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, Jan. 27 - Sun, Jan. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$19,665,101--3,185--$6,174$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$12,352,802-51%3,0780$4,013$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$11,515,790--2,737--$4,207$11,515,7901Lionsgate
4Red Tails$10,370,323-45%2,57361$4,030$33,750,1182Fox
5Man on a Ledge$8,001,932--2,998--$2,669$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,980,448-31%2,6300$2,654$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
7Contraband$6,704,360-44%2,650-220$2,530$56,573,8603Universal
8The Descendants$6,405,285170%2,0011441$3,201$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,307,807-40%2,145-480$2,475$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$4,002,760-52%2,4412$1,640$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,473,878-37%1,654-865$2,100$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$3,204,641-13%1,244168$2,576$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$3,188,393-46%2,021-714$1,578$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,472,141-45%1,530-955$1,616$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,190,290-38%1,202-705$1,822$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$2,003,261-36%1,861-664$1,076$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,782,185-42%1,070-1000$1,666$127,041,5077Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$1,468,347-47%1,089-976$1,348$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$3,315,08940%897235$3,696$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,510,275168%965315$2,601$58,925,85710Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$1,343,536-39%702-638$1,914$74,268,2776Paramount
4Agneepath$1,140,464--132--$8,640$1,213,0961Eros International
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,099,927-38%410-321$2,683$20,165,0688Focus
6Albert Nobbs$696,166--245--$2,841$746,4171Roadside Attractions
7The Devil Inside$642,384-76%722-1485$890$52,690,1364Paramount
8A Dangerous Method$549,02243%365260$1,504$4,067,20410Sony Pictures Classics
9Happy Feet Two$391,886-8%309-22$1,268$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
10My Week with Marilyn$338,5534%186-39$1,820$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$334,653-6%270-22$1,239$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$307,903-10%253-30$1,217$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
13The Muppets$212,903-19%206-79$1,034$87,314,42610Disney
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$164,711-47%191-179$862$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
15Tower Heist$129,635-27%174-46$745$78,009,15513Universal
16The Sitter$122,898-14%145-46$848$30,200,9658Fox
17J. Edgar$108,870251%208162$523$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
18Real Steel$85,846-36%123-39$698$85,371,42817Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$69,740-43%117-52$596$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$266,62558%3118$8,601$878,5785Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$193,42542%3525$5,526$1,056,7086IFC Films
3Shame$168,488-31%80-15$2,106$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
4Carnage (2011)$122,582-57%70-178$1,751$2,187,1217Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$116,22816%450$2,583$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$70,250-5%103$7,025$287,1738Oscilloscope
7Young Adult$57,157-59%87-63$657$16,193,3628Paramount
8Coriolanus$50,636-17%123$4,220$142,8872Weinstein Company
9Moneyball$50,233-14%81-29$620$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
10Pariah (2011)$44,411-32%14-7$3,172$570,4205Focus
11The Darkest Hour$42,767-77%87-214$492$21,171,2486Summit
12Hubble 3D$40,91319%221$1,860$30,803,77398Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Viral Factor$40,222-36%220$1,828$147,8462China Lion Film
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,352-21%113$3,577$4,686,498903D Entertainment
15New Year's Eve$33,013-76%62-203$532$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
16In Time$32,476-44%58-39$560$37,508,85314Fox
17Melancholia$29,875-39%23-29$1,299$2,963,24112Magnolia Pictures
18Under the Sea 3D$24,1388%113$2,194$30,463,808155Warner Bros. / IMAX
19All's Well Ends Well 2012$23,250--20--$1,163$23,2501China Lion Film
20An Inconsistent Truth$20,733--1--$20,733$20,7331Rocky Mountain Pictures
21The Flowers of War$19,423-60%13-17$1,494$191,6032Wrekin Hill Entertainment
22Midnight in Paris$19,16548%207$958$56,473,06537Sony Pictures Classics
23Vettai$15,830-54%7-14$2,261$175,0593UTV Communications
24Drive (2011)$13,397-50%23-10$582$35,037,18520FilmDistrict
25Declaration of War$12,791--6--$2,132$12,7911IFC Films
26In the Land of Blood and Honey$12,449-52%11-3$1,132$226,0446FilmDistrict
27Le Havre$12,1999%11-3$1,109$534,80315Janus Films
28Crazy Horse$9,91124%21$4,956$26,9242Zipporah Films
29The Help$9,72232%21-1$463$169,613,39825Disney / DreamWorks
30The Way$8,168-61%12-16$681$4,391,53817Producers Distribution Agency
31The Women on the 6th Floor$7,613-33%5-2$1,523$549,36217Strand Releasing
32The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$7,15352%10$7,153$17,5672First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$6,7367%91$748$132,09013Music Box Films
34The Mill and the Cross$5,39810%3-1$1,799$308,43020Kino Lorber
35Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,194-15%10-7$519$2,975,90415Fox Searchlight
36The Skin I Live In$4,710-62%12-5$393$3,156,33416Sony Pictures Classics
37Tomboy (2011)$4,249-23%9-1$472$113,76111Dada Films
38Sing Your Song$3,82236%42$956$25,3503S2BN Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,72245%32$1,241$46,9764Cinema Guild
40Outrage$2,892163%2-1$1,446$44,4169Magnolia / Magnet
41How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,759--1--$2,759$7,0581First Run Features
42Addiction Incorporated$2,48213%20$1,241$16,9927Variance Films
43The Conquest$2,473--3--$824$177,50712Music Box Films
44El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,010--1--$2,010$213,16727Alive Mind Cinema
45Blackthorn$2,0022%41$501$199,65217Magnolia Pictures
46The Guard$1,680-57%4-5$420$5,358,14827Sony Pictures Classics
47Take Shelter$1,361-82%4-12$340$1,720,44218Sony Pictures Classics
48Amigo$1,267--1--$1,267$182,86424Variance Films
49Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,248--2--$624$93,37712Variance Films
50Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,207--2--$604$31,51015Zeitgeist Films
51Margin Call$1,042-87%1-13$1,042$5,351,94115Roadside Attractions
52Sophomore$981-53%10$981$18,4213Undefined
53Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$812-35%10$812$852,66730International Film Circuit
54Jane's Journey$602-17%21$301$26,70920First Run Features
55Garbo: The Spy$592363%21$296$28,19511First Run Features
56The Whale$553--1--$553$68,08321Paladin
57Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$437-70%20$219$272,49615Submarine Deluxe
58My Reincarnation$414-78%1-1$414$72,55314Long Shot Factory
59Crazy Wisdom$35420%10$354$51,93010Alive Mind Cinema
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$134-74%1-1$134$39,65820International Film Circuit
61The Interrupters$98-53%10$98$275,48727Cinema Guild
62Man on a Mission$30-99%1-4$30$8,0903First Run Features