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. 16 - Sun, Sep. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$30,151,614--2,330--$12,941$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$14,548,433-35%3,2220$4,515$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$11,340,461--2,886--$3,929$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$6,513,039-27%3,01479$2,161$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$5,123,760--2,408--$2,128$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$4,402,201--2,476--$1,778$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7The Debt$2,942,631-38%1,831-45$1,607$26,564,4313Focus
8Warrior (2011)$2,860,325-45%1,88314$1,519$10,002,6252Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,658,131-32%2,340-547$1,136$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$2,330,291-41%1,933-421$1,206$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$1,801,701-47%2,082-766$865$17,310,4023Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,590,367-36%1,650-894$964$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,566,182-28%1,145-165$1,368$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
14Our Idiot Brother$1,294,791-51%1,747-649$741$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
15The Smurfs$1,243,268-31%1,419-558$876$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,124,591-48%1,334-917$843$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$1,097,433-62%1,795-1535$611$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$395,254-72%1,5000$264$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,190,756-38%230132$5,177$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$700,498-30%601-209$1,166$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$563,946-33%540-264$1,044$174,301,5209Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$557,049-14%437-118$1,275$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$530,810-36%614-306$865$98,830,2768Universal
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$469,208168%306129$1,533$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$445,361-24%444-59$1,003$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$374,037-14%3485$1,075$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
9Midnight in Paris$340,770-18%301-49$1,132$54,060,59718Sony Pictures Classics
10The Guard$339,784-17%202-1$1,682$3,782,3498Sony Pictures Classics
11Bad Teacher$326,549450%474378$689$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
12Sarah's Key$266,506-32%266-40$1,002$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
13The Change-Up$228,715-29%307-67$745$36,841,2457Universal
1430 Minutes or Less$222,553-58%291-355$765$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
15Final Destination 5$211,329-62%302-353$700$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$161,8280%213-39$760$67,893,86514Fox
17One Day$151,080-61%254-238$595$13,766,0145Focus
18Bridesmaids$126,565-20%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
19Kung Fu Panda 2$97,451-21%142-22$686$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
20Super 8$92,421-35%159-44$581$126,869,83315Paramount
21Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,936-71%154-397$571$21,150,2445Lionsgate
22Saving Private Perez$87,335-65%116-49$753$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Fright Night (2011)$65,462-72%148-287$442$18,011,5145Disney / DreamWorks
24Green Lantern$54,832-52%103-52$532$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Higher Ground$110,546-9%8125$1,365$459,6674Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$105,32815%490$2,150$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$64,648-27%37-3$1,747$1,113,2776Producers Distribution Agency
4Friends With Benefits$62,714-20%96-18$653$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$62,292-32%98-52$636$241,011,32518Disney
6Monte Carlo$59,143-41%46-23$1,286$23,131,33412Fox
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,404117%1916$2,758$163,6843Indomina Media
8Hubble 3D$49,81714%28-3$1,779$28,832,87879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Whistleblower$49,283-15%58-1$850$964,9267IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Circumstance$48,841-12%318$1,576$254,4664Roadside Attractions
11Love Crime$43,3352%177$2,549$159,9933IFC Films
12Mozart's Sister$39,10659%175$2,300$181,8485Music Box Films
13The Tree of Life$35,318-25%41-21$861$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
14Point Blank$35,0996%379$949$583,3738Magnolia / Magnet
15Buck$28,298-28%63-15$449$4,003,33214IFC Films
16Attack the Block$24,304-53%35-16$694$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
17The Interrupters$20,64074%100$2,064$168,3878Cinema Guild
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,231-17%120$1,603$4,202,699713D Entertainment
19X-Men: First Class$17,349-57%36-31$482$146,390,21016Fox
20The Future$16,394-10%293$565$501,8588Roadside Attractions
21The Trip (2011)$16,36522%22-6$744$2,002,81515IFC Films
22Under the Sea 3D$16,26054%9-1$1,807$29,806,095136Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Restless (2011)$15,467--5--$3,093$15,4671Sony Pictures Classics
24Bol$14,682-44%380$386$177,9323Eros International
25Shaolin$14,644-23%111$1,331$41,5702Variance Films
26Brighton Rock (2011)$14,616-16%164$914$142,8694IFC Films
27Winnie the Pooh$13,988-87%35-212$400$26,687,17210Disney
28Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology$13,304--3--$4,435$13,3041Paladin
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$13,095-44%82$1,637$99,4213Music Box Films
30The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,613-33%20$5,807$37,8622IFC Films
31Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$11,375--5--$2,275$11,3751Nocturnal Features
32The Mill and the Cross$11,354--1--$11,354$15,4431Kino Lorber
33Space Station 3D$10,789190%21$5,395$84,273,161492IMAX
34Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$10,299-51%11-6$936$543,69011International Film Circuit
353 (2010)$9,821--4--$2,455$9,8211Strand Releasing
36Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$9,65732%204$483$1,170,39711Sony Pictures Classics
37The Devil's Double$9,406-57%25-8$376$1,341,9998Lionsgate
38Tabloid$9,10650%163$569$671,72310IFC Films
39Love in Space$8,282-40%13-2$637$28,0082China Lion Film
40The Names of Love$8,148-46%15-3$543$464,49013Music Box Films
41My Kingdom (2011)$8,003-52%18-2$445$31,3362China Lion Film
42Amigo$7,8335%6-1$1,306$124,7065Variance Films
43Bellflower$7,653-5%134$589$133,6097Oscilloscope
44Terri$7,483-44%11-6$680$653,57812IDP/ATO Pictures
45Another Earth$7,301-67%17-24$429$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
46Happy, Happy$7,125--4--$1,781$7,1251Magnolia Pictures
47After (2011)$7,09412%10$7,094$18,4752Undefined
48Magic Trip$6,961-47%10-8$696$131,3647Magnolia Pictures
49Life, Above All$6,903148%188$384$105,74310Sony Pictures Classics
50Project Nim$6,48910%176$382$383,37311Roadside Attractions
51People v. The State of Illusion$6,228--1--$6,228$20,2342IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
52Jane's Journey$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
53Farmageddon$6,103915%75$872$33,32014Undefined
54Life in a Day$5,70213%72$815$244,5878National Geographic
55The Last Circus$4,850142%62$808$24,5125Magnolia / Magnet
56Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$4,330--2--$2,165$6,7291International Film Circuit
57Mysteries of Lisbon$3,922464%32$1,307$68,2317Music Box Films
58Bride Flight$3,62265%51$724$489,43915Music Box Films
59The Tree$3,505108%52$701$48,73310Zeitgeist Films
60Back Door Channels$3,425--1--$3,425$3,4251Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$3,228-30%10$3,228$10,5852The Film Desk
62Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,922370%21$1,461$199,26913Abramorama
633D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,852-42%3-3$951$150,1036China Lion Film
64El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,695214%4-1$674$112,4298Alive Mind Cinema
65Trollhunter$2,544152%31$848$252,65215Magnolia / Magnet
66Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,456-70%8-11$307$11,852,2586Fox
67Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,183-56%31$728$374,39913Hannover House
68Special Treatment$2,137--1--$2,137$4,9924First Run Features
69Page One: Inside the New York Times$1,517-50%4-4$379$1,052,26314Magnolia Pictures
70Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,487-49%5-3$297$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
71Evidence of a Haunting$1,470-91%2-3$735$71,8344Nocturnal Features
72Incendies$1,464-74%60$244$6,856,12722Sony Pictures Classics
73The Whale$1,394-71%20$697$8,4812Paladin
74Griff the Invisible$1,17379%20$587$18,1975Indomina Media
75Bill Cunningham New York$1,163-87%1-2$1,163$1,498,64527Zeitgeist Films
76Rapt$1,07626%21$538$39,71311Lorber Films
77The Weird World of Blowfly$1,036--1--$1,036$1,0361Variance Films
78Littlerock$1,029-48%1-1$1,029$13,9276Variance Films
79Where Soldiers Come From$777--1--$777$3,9152International Film Circuit
80Romeos$773--1--$773$7731Strand Releasing
81City of Life and Death$714--2--$357$106,18819Kino International
82The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$481-87%30$160$81,80013Rialto Pictures
83Aurora$444--1--$444$4,06012Cinema Guild
84CornerStore$411-53%10$411$40,1816Undefined
85Tanner Hall$315-89%1-4$315$5,0052Anchor Bay Films
86The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$260--1--$260$152,53025Lorber Films
87Little Girl$207--1--$207$1,2553First Run Features
88Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$72-85%10$72$40,5186Lorber Films
89Road to Nowhere$68--1--$68$40,29415Monterey Media
90Film Socialisme$49--1--$49$31,23916Lorber Films