survival of the Dead$7,387-83%13-7$568$77,7292Magnolia / Magnet
33The Good, the Bad, the Weird$7,189-24%9-4$799$111,7889IFC
34Vincere$7,109-5%11-1$646$604,03312IFC
35Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,668-68%14-7$476$151,0505Magnolia
36Cropsey$6,305--1--$6,305$6,3051Cinema Purgatorio
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,943-17%5-1$1,189$23,209,063140National Geographic
38Ajami$5,900--10--$590$594,08538Kino International
39Sweetgrass$5,830103%41$1,458$172,13237Cinema Guild
40The Little Traitor$5,299-37%40$1,325$333,57426Westchester Films
41Double Take (2010)$4,650--1--$4,650$6,6481Kino International
42The Last Station$4,5301248%41$1,133$6,612,06821Sony Pictures Classics
43The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,371-63%10$4,371$62,1929International Film Circuit
44Best Worst Movie$4,350-16%20$2,175$47,0257Area23a
45No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,96329%6-1$661$74,6838IFC
46Chloe$3,684-53%10-8$368$3,025,36711Sony Pictures Classics
47Everyone Else$3,112--3--$1,037$58,65151Cinema Guild
48A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$3,009-60%4-10$752$2,070,92615Sony Classics
49The Eclipse$2,876-32%72$411$123,58211Magnolia
50Deadfall Trail$2,480-61%50$496$35,8554Nocturnal Features
51U2 3D$2,325496%10$2,325$10,331,984124National Geographic
52When You're Strange$2,166--2--$1,083$234,1799Abramorama
53Looking for Eric$2,091-70%7-1$299$38,1414IFC
54180┬░ South$2,007-64%40$502$29,0843Magnolia
55October Country$1,986267%43$497$24,85417International Film Circuit
56Letters to God$1,903-49%9-5$211$2,842,8909Vivendi
57The Joneses$1,766-44%7-1$252$1,438,5938Roadside Attractions
58Two in the Wave$1,680--1--$1,680$24,3123Lorber Films
59After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,387-8%20$694$7,1443Variance Films
60Terribly Happy$1,154-28%2-1$577$170,05918Oscilloscope
61OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,148-71%1-2$1,148$52,16960Music Box
62Spring Fever$854--1--$854$8541Strand
6335 Shots of Rum$801--1--$801$177,51138Cinema Guild
64The Living Wake$495--1--$495$10,8294Mangusta Productions
65Dream Boy$220--1--$220$6,04111Regent
66Just Say Love$93--1--$93$3,89811Regent
67Manuela and Manuel$83--1--$83$1,55711Regent