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, Sep. 2 - Sun, Sep. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$14,594,6230%2,84365$5,134$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$9,909,499--1,826--$5,427$11,810,9131Focus
3Apollo 18$8,704,271--3,328--$2,615$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$8,404,260--2,806--$2,995$8,404,2601Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$7,915,295-11%3,193-153$2,479$160,139,9885Fox
6Colombiana$7,463,200-28%2,6140$2,855$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
7Our Idiot Brother$5,450,884-22%2,5550$2,133$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,195,268-39%2,78020$1,869$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,817,284-20%3,007-298$1,602$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$4,099,478-14%2,706-155$1,515$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,306,4086%1,450-127$2,280$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,472,601-4%1,092-236$2,264$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,928,367-14%1,050-374$1,837$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,878,410-21%1,185-374$1,585$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$1,818,484-32%1,355-716$1,342$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,577,143-50%1,722-1293$916$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$1,498,089-41%1,226-859$1,222$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18One Day$1,328,780-47%1,187-538$1,119$12,306,3153Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$1,302,223-58%1,468-1646$887$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$1,207,411415%2,0431810$591$188,686,31711Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$1,316,910--561--$2,347$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$776,160-35%539-365$1,440$35,791,5605Universal
3Zookeeper$737,581204%401176$1,839$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
4Horrible Bosses$698,0369%422-43$1,654$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
5Midnight in Paris$670,125-10%402-250$1,667$52,716,77416Sony Pictures Classics
6Saving Private Perez$664,517--161--$4,127$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Sarah's Key$624,586-2%31947$1,958$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$588,481-8%424-94$1,388$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guard$580,69851%17871$3,262$2,522,9136Sony Pictures Classics
10Bad Teacher$477,188376%986911$484$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
11Kung Fu Panda 2$334,19059%305111$1,096$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$304,85817%25213$1,210$67,426,37712Fox
13Bridesmaids$277,19522%220-2$1,260$168,452,53017Universal
14Super 8$275,581-10%240-2$1,148$126,451,88713Paramount
15Winnie the Pooh$253,0669%352-20$719$26,428,7168Disney
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$197,6512%186-25$1,063$240,739,43316Disney
17Friends With Benefits$192,687-10%161-53$1,197$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
18Green Lantern$189,112-19%185-37$1,022$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
19A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$117,564--143--$822$117,5641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20X-Men: First Class$107,362-5%101-9$1,063$146,277,35014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$12,29833%1000$123$3,093,9278Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$863,531--88--$9,813$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,52429%490$4,215$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$170,763-18%4719$3,633$818,8834Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$96,482-20%702$1,378$763,0075IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$92,357330%1714$5,433$135,9412Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$89,58958%6636$1,357$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
7Hubble 3D$87,98132%29-1$3,034$28,645,39977Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tree of Life$79,571-3%86-11$925$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
9The Hangover Part II$71,7709%90-38$797$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
10Nothing to Declare$70,885-2%250$2,835$182,2952Entertainment One Films
11Bol$62,473--38--$1,644$80,3781Eros International
12Point Blank$62,03139%334$1,880$460,4956Magnolia / Magnet
13Another Earth$61,494-36%71-23$866$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
14Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$53,255-71%64-159$832$11,810,9084Fox
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,618--3--$17,539$52,6181Indomina Media
16Buck$47,548-15%738$651$3,878,65012IFC Films
17The Devil's Double$42,608-54%49-29$870$1,268,5816Lionsgate
18Circumstance$36,764-15%114$3,342$104,0762Roadside Attractions
19Beginners$35,81115%34-16$1,053$5,764,84214Focus
20Love Crime$35,375--5--$7,075$35,3751IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,422-23%100$3,342$4,131,289693D Entertainment
22Sur le Rythme$32,126-11%11-26$2,921$903,8774Entertainment One Films
23Under the Sea 3D$31,49450%8-2$3,937$29,757,755134Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$27,815-2%15-2$1,854$479,8789International Film Circuit
25Brighton Rock (2011)$26,418-19%131$2,032$82,6742IFC Films
26The Names of Love$26,036-33%16-6$1,627$416,89311Music Box Films
27Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$25,189--3--$8,396$30,2271Music Box Films
28Evidence of a Haunting$24,57046%9-1$2,730$54,4742Nocturnal Features
29The Trip (2011)$24,055-39%36-12$668$1,950,92113IFC Films
30The Future$23,945-11%17-5$1,409$439,4866Roadside Attractions
31Monte Carlo$19,884-65%41-50$485$22,936,85210Fox
32Amigo$17,42619%103$1,743$96,1873Variance Films
33Insidious$15,765288%4-3$3,941$54,008,44023FilmDistrict
34Tabloid$15,441-5%25-1$618$640,5478IFC Films
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$14,465-28%90$1,607$129,0454China Lion Film
36The Interrupters$13,475-25%100$1,348$117,9156Cinema Guild
37Magic Trip$12,69467%115$1,154$94,3485Magnolia Pictures
38Mozart's Sister$12,364-30%70$1,766$97,7813Music Box Films
39Rio (2011)$11,049-52%25-14$442$143,613,65121Fox
40Project Nim$10,31533%15-1$688$361,8849Roadside Attractions
41Terri$10,116-33%17-4$595$618,43910IDP/ATO Pictures
42Incendies$9,983-17%80$1,248$6,841,32320Sony Pictures Classics
43In/Sight$9,571--23--$416$9,5711Check Entertainment
44Space Station 3D$9,477--1--$9,477$84,240,236490IMAX
45Life in a Day$7,872191%94$875$222,8786National Geographic
46Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,698-1%9-1$855$1,141,6559Sony Pictures Classics
47Bellflower$6,406-15%5-2$1,281$109,9465Oscilloscope
48Bride Flight$6,060-12%100$606$478,63813Music Box Films
49Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,699-52%12-3$475$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
50Bill Cunningham New York$5,6301188%21$2,815$1,485,01225Zeitgeist Films
51Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,954352%32$1,651$193,94011Abramorama
52El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,71313%50$943$102,0566Alive Mind Cinema
53Littlerock$4,630--3--$1,543$7,9804Variance Films
54Page One: Inside the New York Times$4,41865%72$631$1,037,92512Magnolia Pictures
55The Tree$4,26423%4-2$1,066$39,1038Zeitgeist Films
565 Days of War$3,382122%32$1,127$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,1494274%54$630$243,56751Collective Eye
58I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$3,118--1--$3,118$3,1181Strand Releasing
59Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$3,054--1--$3,054$3,0541Argot Pictures
60CornerStore$2,970-13%20$1,485$36,9004Undefined
61Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$2,889331%10$2,889$37,0254Lorber Films
62Rebirth (2011)$2,740--1--$2,740$5,5321Oscilloscope
63Life, Above All$2,603-42%61$434$93,4958Sony Pictures Classics
64Rapt$2,484--2--$1,242$36,6689Lorber Films
65The Last Circus$2,115-7%20$1,058$14,5453Magnolia / Magnet
66Redemption Road$2,056-89%10-16$206$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
67Griff the Invisible$1,918-26%2-2$959$14,4333Indomina Media
68Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,863-31%32$621$267,09711Abramorama
69Turtle: The Incredible Journey$1,844-53%30$615$361,14111Hannover House
70Trollhunter$1,72231%40$431$247,04913Magnolia / Magnet
71Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$1,472-64%1-1$1,472$5,5642Undefined
72WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,129-77%1-1$1,129$45,62414Zeitgeist Films
73Vito Bonafacci$1,006-55%10$1,006$8,67618CAVU Pictures
74Mysteries of Lisbon$98646%1-1$986$61,6465Music Box Films
75The Perfect Host$870-21%1-1$870$48,28910Magnolia Pictures
76Everything Must Go$659-22%41$165$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
77The Music Never Stopped$632--1--$632$257,53525Roadside Attractions
78Special Treatment$586-14%10$586$2,3462First Run Features
79Little Girl$526--1--$526$5261First Run Features
80In a Better World$52088%10$520$1,007,80823Sony Pictures Classics
81Tuesday, After Christmas$367--1--$367$25,86615Lorber Films
82The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$216-56%1-2$216$152,27023Lorber Films
83Road to Nowhere$36-80%1-1$36$40,15613Monterey Media
84The Conspirator$24-98%1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions