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, Jan. 7 - Sun, Jan. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$14,605,135-40%3,12441$4,675$110,035,1573Paramount
2Little Fockers$13,487,245-48%3,675121$3,670$123,687,7603Universal
3Season of the Witch$10,612,375--2,816--$3,769$10,612,3751Relativity Media
4TRON: Legacy$10,090,002-46%3,013-352$3,349$148,212,4204Disney
5Black Swan$8,113,011-9%1,58431$5,122$61,218,5046Fox Searchlight
6Country Strong$7,326,16517551%1,4241422$5,145$7,463,4543Sony / Screen Gems
7The Fighter$7,001,504-30%2,528-6$2,770$57,845,9465Paramount
8Yogi Bear$6,641,250-46%3,288-227$2,020$75,436,7714Warner Bros.
9Tangled$5,111,098-48%2,383-199$2,145$175,779,4967Disney
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,601,403-55%2,814-134$1,635$94,532,1965Fox
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,588,731-51%2,964-125$1,548$34,448,3213Fox
12The Tourist$3,766,574-43%2,442-314$1,542$61,157,9445Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,353,398-49%1,507-225$1,562$287,661,7708Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$1,876,869-59%1,902-581$987$28,833,6574Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$6,414,407-18%75858$8,462$32,896,6657Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$653,20941%603354$1,083$94,077,47015Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$342,784-35%398-52$861$80,023,2479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$290,02841%21237$1,368$31,683,1727Fox
5Megamind$274,872-56%375-389$733$144,674,38410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Burlesque$256,319-42%228-102$1,124$38,239,9177Sony / Screen Gems
7Due Date$255,304-40%244-160$1,046$99,652,53210Warner Bros.
8I Love You Phillip Morris$217,27610%10032$2,173$1,435,4806Roadside Attractions
9Red (2010)$199,992-31%261-42$766$89,842,93713Summit
10Life As We Know It$152,285-26%188-60$810$53,133,72714Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$145,743-34%225-22$648$59,291,17714Disney
12Despicable Me$118,355-31%178-19$665$251,384,62027Universal
13Morning Glory (2010)$96,016106%17852$539$30,883,9799Paramount
14Fair Game (2010)$72,887-25%103-6$708$9,241,95210Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$704,339264%4036$17,608$1,144,5842Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$227,473--48--$4,739$227,4731UTV Communications
3127 Hours$216,964-24%88-15$2,466$10,824,59910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$163,31818%179$9,607$663,9893Focus
5Casino Jack$156,39395%5234$3,008$425,3634IDP/ATO Pictures
6Hubble 3D$137,923-2%547$2,554$20,535,39143Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rabbit Hole$109,944-23%340$3,234$627,9814Lionsgate
8Another Year$87,261-22%71$12,466$303,7152Sony Pictures Classics
9Made in Dagenham$86,685-9%606$1,445$626,6848Sony Pictures Classics
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$56,534-35%95-63$595$55,638,92816Warner Bros.
11Inside Job$55,9492%469$1,216$3,539,37014Sony Pictures Classics
12Faster (2010)$51,630-23%79-40$654$22,941,2317CBS Films
13All Good Things$43,03840%3010$1,435$381,0036Magnolia Pictures
14Jackass 3D$39,030-41%70-67$558$117,190,30013Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$34,132-40%90-55$379$84,723,15612Paramount
16The Illusionist (2010)$32,988-29%30$10,996$178,4103Sony Pictures Classics
17The Warrior's Way$29,596120%32-6$925$5,604,9206Relativity Media
18The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$26,004-35%42-5$619$5,072,74411Music Box
19Tiny Furniture$19,49214%194$1,026$317,0909IFC
20White Material$19,202248%2117$914$268,9148IFC
21Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$18,7291056%54$3,746$26,8213Saint Juste International
22Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$18,211--1--$18,211$26,8461First Run Features
23Tees Maar Khan$14,355-87%38-66$378$1,072,6863UTV Communications
24Summer Wars$13,60467%1412$972$35,9543GKIDS
25My Dog Tulip$13,039144%41$3,260$167,93919New Yorker Films
26Bhutto$12,7841822%43$3,196$48,8346First Run Features
27Hereafter$12,779-66%33-95$387$32,741,59613Warner Bros.
28Four Lions$11,9986%11-7$1,091$260,70710Drafthouse Films
29Kings of Pastry$11,20063%40$2,800$286,29717First Run
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,92138%51$1,984$333,48813Zeitgeist Films
31Tamara Drewe$7,721128%195$406$538,02914Sony Pictures Classics
32Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,9661476%21$3,483$81,29329Kino International
33The Time That Remains$6,453--1--$6,453$6,4531IFC
34The Salvation Poem$5,859128%10$5,859$500,06413CanZion Films
35The Strange Case of Angelica$5,594-25%21$2,797$21,6492Cinema Guild
36Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$5,267-74%12-8$439$231,8356Oscilloscope
37For Colored Girls$5,122-53%21-7$244$37,686,27410Lionsgate
38The Tempest$4,875-55%3-3$1,625$242,1295Disney
39Howl$4,774-29%61$796$602,36016Oscilloscope
40Winter's Bone$4,759131%64$793$6,254,38231Roadside Attractions
41You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,4341%62$739$3,235,09116Sony Pictures Classics
42Feed the Fish$4,41179%43$1,103$90,1868Strand
43Marwencol$3,583--4--$896$68,54114Cinema Guild
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,422-15%20$1,711$23,490,133171National Geographic
45Carlos$3,23949%53$648$140,76013IFC
46Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$3,18890%62$531$175,46810Magnolia
47If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$2,999--1--$2,999$5,2281Film Movement
48Night Catches Us$2,808-19%40$702$59,5856Magnolia
49To the Sea$2,610--1--$2,610$58,29326Film Movement
50The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,100-55%30$700$697,70623National Geographic
51Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,772--2--$886$21,32910Variance Films
52Animal Kingdom$1,594-3%42$399$1,018,71822Sony Pictures Classics
53Waste Land$1,38548%21$693$103,83911Arthouse Films
54Red Hill$1,361-11%1-1$1,361$20,21910Strand
55Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$830-43%21$415$34,7019Film Desk
56Get Low$674-49%2-1$337$9,112,53824Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$545243%21$273$534,72420Music Box
58The Girl Who Played With Fire$41288%1-2$412$7,637,72127Music Box
59The Red Chapel$400-84%21$200$5,0502Lorber Films
60William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$398115%10$398$33,2908Oscilloscope
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$376-53%1-1$376$10,094,59743Music Box
62Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$365139%20$183$263,23519Music Box