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, Apr. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$39,225,962--3,827--$10,250$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$18,692,090--3,305--$5,656$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$10,715,205-50%3,608-8$2,970$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$7,282,546-41%2,54510$2,862$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$7,268,502-31%2,2140$3,283$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$6,755,340-45%3,2760$2,062$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Insidious$6,744,623-28%2,233-186$3,020$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
8Source Code$6,209,058-28%2,557-414$2,428$36,898,5803Summit
9Your Highness$4,019,710-57%2,7723$1,450$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$3,660,104-33%1,885-770$1,942$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$2,884,979-33%1,702-718$1,695$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,081,944-56%1,849-1032$1,126$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$3,506,602--707--$4,960$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$1,686,347--299--$5,640$1,686,3471Rocky Mountain
3Win Win$1,276,19611%384158$3,323$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
4Jane Eyre (2011)$993,232-14%27427$3,625$6,605,0356Focus
5Rango$715,526-69%976-1031$733$118,775,7317Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$624,468-28%2071$3,017$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sucker Punch$606,242-71%555-1200$1,092$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
8Battle: Los Angeles$507,452-67%554-854$916$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
9Paul$485,080-72%536-1131$905$36,104,5005Universal
10Gnomeo and Juliet$407,89993%35571$1,149$97,767,31610Disney
11The Adjustment Bureau$356,615-59%348-435$1,025$60,735,1457Universal
12Just Go With It$270,6022%3266$830$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$254,196-49%315-360$807$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$245,653-58%189-37$1,300$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Hall Pass$234,838-12%333-33$705$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$170,928-38%275-90$622$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
17Red Riding Hood$126,735-75%248-529$511$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
18True Grit (2010)$104,950-50%177-86$593$170,938,57517Paramount
19Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$86,061-44%128-56$672$37,615,1519Fox
20Tangled$85,574-61%184-55$465$199,584,48421Disney
21Beastly$70,222-74%110-229$638$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$156,87413%6813$2,307$636,9804Music Box Films
2Of Gods and Men$152,437-16%982$1,555$2,996,0728Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$109,12914%33-8$3,307$24,187,79657Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thank You$85,872-65%71-21$1,209$392,1942UTV Communications
5Bill Cunningham New York$78,463-10%213$3,736$549,3235Zeitgeist Films
6Certified Copy$77,039-30%56-1$1,376$983,7626IFC Films
7The Salvation Poem$73,4281068%2111$3,497$801,02427CanZion Films
8In a Better World$72,12761%3018$2,404$182,9043Sony Pictures Classics
9I Am Number Four$66,052-33%80-65$826$54,152,7099Disney / DreamWorks
10Kill the Irishman$62,540-27%39-13$1,604$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
11The Green Hornet$54,246-47%95-66$571$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$47,150-18%11-2$4,286$2,211,846493D Entertainment
13Mars Needs Moms$41,154-65%99-127$416$20,781,9776Disney
14Under the Sea 3D$40,29341%14-5$2,878$28,084,100114Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Cedar Rapids$38,655-60%47-71$822$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
16Super$38,45633%2611$1,479$145,6853IFC Films
17Miral$33,956-38%26-3$1,306$304,9374Weinstein Company
18Barney's Version$30,271-30%50-17$605$7,400,65914Sony Pictures Classics
19The Double Hour$30,246--2--$15,123$30,2461IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Winter in Wartime$26,934-30%21-3$1,283$174,9885Sony Pictures Classics
21Drive Angry$25,179-58%71-55$355$10,706,7868Summit
22The Princess of Montpensier$23,456--3--$7,819$23,4561IFC Films
23Biutiful$22,586-40%32-6$706$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
24I Am (2011)$20,966-45%13-5$1,613$401,4069Paladin
25Black Swan$19,584-62%49-54$400$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
26Henry's Crime$18,494112%75$2,642$29,8002Moving Pictures Film & Television
27Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,571-49%35-34$502$72,772,10610Paramount
28The Company Men$15,273-31%20-12$764$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
29The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$15,06810%54$3,014$64,1033Lorber Films
30Meek's Cutoff$14,092-30%20$7,046$44,1622Oscilloscope
31My Perestroika$13,9988%53$2,800$90,7784International Film Circuit
32Queen to Play$13,353-44%93$1,484$90,1073Zeitgeist Films
33The Last Lions$12,22883%6143$200$607,8029National Geographic
34American: The Bill Hicks Story$12,056105%54$2,411$21,5812Variance Films
35Poetry$10,471-18%13-2$805$275,67010Kino International
36Blank City$9,184-34%10$9,184$41,3512Insurgent Releasing
37The Grace Card$8,416-56%18-21$468$2,428,2418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Rubber$8,2569%83$1,032$45,9043Magnolia / Magnet
39Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$7,272--9--$808$501,4649Vitagraph
40The Music Never Stopped$6,293-16%13-1$484$227,9105Roadside Attractions
41Take Me Home Tonight$6,193-83%42-60$147$6,923,8917Relativity Media
42The Illusionist (2010)$6,052-58%16-16$378$2,206,46217Sony Pictures Classics
43Another Year$5,806-37%13-3$447$3,191,23716Sony Pictures Classics
44Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,38192%3-1$1,794$138,2307Strand Releasing
45Trust (2011)$5,231-74%8-12$654$117,6233Millennium Entertainment
46Cold Weather$5,13314%102$513$141,35811IFC Films
47Blue Valentine (2010)$4,955-43%15-4$330$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
48Meet Monica Velour$4,440-40%42$1,110$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
49I Saw the Devil$4,277213%73$611$124,7787Magnolia / Magnet
50Circo$4,0705%21$2,035$18,9283First Run Features
51Armadillo$3,958--1--$3,958$3,9581Lorber Films
52Carancho$3,800850%43$950$66,13110Strand Releasing
53happythankyoumoreplease$2,965-58%4-5$741$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
54The Imperialists Are Still Alive!$2,832--1--$2,832$2,8321IFC Films
55Ceremony$2,801-60%30$934$11,6262Magnolia Pictures
56Heartbeats$2,784-11%6-3$464$62,9858IFC Films
57A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$2,421--1--$2,421$3,1151Film Movement
58Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,347-38%5-2$469$227,80315First Run Features
59Inside Job$2,177-45%4-11$544$4,306,23728Sony Pictures Classics
60Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,064-66%1-4$2,064$101,60131Collective Eye
61The Human Resources Manager$2,044--3--$681$52,3847Film Movement
62The Last Godfather$1,284-94%1-19$1,284$163,5913Roadside Attractions
63Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,214-62%2-1$607$202,25212Variance Films
64Dumbstruck$981--1--$981$9811Truly Indie
65Putty Hill$904-20%1-1$904$43,4679Cinema Guild
66Desert Flower$767-61%2-1$384$43,5845National Geographic
67Orgasm Inc.$500--1--$500$44,91610First Run Features
68The Strange Case of Angelica$489-8%1-1$489$43,88916Cinema Guild
69Korkoro$210-44%10$210$3,5044Lorber Films
70The Woodmans$202--1--$202$36,03613Lorber Films
71Bhutto$18313%10$183$99,23120First Run Features
72Winter's Bone$174-33%20$87$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions
73Marwencol$6255%10$62$111,60128Cinema Guild