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. 23 - Sun, Sep. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$21,929,332-27%2,3300$9,412$61,475,4022Disney
2Moneyball$19,501,302--2,993--$6,516$19,501,3021Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$19,152,401--3,507--$5,461$19,152,4011Warner Bros.
4Abduction$10,925,253--3,118--$3,504$10,925,2531Lionsgate
5Killer Elite$9,352,008--2,986--$3,132$9,352,0081Open Road
6Contagion$8,451,226-42%3,136-86$2,695$57,007,8983Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$5,763,998-49%2,90418$1,985$21,417,3732FilmDistrict
8The Help$4,370,051-33%2,695-319$1,622$154,414,1537Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$2,051,333-60%2,4080$852$8,835,1872Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$2,002,040-55%2,49014$804$7,968,4652Weinstein Company
11The Debt$1,260,611-57%1,067-764$1,181$28,967,0744Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,162,288-56%1,178-1162$987$173,600,8118Fox
13Warrior (2011)$1,119,835-61%1,411-472$794$12,210,1263Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$718,442-55%1,207-443$595$37,026,8806Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,135,157-5%28757$3,955$5,165,6403CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$934,728-60%847-1086$1,104$35,120,1715Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$783,376-50%675-470$1,161$82,068,9269Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$541,836-56%669-750$810$138,353,8929Sony / Columbia
5Shark Night 3D$466,801-74%637-1445$733$18,223,2384Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$401,086-15%251-55$1,598$351,902,62513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$387,448-45%320-281$1,211$378,824,31611Warner Bros.
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$353,762-69%424-910$834$23,477,2835FilmDistrict
9Zookeeper$310,790-17%294-54$1,057$79,630,11212Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$302,029-46%334-206$904$174,792,96210Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$277,750-48%345-269$805$99,276,2669Universal
12Horrible Bosses$266,884-40%313-131$853$116,943,65512Warner Bros. / New Line
13Our Idiot Brother$252,998-80%411-1336$616$24,438,3845Weinstein Company
14The Guard$249,325-27%167-35$1,493$4,165,1549Sony Pictures Classics
15Seven Days in Utopia$236,004-58%272-165$868$4,019,8194Visio Entertainment
16Midnight in Paris$222,430-35%165-136$1,348$54,432,21119Sony Pictures Classics
17Apollo 18$187,526-83%339-1456$553$17,384,9064Weinstein Company
18Final Destination 5$169,647-20%254-48$668$42,380,5577Warner Bros. / New Line
19Bad Teacher$160,977-51%232-242$694$99,685,14314Sony / Columbia
20Sarah's Key$132,564-50%151-115$878$6,592,74710Weinstein Company
21Mr. Popper's Penguins$109,085-33%153-60$713$68,038,54015Fox
22The Change-Up$105,610-54%169-138$625$37,035,8458Universal
23Kung Fu Panda 2$78,563-19%113-29$695$165,230,26118Paramount / DreamWorks
24Bridesmaids$78,255-38%111-59$705$169,076,74520Universal
25Super 8$73,350-21%117-42$627$126,975,16916Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mausam$459,024--96--$4,782$459,0241Eros International
2Born to Be Wild 3D$115,78310%490$2,363$13,006,06425Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pearl Jam Twenty$102,448--10--$10,245$382,7911Abramorama
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$82,58658%4829$1,721$266,8944Indomina Media
530 Minutes or Less$72,977-67%95-196$768$37,053,9247Sony / Columbia
6Higher Ground$70,134-37%64-17$1,096$577,2215Sony Pictures Classics
7Hubble 3D$62,97926%26-2$2,422$28,931,48680Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Thunder Soul$51,260--35--$1,465$51,2601Roadside Attractions
9Love Crime$48,49812%203$2,425$227,3604IFC Films
10Machine Gun Preacher$45,130--4--$11,283$45,1301Relativity Media
11Senna$42,228-35%31-6$1,362$1,190,6687Producers Distribution Agency
12Mozart's Sister$36,730-6%225$1,670$235,0036Music Box Films
13Monte Carlo$34,988-41%34-12$1,029$23,179,30313Fox
14Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$33,973-45%38-60$894$241,063,87519Disney
15Circumstance$32,802-33%29-2$1,131$310,2515Roadside Attractions
16The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$32,336178%64$5,389$76,4433IFC Films
17The Tree of Life$31,743-10%39-2$814$13,205,30618Fox Searchlight
18Saving Private Perez$31,195-64%44-72$709$1,391,7704Lionsgate / Pantelion
19The Whistleblower$29,506-40%50-8$590$1,015,9258IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Puncture$29,175--4--$7,294$29,1751Millennium Entertainment
21Weekend$27,245--1--$27,245$27,2451IFC Films
22Green Lantern$24,830-55%49-54$507$116,593,19115Warner Bros.
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$24,12125%120$2,010$4,238,943723D Entertainment
24The Mill and the Cross$21,87793%54$4,375$44,0352Kino Lorber
25Conan the Barbarian (2011)$20,491-77%56-98$366$21,211,0166Lionsgate
26Point Blank$20,008-43%26-11$770$617,0609Magnolia / Magnet
27Fright Night (2011)$19,346-70%44-104$440$18,060,0956Disney / DreamWorks
28Under the Sea 3D$17,0505%8-1$2,131$29,831,163137Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Restless (2011)$15,5280%1712$913$39,5092Sony Pictures Classics
30The Man Nobody Knew$15,411--1--$15,411$15,4111First Run Features
31Brighton Rock (2011)$14,8402%182$824$164,5015IFC Films
32Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$14,12137%10-1$1,412$562,51112International Film Circuit
33Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$10,201-22%7-1$1,457$116,7304Music Box Films
34Limelight (2011)$9,529--1--$9,529$9,5291Magnolia Pictures
35The Future$9,310-43%27-2$345$521,0899Roadside Attractions
363 (2010)$8,662-12%62$1,444$24,3262Strand Releasing
37X-Men: First Class$8,567-51%22-14$389$146,405,37117Fox
38Attack the Block$8,482-65%17-18$499$1,024,1759Sony / Screen Gems
39Space Station 3D$8,283-23%31$2,761$84,295,161493IMAX
40The Interrupters$8,124-61%7-3$1,161$187,6779Cinema Guild
41Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$7,630211%5-3$1,526$11,860,8397Fox
42The Devil's Double$7,577-19%4823$158$1,357,0429Lionsgate
43Shaolin$7,567-48%6-5$1,261$55,7823Variance Films
44Incendiary: The Willingham Case$7,308--1--$7,308$7,3081Truly Indie
45Mysteries of Lisbon$6,95277%41$1,738$78,2698Music Box Films
46The Names of Love$6,883-16%10-5$688$475,88614Music Box Films
47Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$6,825-40%3-2$2,275$22,8202Nocturnal Features
48The Trip (2011)$6,758-59%12-10$563$2,014,92216IFC Films
49Where Soldiers Come From$5,750640%32$1,917$10,2293International Film Circuit
50Another Earth$5,590-23%14-3$399$1,303,30010Fox Searchlight
51Farmageddon$5,325-13%5-2$1,065$42,21415Undefined
52Jane's Journey$5,073-18%10$5,073$12,4842First Run Features
53Marriage Italian Style (2011 re-issue)$4,967--1--$4,967$4,9671Kino Classics
54Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$4,646-52%12-8$387$1,182,33512Sony Pictures Classics
55Project Nim$4,487-31%181$249$391,55512Roadside Attractions
56People v. The State of Illusion$4,420-29%10$4,420$28,1863IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
57The Last Circus$4,406-9%5-1$881$31,9986Magnolia / Magnet
58The Whale$4,314209%1-1$4,314$13,4163Paladin
59Bellflower$4,267-44%12-1$356$149,6918Oscilloscope
60Happy, Happy$4,213-41%3-1$1,404$14,5772Magnolia Pictures
61Buck$4,074-86%14-49$291$4,023,12315IFC Films
62A Bird of the Air$3,819--1--$3,819$3,8191Paladin
63Life, Above All$3,760-46%16-2$235$111,83211Sony Pictures Classics
64Amigo$3,506-55%4-2$877$132,6646Variance Films
65El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,49330%40$873$116,5569Alive Mind Cinema
66Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$3,434131%72$491$1,346,50311Fox Searchlight
67Bol$3,069-79%380$81$186,4104Eros International
68Life in a Day$2,628-54%5-2$526$247,2159National Geographic
69City of Life and Death$2,424239%20$1,212$108,61220Kino International
70Love in Space$2,358-72%3-10$786$33,9763China Lion Film
71Tabloid$2,293-75%9-7$255$680,46811IFC Films
72Magic Trip$2,192-69%7-3$313$138,0438Magnolia Pictures
73Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,14041%62$357$1,055,84315Magnolia Pictures
74Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,793-59%20$897$14,0672International Film Circuit
75WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,762--2--$881$48,57517Zeitgeist Films
76Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,642--1--$1,642$50,52637Kino International
77Gun Hill Road$1,494--2--$747$139,0138Motion Film Group
78Bride Flight$1,335-63%50$267$492,87616Music Box Films
79Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,286-56%1-1$1,286$202,85614Abramorama
80My Kingdom (2011)$1,192-85%1-17$1,192$35,9863China Lion Film
81The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,130135%2-1$565$83,54714Rialto Pictures
82The Tree$841-76%2-3$421$51,54511Zeitgeist Films
83Incendies$769-47%5-1$154$6,857,09623Sony Pictures Classics
84Pianomania$756--2--$378$27,40718First Run Features
853D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$740-74%2-1$370$152,3647China Lion Film
86Bill Cunningham New York$705-39%10$705$1,500,11328Zeitgeist Films
87Turtle: The Incredible Journey$691-68%2-1$346$375,09014Hannover House
88Special Treatment$479-78%10$479$6,5665First Run Features
89Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$459--1--$459$20,2484Argot Pictures
90The Weird World of Blowfly$402-61%10$402$1,7212Variance Films
91Rapt$372-65%1-1$372$40,64212Lorber Films
92Film Socialisme$201310%10$201$31,54517Lorber Films