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. 11 - Sun, Jun. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid (2010)$55,665,805--3,663--$15,197$55,665,8051Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$25,669,455--3,535--$7,262$25,669,4551Fox
3Shrek Forever After$15,770,491-38%3,868-518$4,077$210,022,5574Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$9,942,000-43%2,7025$3,679$36,401,0002Universal
5Killers$8,008,007-49%2,8590$2,801$30,261,6242Lionsgate
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$6,486,150-54%3,108-538$2,087$72,228,3023Disney
7Marmaduke$6,006,704-48%3,2130$1,870$22,285,5402Fox
8Sex and the City 2$5,438,000-56%2,750-695$1,977$84,659,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man 2$4,521,206-43%2,305-702$1,961$299,282,3906Paramount
10Splice$2,942,000-60%2,4500$1,201$13,154,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$2,615,000-51%1,895-704$1,380$99,464,0005Universal
12Letters to Juliet$1,693,941-44%1,331-631$1,273$46,754,2425Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$601,291-22%430-228$1,398$96,266,71810Fox
2The Bounty Hunter$351,71674%236-13$1,490$66,418,93113Sony / Columbia
3The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$347,925-13%1622$2,148$4,506,6559Sony Pictures Classics
4How to Train Your Dragon$330,459-32%281-62$1,176$214,426,38112Paramount / DreamWorks
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$329,000170%333199$988$161,958,00011Warner Bros.
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$323,9153%17422$1,862$7,871,85213Music Box
7Just Wright$320,441-58%279-239$1,149$20,795,5715Fox Searchlight
8Please Give$285,2418%10316$2,769$2,088,0427Sony Pictures Classics
9Raajneeti$268,000-68%12413$2,161$1,287,0002UTV Communications
10City Island$262,771-15%159-18$1,653$5,655,54213Anchor Bay
11Furry Vengeance$175,180114%268143$654$16,821,9637Summit
12Babies$169,707-33%146-35$1,162$6,854,0166Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid$155,409-25%202-42$769$63,364,89613Fox
14The Last Song$152,67354%21091$727$62,342,31911Disney
15Alice in Wonderland (2010)$142,144-53%223-54$637$333,920,16515Disney
16Kick-Ass$108,35248%17861$609$47,790,7599Lionsgate
17The Back-up Plan$79,736-17%112-41$712$36,917,5098CBS Films
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$73,000-66%125-169$584$62,578,0007Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Losers$55,000-58%127-79$433$23,528,0008Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solitary Man$369,703112%5331$6,976$871,0814Anchor Bay
2Hubble 3D$239,0004%481$4,979$8,092,00013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$164,351--7--$23,479$164,3511IFC
4Harry Brown$124,06741%6717$1,852$1,362,8667Samuel Goldwyn
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$115,151-15%430$2,678$2,365,2489Producers Distribution Agency
6Micmacs$111,188-22%4611$2,417$415,1713Sony Classics
7Winter's Bone$84,887--4--$21,222$84,8871Roadside Attractions
8Mother and Child$83,160-33%532$1,569$573,9926Sony Pictures Classics
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$68,018-10%66-36$1,031$42,192,7479Sony / Screen Gems
10Avatar$64,767-16%26-20$2,491$749,316,79926Fox
11Ondine$49,81681%149$3,558$87,36315Magnolia
12Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$44,454--3--$14,818$149,2101Sony Pictures Classics
13Oceans$39,160-29%72-23$544$19,095,9828Disneynature
14The Ghost Writer$39,102-57%63-84$621$15,523,16817Summit
15Under the Sea 3D$37,00012%15-2$2,467$22,399,00070Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Princess Kaiulani$34,897-20%261$1,342$771,4995Roadside Attractions
17La Mission$31,000--14--$2,214$942,00010Screen Media
18Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$27,019-34%43-38$628$88,718,74818Fox
19The City of Your Final Destination$26,00018%194$1,368$356,0009Screen Media Films
20Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$25,56674%157$1,704$509,11813Zeitgeist
21Agora$24,652-40%51$4,930$137,7353Newmarket
22Holy Rollers$24,651-18%14-2$1,761$215,12920First Independent Pictures
23Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$23,160-34%82$2,895$226,2976Kino International
24Mademoiselle Chambon$20,908-21%51$4,182$93,6943Lorber
25The Secret of Kells$17,140-18%20-4$857$599,12515GKIDS
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$17,000-23%41$4,250$112,0003Rialto
27The Lottery$16,435--1--$16,435$16,4351Variance Films
28The Father of My Children$15,795-43%71$2,256$123,7444IFC Films
29The Square (2010)$13,4572%170$792$326,61510Apparition
30Kings of the Evening$11,156--4--$2,789$23,36618Indican Pictures
31Only the Brave (2010)$9,844--4--$2,461$100,3693Indican Pictures
32Chloe$9,410155%3424$277$3,037,54112Sony Pictures Classics
33OSS 117: Lost in Rio$8,396631%65$1,399$61,06561Music Box
34Vincere$7,91911%7-4$1,131$615,27813IFC
35Magnificent Desolation$6,900--3--$2,300$33,076,000247IMAX
36Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,6470%9-5$739$162,0636Magnolia
37Sweetgrass$6,60413%62$1,101$180,82338Cinema Guild
38Looking for Eric$6,346203%114$577$45,1595IFC
39The Little Traitor$6,27018%2-2$3,135$342,12227Westchester Films
40The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$6,239-61%10-7$624$170,2147IFC
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,0702%50$1,214$23,219,303141National Geographic
42Madeo (Mother)$6,006-23%110$546$547,29255Magnolia
43Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,206-63%20$2,603$23,3662Indican Pictures
44John Rabe$5,175-44%62$863$31,5514Strand
45Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema$4,978--4--$1,245$4,9581Anchor Bay
46Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger$4,850--6--$808$13,5514Monterey
47Best Worst Movie$4,84111%20$2,421$51,8668Area23a
48The Tooth Fairy$4,600-73%13-33$354$60,013,00021Fox
49Our Family Wedding$4,600-58%8-10$575$20,247,00014Fox Searchlight
50Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$4,597--3--$1,532$52,45060Zeitgeist
51Everyone Else$4,59448%52$919$64,02752Cinema Guild
52The Eclipse$4,23547%92$471$128,93712Magnolia
53Double Take (2010)$4,176-10%10$4,176$15,1202Kino International
54Finding Bliss$4,100--1--$4,100$6,8002Phase4 Films
55The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,058-7%10$4,058$72,56210International Film Circuit
56The Joneses$3,46596%81$433$1,442,5709Roadside Attractions
57The Oath$3,233--2--$1,617$23,3706Zeitgeist
58When You're Strange$2,80129%20$1,401$238,63210Abramorama
59A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$2,789-7%40$697$2,076,96316Sony Classics
60Ajami$2,089-65%5-5$418$599,06539Kino International
61The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,055-71%4-5$514$117,89710IFC
62No One Knows About Persian Cats$1,796-55%82$225$79,8489IFC
63Whiz Kids$1,721--3--$574$3,6892Shadow Distribution
64After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,63318%31$544$10,0034Variance Films
65Valley of the Heart's Delight$1,632--1--$1,632$118,666138Indican Pictures
66The Last Station$1,406-69%2-2$703$6,615,57822Sony Pictures Classics
67Survival of the Dead$1,174-84%4-9$294$84,0573Magnolia / Magnet
68Departures$1,026--1--$1,026$1,542,50355Regent Releasing
69The Girl on the Train$941--2--$471$203,23521Strand Releasing
70Space Station 3D$800--3--$267$81,955,000426IMAX
71North Face (Nordwand)$754--2--$377$710,99320Music Box Films
72Tru Loved$275--1--$275$9,46787Regent Releasing