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, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$32,206,425--3,112--$10,349$32,206,4251Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$25,003,575--3,438--$7,273$25,003,5751Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$24,726,193-25%3,903-60$6,335$108,035,3593Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$12,773,765-47%3,3703$3,790$43,465,6152Universal
5J. Edgar$11,217,324--1,910--$5,873$11,315,8581Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,915,143-54%2,8750$2,057$23,237,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$4,081,881-45%2,591-536$1,575$30,598,6183Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$3,611,283-57%2,776-510$1,301$100,808,8354Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$2,726,736-39%2,215-596$1,231$48,767,5145Paramount
10Real Steel$1,864,688-46%1,758-680$1,061$81,612,8046Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,066,267-40%813-465$1,312$71,857,8368Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$1,012,220-34%905-233$1,118$31,565,8087Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$944,292-51%696-695$1,357$38,358,3186Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$803,456-72%947-1345$848$12,371,4403FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$693,294-32%705-400$983$69,634,0728Warner Bros.
6Rockstar$612,235--112--$5,466$612,2351Eros International
7Anonymous$582,527-53%482-32$1,209$3,753,9183Sony / Columbia
8Margin Call$544,282-24%19921$2,735$3,310,9654Roadside Attractions
950/50$507,529-47%424-323$1,197$33,841,6447Summit
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$496,871-71%669-1194$743$19,167,1754Summit
11Martha Marcy May Marlene$481,4746%18385$2,631$1,681,5204Fox Searchlight
12The Way$331,884-8%171-53$1,941$2,630,8396Producers Distribution Agency
13The Smurfs$318,8035%269-9$1,185$141,671,84216Sony / Columbia
14Contagion$312,32944%35595$880$74,865,77710Warner Bros.
15The Help$245,321-26%278-80$882$167,833,56314Disney / DreamWorks
16Johnny English Reborn$204,665-70%210-434$975$8,129,4554Universal
17Rise of the Planet of the Apes$130,158-27%164-35$794$176,332,80915Fox
18RA. One$118,611-69%1890$628$2,443,6593Eros International
19Sarah's Key$99,077-63%162-156$612$7,576,48017Weinstein Company
20Crazy, Stupid, Love$82,451-37%130-42$634$84,244,87716Warner Bros.
21Dream House$78,915-61%172-158$459$21,283,4407Universal
22Abduction$71,243-46%127-80$561$27,483,0338Lionsgate
23Cars 2$66,741-24%101-20$661$191,334,42821Disney
24Killer Elite$65,72955%16041$411$25,093,6078Open Road
25The Thing (2011)$64,925-75%141-243$460$16,907,4505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$504,51289%7054$7,207$1,055,7783Paramount Vantage
2The Skin I Live In$297,391-9%9113$3,268$1,696,8175Sony Pictures Classics
3Melancholia$257,174--19--$13,535$257,1741Magnolia Pictures
4The Lion King 3D$195,222-8%96-37$2,034$93,706,6989Disney
5Take Shelter$119,702-32%82-8$1,460$1,220,1847Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$117,78823%490$2,404$14,144,83332Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$105,466-47%75-61$1,406$34,259,3119FilmDistrict
8Hubble 3D$54,86919%222$2,494$29,633,73487Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Mighty Macs$54,181-43%61-40$888$1,825,7364Quaker Media
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$53,798-55%85-140$633$380,955,61918Warner Bros.
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$51,340-11%72-26$713$38,421,12413Weinstein Company
12Into the Abyss$47,559--12--$3,963$47,5591IFC Films
13Midnight in Paris$46,149-33%38-16$1,214$55,550,61826Sony Pictures Classics
14Le Havre$39,19234%174$2,305$151,1244Janus Films
15The Guard$34,633-29%29-10$1,194$5,204,77316Sony Pictures Classics
16The Big Year$32,622-68%83-130$393$7,082,0635Fox
17October Baby$31,601-7%12-2$2,633$194,9293IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18I Don't Know How She Does It$28,741905%8375$346$9,639,2429Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$27,13126%112$2,466$30,058,054144Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Revenge of the Electric Car$26,802-3%113$2,437$107,6004Area23a
21What's Your Number?$22,471-60%63-39$357$13,987,4827Fox
22Mozart's Sister$22,395-30%18-4$1,244$572,66513Music Box Films
23The Women on the 6th Floor$21,864-8%121$1,822$278,6386Strand Releasing
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$19,417-10%92$2,157$90,2944Submarine Deluxe
25The Conquest$16,273--6--$2,712$137,2791Music Box Films
26Shark Night 3D$15,831-39%29-15$546$18,860,40311Relativity Media
27Inni$15,15080%72$2,164$72,7933Cinema Purgatorio
28Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,845-57%32-20$433$24,042,49012FilmDistrict
29Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,129-36%18-3$729$802,76819International Film Circuit
30Breakaway$12,780-50%6-5$2,130$1,873,7407Alliance Films
31Weekend$12,766-36%171$751$438,6908IFC Films
32The Mill and the Cross$12,042-8%10-2$1,204$231,5489Kino Lorber
33Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$8,648--1--$8,648$8,6481Variance Films
34Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,212-31%100$821$4,371,345793D Entertainment
35Apollo 18$7,749-78%18-75$431$17,683,67011Weinstein Company
36Our Idiot Brother$7,272-63%12-23$606$24,809,54712Weinstein Company
37Laugh at My Pain$6,573-71%13-26$506$7,688,75610CodeBlack Entertainment
38The Man Nobody Knew$6,555-46%60$1,093$129,4758First Run Features
39The Afflicted$6,496-25%4-2$1,624$212,9404Nocturnal Features
40The Other F Word$6,459-51%31$2,153$25,9142Oscilloscope
41The Double (2011)$6,050-90%12-33$504$134,2863Image Entertainment
42Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$5,674-65%10-8$567$218,27811Music Box Films
43Blackthorn$5,150-30%6-6$858$152,6986Magnolia Pictures
44Young Goethe In Love$5,088-70%3-3$1,696$32,5942Music Box Films
45Munger Road$4,913-51%7-2$702$266,1907Freestyle Releasing
46Love Crime$4,560-65%10-10$456$518,41311IFC Films
47Higher Ground$4,420-37%17-3$260$825,39212Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,892--3--$1,297$163,82616Alive Mind Cinema
49Senna$3,837-37%3-5$1,279$1,602,46014Producers Distribution Agency
50Point Blank$3,833-10%90$426$706,93716Magnolia / Magnet
51London Boulevard$3,431--1--$3,431$3,4311IFC Films
52Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$3,00955%90$334$26,4356Kino Lorber
53The Son of No One$2,683-85%4-6$671$28,8702Anchor Bay Films
54Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,437-47%7-10$348$218,9167Magnolia / Magnet
55My Reincarnation$2,362-25%20$1,181$21,6453Long Shot Factory
56Machine Gun Preacher$2,101-72%120$175$526,8488Relativity Media
57Happy, Happy$2,03244%43$508$43,0029Magnolia Pictures
58Limelight (2011)$2,006359%21$1,003$59,6548Magnolia Pictures
59Pianomania$1,769-83%5-1$354$47,05225First Run Features
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,742-22%31$581$32,0889International Film Circuit
61The Names of Love$1,705155%20$853$510,77321Music Box Films
62Life, Above All$1,667--6--$278$132,96018Sony Pictures Classics
63Circumstance$1,543-50%50$309$439,95812Roadside Attractions
64The Interrupters$1,481--3--$494$250,51616Cinema Guild
65The Whale$1,275-74%1-1$1,275$38,23110Paladin
66Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,107-70%1-1$1,107$254,78521Abramorama
67American Teacher$974-44%20$487$31,2867First Run Features
68Amigo$841--3--$280$159,90513Variance Films
69Hell and Back Again$775-70%1-1$775$24,7126Docurama Films
70Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$744-58%1-4$744$487,50611Indomina Media
71Texas Killing Fields$719-84%3-7$240$45,2825Anchor Bay Films
72Charlotte Rampling: The Look$502-91%1-1$502$10,2262Kino Lorber
73Restless (2011)$490-43%41$123$159,5809Sony Pictures Classics
74Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$430-37%2-1$215$1,200,04619Sony Pictures Classics
75The Future$355-34%3-2$118$568,08016Roadside Attractions
763 (2010)$304-82%1-2$304$53,9639Strand Releasing
77The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$284--1--$284$24,29010The Film Desk
78Paul Goodman Changed My Life$138-92%10$138$22,0204Zeitgeist Films