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, Oct. 15 - Sun, Oct. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$50,353,641--3,081--$16,343$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$21,761,408--3,255--$6,686$21,761,4081Summit
3The Social Network$10,317,395-33%2,86897$3,597$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$9,318,886-27%3,0720$3,033$27,332,9412Disney
5Life As We Know It$8,955,409-38%3,1500$2,843$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,228,236-39%2,502-723$1,690$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$3,977,006-38%2,368-352$1,679$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$3,170,310-54%2,529-43$1,254$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$2,633,456-39%2,314-533$1,138$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,363,166-49%2,045-784$1,156$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$1,215,987-52%1,588-744$766$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$1,206,817-55%1,406-806$858$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$830,676-66%1,211-831$686$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$1,223,455-39%75715$1,616$4,005,1612Focus
2N-Secure$1,166,406--486--$2,400$1,166,4061Freestyle
3Devil$976,005-46%891-551$1,095$31,577,4705Universal
4Alpha and Omega$823,085-45%969-647$849$22,567,6215Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$742,72516%18279$4,081$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Toy Story 3$534,680-4%350-43$1,528$412,844,16818Disney
7Inception$348,326-29%297-106$1,173$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$347,264-72%438-574$793$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
9Despicable Me$345,280-1%332-21$1,040$247,050,99515Universal
10Nowhere Boy$340,851546%215211$1,585$412,2142Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$327,083-5%23265$1,410$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$275,9672%11844$2,339$1,266,3434Sony Pictures Classics
13I Want Your Money$249,428--537--$464$249,4281Freestyle
14Catfish$210,540-46%116-27$1,815$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
15The Expendables$190,37653%30681$622$102,981,57110Lionsgate
16Takers$185,202-52%215-197$861$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$178,14427%30388$588$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
18Mao's Last Dancer$151,571-17%116-5$1,307$3,993,9619Samuel Goldwyn
19Salt$148,124-37%200-66$741$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
20Buried$130,250-41%10311$1,265$765,0014Lionsgate
21The Other Guys$111,724-43%174-115$642$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22Nanny McPhee Returns$102,420-31%205-113$500$28,893,1859Universal
23Lottery Ticket$88,361-39%138-56$640$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
24Grown Ups$77,136-28%114-45$677$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
25The American$71,959-16%144-30$500$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stone$229,959204%4135$5,609$343,1002Relativity / Overture
2Hereafter$220,322--6--$36,720$220,3221Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$175,1954%611$2,872$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$102,351--11--$9,305$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Inside Job$85,595116%108$8,560$148,4312Sony Pictures Classics
6Get Low$54,995-36%96-47$573$8,905,33712Sony Pictures Classics
7The Sorcerer's Apprentice$49,800-27%77-32$647$63,099,28314Disney
8Anjaana Anjaani$46,618-60%910$512$827,3033Eros
9Machete$46,241-54%96-71$482$26,477,7667Fox
10Under the Sea 3D$46,121-9%16-2$2,883$24,479,52388Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Vampires Suck$42,599-59%87-103$490$36,588,5539Fox
12Howl$38,955-19%202$1,948$273,2114Oscilloscope
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$36,424-33%77-42$473$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
14Like Dandelion Dust$31,681--31--$1,022$312,3884Blue Collar Releasing
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$28,360-25%49-34$579$300,523,11316Summit
16Ramona and Beezus$27,374-44%54-52$507$26,091,42613Fox
17Jack Goes Boating$26,427-53%49-41$539$428,1345Relativity / Overture
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$25,384-35%44-12$577$7,524,96215Music Box
19The Switch (2010)$21,071-42%58-45$363$27,544,1329Miramax
20Carlos$20,006--2--$10,003$20,0061IFC
21Tamara Drewe$19,6346%109$1,963$49,8002Sony Pictures Classics
22What If...$19,398-6%20-12$970$650,1699Five & Two Pictures
23Heartbreaker$17,517-25%30-3$584$400,0256IFC
24I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17,211-46%11-1$1,565$66,0192Anchor Bay
25The Salvation Poem$17,151--5--$3,430$223,9751CanZion Films
26Enter the Void$17,072-20%2-7$8,536$173,8044IFC Films
27Avatar$15,782-9%10-4$1,578$760,339,00444Fox
28The Kids Are All Right$15,608-22%28-3$557$20,803,23715Focus
29Going the Distance (2010)$14,177-78%58-138$244$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
30The Tillman Story$12,386-29%17-7$729$690,6829Weinstein Company
31Piranha 3D$12,076-59%28-26$431$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
32Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$11,406--1--$11,406$14,2141Zeitgeist Films
332012: Time for Change$11,382--2--$5,691$54,0711Mangusta Productions
34Winter's Bone$11,077-50%34-18$326$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
35Freakonomics$10,64773%124$887$68,6603Magnolia
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,522-13%9-1$1,169$563,81811National Geographic
37Animal Kingdom$10,3166%19-7$543$934,84310Sony Pictures Classics
38Cairo Time$9,437-59%24-25$393$1,557,50911IFC
39I Am Love$9,088-28%10-4$909$4,958,83818Magnolia
40Step Up 3D$8,997-41%10-7$900$42,257,78711Disney
41Lovely, Still$8,924195%82$1,116$106,5596Monterey Media
42Last Train Home$8,642-57%6-6$1,440$173,2687Zeitgeist Films
43Kings of Pastry$7,793-38%82$974$115,0265First Run
44Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$7,34479%81$918$112,7816Lorber
45Mademoiselle Chambon$7,088-9%70$1,013$480,97421Lorber
46My Dog Tulip$7,083329%54$1,417$78,3047New Yorker Films
47Leaving$7,079-57%7-1$1,011$54,1063IFC
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,71333%20$3,357$23,332,747159National Geographic
49The Concert$5,674-32%9-1$630$641,42413Weinstein Company
50A Film Unfinished$5,090-18%40$1,273$243,4839Oscilloscope
51Fool for Love (2010)$5,078-51%5-1$1,016$158,2386Variance Films
52Budrus$4,928--2--$2,464$16,8352Balcony Releasing
53Jim$4,545-42%10$4,545$13,0152Area23a
54Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,498--5--$900$332,02821Rialto
55Exit Through the Gift Shop$4,199185%20$2,100$3,283,63327Producers Distribution Agency
56Cherry$3,939--3--$1,313$7,9112Abramorama
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,73637%60$623$241,5897Music Box
58A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,5822%176$211$164,6957Sony Pictures Classics
59Soul Kitchen$3,404-43%16-4$213$256,4549IFC
60The Extra Man$3,227104%71$461$450,27312Magnolia
61Restrepo$3,225--5--$645$1,312,44017National Geographic
62Down Terrace$3,088--2--$1,544$3,0881Magnolia
63Lebanon$2,996-42%14-9$214$345,57553Sony Pictures Classics
64Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,501-65%6-4$417$506,0138Music Box
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,203-57%20$1,102$38,9415Collective Eye
66GasLand$2,187701%21$1,094$30,8465International WOW
67I'm Still Here$2,001-58%4-7$500$403,2156Magnolia
68Hideaway (2009)$1,87178%54$374$28,2736Strand
69Please Give$1,514170%2524$61$4,033,26825Sony Pictures Classics
70Winnebago Man$1,502-22%2-3$751$178,17415Kino International
71The Girl on the Train$1,402--1--$1,402$207,32339Strand Releasing
72Micmacs$1,224-57%5-2$245$1,260,91721Sony Classics
73Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$1,007-60%6-2$168$1,724,88219Sony Pictures Classics
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$930-64%50$186$394,84117Sony Pictures Classics
75Carmo, Hit the Road$835--1--$835$8351First Run
76Agora$781-38%10$781$617,84021Newmarket
77The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$779-25%62$130$10,073,84631Music Box
78The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$701-3%1-1$701$6,390,01427Sony Pictures Classics
79Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$50,86218The Film Desk
80The Disappearance of Alice Creed$639-52%1-1$639$165,89311Anchor Bay
81Army of Crime$620--1--$620$29,6479Lorber
82The Sicilian Girl$532--1--$532$65,56711Music Box
83Enemies of the People$457--1--$457$21,71012International Film Circuit
84Everyone Else$340-13%10$340$100,51370Cinema Guild
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$277--1--$277$20,05414Flicker Alley
86Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$268-86%20$134$452,51524Kino International
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$26517%10$265$19,21910First Run Features
88Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$69,42020Indican Pictures
89Mother and Child$237-52%20$119$1,110,28624Sony Pictures Classics
90Around a Small Mountain$87-89%10$87$28,64015Cinema Guild
91Behind the Burly Q$36-97%10$36$23,85926First Run Features