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 tenth 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, Oct. 1 - Sun, Oct. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$22,445,653--2,771--$8,100$22,445,6531Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10,887,429-32%3,5750$3,045$30,079,2982Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10,002,578-47%3,59732$2,781$35,778,4292Fox
4The Town$9,749,332-38%2,93550$3,322$64,056,7523Warner Bros.
5Easy A$6,748,777-36%2,974118$2,269$42,176,9673Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$5,722,566-32%2,5480$2,246$16,607,6332Disney
7Case 39$5,350,570--2,211--$2,420$5,350,5701Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$5,147,479--2,021--$2,547$5,147,4791Relativity / Overture
9Devil$3,564,055-46%2,392-419$1,490$27,291,4603Universal
10Alpha and Omega$2,924,868-38%2,303-322$1,270$18,949,4373Lionsgate
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,784,775-44%1,907-735$1,460$56,615,1004Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Endhiran$2,166,178--139--$15,584$2,166,1781Ficus
2Inception$904,208-27%625-282$1,447$288,405,37612Warner Bros.
3Takers$784,529-52%773-640$1,015$56,161,3476Sony / Screen Gems
4Catfish$590,17730%13679$4,340$1,621,3493Universal / Rogue
5Despicable Me$439,850-25%463-147$950$246,091,77013Universal
6The Other Guys$439,411-56%566-481$776$117,697,1209Sony / Columbia
7Eat Pray Love$319,970-55%398-457$804$79,710,0838Sony / Columbia
8Salt$288,116101%288102$1,000$117,562,73311Sony / Columbia
9Mao's Last Dancer$263,534-4%13715$1,924$3,420,3677Samuel Goldwyn
10Lottery Ticket$241,265-21%302-68$799$24,245,4057Warner Bros.
11The Expendables$231,662-59%410-442$565$102,516,7208Lionsgate
12Toy Story 3$229,502-27%235-67$977$411,412,42716Disney
13Nanny McPhee Returns$218,855-44%481-284$455$28,520,9607Universal
14Machete$213,721-67%314-368$681$26,205,1405Fox
15The American$210,428-77%374-941$563$35,202,4715Focus
16Get Low$180,798-43%271-83$667$8,630,58610Sony Pictures Classics
17Dinner for Schmucks$165,760-36%261-62$635$72,810,23410Paramount / DreamWorks
18Grown Ups$162,326-31%230-35$706$161,645,86115Sony / Columbia
19Vampires Suck$146,818-31%261-154$563$36,365,3617Fox
20Chain Letter$138,788--406--$342$138,7881New Films International
21The Last Exorcism$124,000-64%307-400$404$40,990,0556Lionsgate
22Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$120,278-39%188-79$640$43,432,94510Warner Bros.
23The Sorcerer's Apprentice$116,727-36%170-57$687$62,910,31912Disney
24The Switch (2010)$98,190-67%242-269$406$27,422,3577Miramax
25Ramona and Beezus$81,331-27%161-30$505$25,972,32911Fox
26The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$69,272-44%141-83$491$300,412,21614Summit
27Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$69,015-56%120-113$575$31,494,2708Universal
28The Virginity Hit$48,623-84%434-266$112$535,2494Sony / Columbia
29Going the Distance (2010)$39,284-84%121-354$325$17,666,4235Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anjaana Anjaani$517,608--91--$5,688$517,6081Eros
2Waiting for 'Superman'$408,873194%3430$12,026$601,6072Paramount Vantage
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$215,13134%2923$7,418$501,6162Sony Pictures Classics
4Never Let Me Go$186,554-23%4317$4,338$723,8733Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$124,087-22%58-3$2,139$16,160,40429Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Jack Goes Boating$99,62026%7942$1,261$271,2013Relativity / Overture
7Buried$97,364-3%3322$2,950$236,4472Lionsgate
8Like Dandelion Dust$77,325-1%5328$1,459$171,8082Blue Collar Releasing
9Piranha 3D$65,84587%9529$693$24,899,7757Weinstein Company
10Heartbreaker$54,919-41%432$1,277$325,7104IFC
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$54,559-36%78-33$699$7,408,46913Music Box
12Howl$53,5345%1711$3,149$125,2812Oscilloscope
13Hatchet II$52,604--68--$774$52,6041Vitagraph
14Winter's Bone$44,851-21%72-7$623$6,122,29117Roadside Attractions
15Cairo Time$44,507-43%71-5$627$1,492,8089IFC
16The Kids Are All Right$43,714-48%64-43$683$20,731,80213Focus
17Freakonomics$31,893--20--$1,595$31,8931Magnolia
18Under the Sea 3D$29,152-20%180$1,620$24,335,25786Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Enter the Void$25,144-42%63$4,191$96,5802IFC Films
20What If...$24,854-19%26-9$956$596,2287Five & Two Pictures
21The Tillman Story$24,338-40%270$901$633,3777Weinstein Company
22Avatar$22,738-33%19-10$1,197$760,277,66542Fox
23A Film Unfinished$21,777-23%160$1,361$212,7047Oscilloscope
24Step Up 3D$21,382-68%26-34$822$42,218,0919Disney
25Predators$20,998-8%4610$456$51,982,03813Fox
26The Concert$20,522-13%213$977$612,36511Weinstein Company
27I Am Love$17,808-32%18-7$989$4,918,23816Magnolia
28Mademoiselle Chambon$16,749-19%153$1,117$450,80919Lorber
29Last Train Home$16,379-19%90$1,820$126,5185Zeitgeist Films
30Fool for Love (2010)$16,368-10%81$2,046$134,4014Variance Films
31Flipped$15,517-79%35-71$443$1,739,1409Warner Bros.
32Kings of Pastry$14,790-25%51$2,958$75,3323First Run
33Animal Kingdom$14,117-50%32-13$441$899,4558Sony Pictures Classics
34Soul Kitchen$13,81831%239$601$237,2367IFC
35Leaving$12,697--2--$6,349$12,6971IFC
36Lovely, Still$12,219-42%11-6$1,111$89,1274Monterey Media
37The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$11,534-16%14-1$824$527,5979National Geographic
38I'm Still Here$11,508-64%19-20$606$386,5754Magnolia
39Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$11,407-43%80$1,426$91,2474Lorber
40Knight and Day$10,287-60%17-28$605$76,418,65415Fox
41A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$9,160-41%191$482$150,1845Sony Pictures Classics
42Lebanon$8,915-34%215$425$330,34251Sony Pictures Classics
43Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$7,91634%73$1,131$430,40122Kino International
44Leaves of Grass$7,750-48%60$1,292$56,7563First Look
45Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$6,842-47%140$489$1,714,12817Sony Pictures Classics
46Restrepo$6,017-39%13-11$463$1,295,36915National Geographic
47The Extra Man$5,388-44%9-5$599$440,42710Magnolia
48Bran Nue Dae$5,255-82%13-42$404$110,0294Freestyle Releasing
49Mesrine: Killer Instinct$4,440-41%7-3$634$489,5936Music Box
50Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,32139%20$2,161$23,311,750157National Geographic
51The Sicilian Girl$3,659-35%2-4$1,830$63,1179Music Box
52My Dog Tulip$3,570-52%2-1$1,785$67,2825New Yorker Films
53Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,421-49%2-2$1,711$3,270,17525Producers Distribution Agency
54GasLand$3,231-42%1-1$3,231$26,5083International WOW
55Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,206-42%70$458$230,0795Music Box
56The Freebie$3,015--1--$3,015$8,3003Phase 4 Films
57Cyrus$2,989-63%6-8$498$7,445,63016Fox Searchlight
58Douchebag$2,966--1--$2,966$2,9661Paladin
59Agora$2,95157%20$1,476$611,74719Newmarket
60The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,57596%31$858$161,3919Anchor Bay
61The Nature of Existence$2,542--1--$2,542$52,79916Walking Shadows
62The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$2,497-41%6-3$416$6,387,37225Sony Pictures Classics
63Micmacs$2,306-43%9-4$256$1,248,46219Sony Classics
64Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$2,26448%32$755$28,2004Lorber
65To the Sea$1,896--1--$1,896$41,06012Film Movement
66Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,722-61%5-5$344$388,88215Sony Pictures Classics
67Countdown to Zero$1,6956%6-2$283$271,32311Magnolia
68Winnebago Man$1,334-75%5-2$267$171,86013Kino International
69Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,298-64%1-4$1,298$319,02919Rialto
70The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,295-63%1-1$1,295$120,30826International Film Circuit
71Ahead of Time$1,113-70%30$371$33,0244Vitagraph
72Please Give$958296%85$120$4,030,50423Sony Pictures Classics
73John Rabe$807-57%10$807$66,38720Strand
74Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$801-87%43$200$23,6893Collective Eye
75Solitary Man$611-72%1-5$611$4,360,54820Anchor Bay
76The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$544-82%4-6$136$10,068,26929Music Box
77Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$53654%10$536$18,7278First Run Features
78Army of Crime$532--1--$532$28,6227Lorber
79Altiplano$515171%10$515$2,7547First Run
80The Girl (2009)$486--1--$486$1,6843
81Enemies of the People$432-89%1-4$432$19,27510International Film Circuit
82The Temptation of St. Tony$421--1--$421$1,7273Olive Films
83Stonewall Uprising$383-57%1-1$383$123,15116First Run Features
84Mother and Child$337-66%1-1$337$1,108,93822Sony Pictures Classics
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$333-83%10$333$19,47612Flicker Alley
86Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$264-42%10$264$68,74818Indican Pictures
87Hideaway (2009)$238-64%0-2--$24,5924Strand
88Orlando (2010 re-issue)$16599%21$83$57,30511Sony Pictures Classics
89Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$110-52%10$110$56,76115Kino International
90A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$84-90%1-1$84$1,4902First Run
91Two in the Wave$50--1--$50$28,80820Lorber Films