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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$24,230,123--2,808--$8,629$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$16,508,107-59%3,23923$5,097$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$10,729,636-29%3,34976$3,204$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$8,504,163-60%3,13928$2,709$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$6,422,327-47%2,424243$2,649$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$5,005,657-29%3,1080$1,611$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$4,515,105-38%2,767-154$1,632$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$4,055,473-34%2,860-159$1,418$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$1,975,260-28%1,608-310$1,228$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,758,321-46%2,010-226$875$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$1,067,248-39%1,262-370$846$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,831,111504%565510$3,241$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$783,868-37%933-322$840$51,219,7336Fox
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$723,301--123--$5,880$723,3011Music Box
4Devil$523,895-18%635-7$825$33,099,5607Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$515,283-33%33040$1,561$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$444,453-34%477-83$932$5,787,0944Focus
7You Again$425,135-35%673-228$632$24,697,8106Disney
8Alpha and Omega$420,958-42%676-51$623$24,087,3987Lionsgate
9Inception$362,531-28%401-51$904$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
10You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$343,195-21%330-72$1,040$2,360,1956Sony Pictures Classics
11Toy Story 3$305,636-35%337-13$907$413,913,14520Disney
12N-Secure$292,829-47%367-78$798$2,399,1483Freestyle
13My Soul to Take$288,675-73%713-976$405$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
14Despicable Me$268,010-28%33511$800$247,877,10517Universal
15Stone$246,694-32%12512$1,974$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
16The Other Guys$179,388-26%302-1$594$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
17Case 39$177,169-57%406-315$436$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
18Let Me In$166,632-36%378-135$441$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
19Nowhere Boy$131,208-39%153-62$858$988,5334Weinstein Company
20Mao's Last Dancer$117,235-7%1020$1,149$4,385,59511Samuel Goldwyn
21Catfish$97,910-41%137-2$715$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
22Never Let Me Go$91,723-52%126-52$728$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
23Takers$88,688-26%132-18$672$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
24Resident Evil: Afterlife$70,474-49%140-73$503$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
25Eat Pray Love$58,710-43%111-63$529$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia
26Buried$54,156-6%10719$506$970,1016Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Job$184,14913%3410$5,416$602,6984Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,628-18%611$2,437$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Salvation Poem$56,79911%165$3,550$343,3663CanZion Films
4Welcome to the Riley's$42,145--10--$4,215$42,1451Samuel Goldwyn
5Howl$33,966-18%271$1,258$385,0336Oscilloscope
6What If...$33,40991%5631$597$712,08211Five & Two Pictures
7Step Up 3D$33,017-53%84-29$393$42,385,52013Disney
8Lottery Ticket$32,593-41%70-22$466$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
9Under the Sea 3D$31,518-40%160$1,970$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tamara Drewe$28,188-39%13-7$2,168$153,6894Sony Pictures Classics
11Avatar$25,8316%8-1$3,229$760,418,43346Fox
12Wild Target$23,174--4--$5,794$23,1741Freestyle
13Get Low$21,550-30%49-11$440$9,001,84414Sony Pictures Classics
14Machete$20,890-2%56--$373$26,552,5449Fox
15Inspector Bellamy$20,635--2--$10,318$20,6351IFC Films
16Monsters (2010)$20,508--3--$6,836$20,5081Magnolia
17The American$19,511-39%42-34$465$35,596,2279Focus
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$17,521-19%30-3$584$7,594,27417Music Box
19Leaving$16,698359%82$2,087$79,4175IFC
20The Tillman Story$16,402-10%240$683$741,40811Weinstein Company
21Vampires Suck$16,303-34%49-5$333$36,645,30511Fox
22I Want Your Money$14,886-64%59-113$252$425,8993Freestyle
23Cairo Time$14,543142%198$765$1,589,38313IFC
24Carlos$13,367-58%6-1$2,228$81,2793IFC
25Ramona and Beezus$13,265-44%35-7$379$26,141,80215Fox
26Like Dandelion Dust$12,9489%196$681$352,8106Blue Collar Releasing
27Animal Kingdom$12,38850%174$729$966,40812Sony Pictures Classics
28Jack Goes Boating$12,089-3%350$345$472,3947Relativity / Overture
29Heartbreaker$10,368-27%17-1$610$439,5908IFC
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,944-43%90$1,105$593,02113National Geographic
31Waste Land$9,806--1--$9,806$9,8061Arthouse Films
32Piranha 3D$9,802336%1914$516$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
33Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,188-47%51$1,838$60,1493Zeitgeist Films
34Enter the Void$9,017-52%8-2$1,127$230,6286IFC Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,8939%20$4,447$23,366,785161National Geographic
36Kings of Pastry$8,68265%101$868$136,0767First Run
37Last Train Home$7,062-52%9-5$785$207,9389Zeitgeist Films
38The Switch (2010)$6,634-41%17-9$390$27,576,13411Miramax
39A Film Unfinished$5,931-40%5-2$1,186$270,22611Oscilloscope
40Winter's Bone$5,82052%11-7$529$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
41Mademoiselle Chambon$5,81963%62$970$497,75123Lorber
42Budrus$5,231--4--$1,308$32,8774Balcony Releasing
43A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$5,114141%71$731$175,7309Sony Pictures Classics
44I Am Love$5,022-34%7-1$717$4,987,46820Magnolia
45Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$4,620--1--$4,620$8,1901Variance Films
46The Kids Grow Up$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971Shadow Distribution
47Freakonomics$4,366-9%9-5$485$85,0745Magnolia
48Douchebag$4,307159%64$718$18,1175Paladin
49Lovely, Still$4,171-26%5-3$834$124,7208Monterey Media
50The Concert$3,407-10%61$568$651,54115Weinstein Company
51Soul Kitchen$3,149-24%121$262$268,40811IFC
52The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,597-25%138$200$10,081,30033Music Box
53Lebanon$2,580-21%10-2$258$356,50755Sony Pictures Classics
54Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,308-18%4-1$577$402,32119Sony Pictures Classics
55I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,089-74%3-5$696$89,8214Anchor Bay
56Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,94956%41$487$512,64710Music Box
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,702-23%52$340$248,9089Music Box
58The Sicilian Girl$1,58741%20$794$69,30813Music Box
59Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,333-31%1-1$1,333$3,290,58229Producers Distribution Agency
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,29150%3-1$430$122,2478Lorber
61I'm Still Here$1,258-46%2-3$629$408,7198Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,044-35%31$348$1,322,55219National Geographic
63Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$774--2--$387$21,42316Flicker Alley
64Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$764-59%10$764$41,8967Collective Eye
65Marwencol$722--1--$722$13,6454Cinema Guild
66Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$622-96%1-2$622$499,41226Kino International
67Eichmann$573--1--$573$5731Regent Releasing
68Down Terrace$570-66%10$570$9,6093Magnolia
692012: Time for Change$560-85%10$560$66,6633Mangusta Productions
70Breathless (2010 re-issue)$53145%10$531$336,70523Rialto
71Around a Small Mountain$525--1--$525$29,21117Cinema Guild
72Cherry$468-54%1-1$468$11,0894Abramorama
73Fool for Love (2010)$423-82%1-3$423$164,2098Variance Films
74Hideaway (2009)$348160%1-1$348$29,9098Strand
75Enemies of the People$284-81%1-2$284$24,54814International Film Circuit
76The Taqwacores$243-93%10$243$4,5972Strand Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$117--1--$117$1171Regent Releasing
78Shake Hands with the Devil$86--1--$86$861Regent Releasing