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, Dec. 16 - Sun, Dec. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$39,637,079--3,703--$10,704$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,244,744--3,723--$6,244$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$7,310,413-44%3,5050$2,086$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$4,608,681-53%2,7522$1,675$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$4,197,893-46%2,958-646$1,419$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$3,707,848-39%2,532-76$1,464$39,155,7094Paramount
7Arthur Christmas$3,554,286-45%2,929-343$1,213$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$3,520,926-50%2,808-520$1,254$70,994,5714Disney
9Jack and Jill$1,228,843-60%1,910-877$643$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
10Happy Feet Two$1,077,329-71%1,780-1060$605$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
11Tower Heist$901,025-62%1,315-754$685$75,788,7407Universal
12Immortals$851,371-65%1,216-1083$700$81,889,3766Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,785,204--425--$30,083$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$3,403,159997%986978$3,451$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$3,268,357-25%8782$3,723$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$591,385-24%2440$2,424$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$465,209-71%757-1086$615$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$386,494-67%703-852$550$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$193,092-28%281-61$687$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$175,064-63%202-268$867$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$163,354-53%273-81$598$36,732,6948Fox
10Melancholia$133,914-42%131-14$1,022$2,243,2066Magnolia Pictures
11Footloose (2011)$123,74677%25352$489$51,292,77610Paramount
12Courageous$102,879-47%101-90$1,019$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
13Margin Call$98,178-45%121-27$811$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Paranormal Activity 3$91,616-36%206-96$445$103,783,4789Paramount
15Real Steel$80,352-39%155-51$518$83,737,28211Disney / DreamWorks
16The Help$72,053-32%156-56$462$169,345,70519Disney / DreamWorks
17Like Crazy$57,513-65%100-62$575$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
18Midnight in Paris$53,678-53%116-79$463$56,293,47431Sony Pictures Classics
19The Three Musketeers (2011)$50,210-42%123-45$408$20,315,3249Summit
2050/50$37,370-43%111-35$337$34,963,96712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$456,77747%1612$28,549$879,5482Focus
2Shame$307,2548%5130$6,025$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$287,367-3%171$16,904$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4A Dangerous Method$150,85596%1713$8,874$719,8574Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$108,303-6%250$4,332$460,0484Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$79,795--5--$15,959$79,7951Sony Pictures Classics
7The Way$79,295-36%93-27$853$3,988,53311Producers Distribution Agency
8Moneyball$75,535-50%98-110$771$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
9Born to Be Wild 3D$57,088-8%490$1,165$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Skin I Live In$51,798-53%71-38$730$2,942,23010Sony Pictures Classics
11The Ides of March$45,589-62%72-115$633$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
12Drive (2011)$41,947-13%56-14$749$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
13Hubble 3D$36,4477%200$1,822$30,081,07492Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$28,828-19%54-7$534$176,740,65020Fox
15Take Shelter$27,608-42%58-5$476$1,627,47012Sony Pictures Classics
16Le Havre$24,258-37%21-2$1,155$358,7069Janus Films
17The Lion King 3D$23,694-11%32-6$740$94,197,68914Disney
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$21,602-58%39-33$554$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
19The Women on the 6th Floor$18,684-20%12-1$1,557$428,09711Strand Releasing
20Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$13,903344%83$1,738$208,2769Submarine Deluxe
21The Rum Diary$12,429-58%30-33$414$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
22Pastorela$10,616-66%19-25$559$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Tomboy (2011)$9,881-14%90$1,098$89,7535Dada Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,800132%90$1,089$4,433,633843D Entertainment
25Mozart's Sister$9,421-44%10-6$942$669,08118Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$9,190-30%8-2$1,149$30,204,281149Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Cook County$7,579--5--$1,516$7,5791Hanover House
28The Big Year$7,546-13%250$302$7,204,13810Fox
29Young Goethe In Love$7,298-42%80$912$93,2117Music Box Films
30Into the Abyss$6,389-60%17-13$376$216,2626IFC Films
31Crazy Wisdom$6,381105%42$1,595$43,1064Alive Mind Cinema
32The Guard$6,341-38%12-3$528$5,325,09021Sony Pictures Classics
33The Interrupters$6,282377%32$2,094$267,76321Cinema Guild
34Eames: The Architect and the Painter$5,614-65%6-5$936$123,3695First Run Features
35Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$5,014-56%70$716$80,4876Variance Films
36Blackthorn$4,5357%94$504$182,09711Magnolia Pictures
37Sleeping Beauty (2011)$4,529-24%40$1,132$29,0043IFC Films
38Amigo$3,489191%32$1,163$178,28518Variance Films
39The Man Nobody Knew$3,410-45%3-3$1,137$166,27713First Run Features
40My Reincarnation$3,12169%31$1,040$38,0118Long Shot Factory
41Outrage$3,082-62%70$440$26,1593Magnolia / Magnet
42House of Tolerance$2,91237%30$971$19,3274IFC Films
43London River$2,145105%21$1,073$3,7192Cinema Libre
44Khodorkovsky$1,759-70%10$1,759$25,4803Kino Lorber
45Rid of Me$1,660--1--$1,660$5,3825Submarine Entertainment
46Addiction Incorporated$1,629--1--$1,629$3,6831Variance Films
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,628136%21$814$193,61321Alive Mind Cinema
48The Conquest$1,276--1--$1,276$161,4456Music Box Films
49The Mill and the Cross$1,045-46%3-1$348$259,72114Kino Lorber
50The Whale$1,0283%10$1,028$57,98615Paladin
51American Teacher$994--2--$497$32,28012First Run Features
52Jane's Journey$982--1--$982$19,55714First Run Features
53Higher Ground$84718%3-2$282$836,50317Sony Pictures Classics
54Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$789-65%1-1$789$838,23524International Film Circuit
55I Melt With You$670-75%20$335$4,7952Magnolia Pictures
56Charlotte Rampling: The Look$645-32%10$645$12,6647Kino Lorber
57Littlerock$581--1--$581$17,07919Variance Films
58Inni$572-66%1-3$572$116,3988Cinema Purgatorio
59Revenge of the Electric Car$470-83%1-2$470$150,3079Area23a
60Summer (2011 re-issue)$349-56%10$349$37,80428The Film Desk
61Hell and Back Again$346-14%10$346$34,63711Docurama Films
623 (2010)$288--2--$144$59,77414Strand Releasing
63Answers to Nothing$157-82%1-6$157$22,0293Roadside Attractions
64Restless (2011)$141-79%1-2$141$163,14114Sony Pictures Classics
65Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$80-84%10$80$18,16922The Film Desk
66Paul Goodman Changed My Life$17-97%1-1$17$24,3339Zeitgeist Films