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, Feb. 3 - Sun, Feb. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$22,004,098--2,907--$7,569$22,004,0981Fox
2The Woman in Black$20,874,072--2,855--$7,311$20,874,0721CBS Films
3The Grey$9,300,999-53%3,20722$2,900$34,557,5322Open Road
4Big Miracle$7,760,205--2,129--$3,645$7,760,2051Universal
5Underworld Awakening$5,500,744-55%2,636-442$2,087$54,253,6653Sony / Screen Gems
6One For the Money$5,206,279-55%2,7370$1,902$19,624,2662Lionsgate
7Red Tails$4,735,595-54%2,347-226$2,018$41,059,0533Fox
8The Descendants$4,552,943-29%2,03837$2,234$65,475,59512Fox Searchlight
9Man on a Ledge$4,351,036-46%2,9980$1,451$14,615,8102Lionsgate
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,802,367-46%2,505-125$1,518$26,670,0437Warner Bros.
11Contraband$3,408,255-49%2,047-603$1,665$62,021,5554Universal
12The Artist$2,612,607-21%1,005108$2,600$20,631,85111Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,579,332-51%1,719-426$1,500$44,908,1324Disney
14Hugo$2,272,390-9%1,03065$2,206$61,911,42911Paramount
15The Iron Lady$1,898,183-41%1,021-223$1,859$20,655,5326Weinstein Company
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,702,914-51%1,077-577$1,581$205,200,7768Paramount
17Joyful Noise$1,459,230-54%1,350-671$1,081$28,964,4584Warner Bros.
18Haywire$1,202,767-70%1,251-1190$961$17,847,6713Relativity Media
19War Horse$960,780-52%1,163-698$826$77,296,2877Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,048,380-41%818-252$1,282$128,351,8058Fox
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,026,005-58%857-673$1,197$183,885,1238Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,022,358-53%668-534$1,530$99,903,8237Sony / Columbia
4We Bought a Zoo$737,870-50%754-335$979$72,721,4417Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$709,180-47%486-216$1,459$75,323,3197Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$670,429-39%302-108$2,220$21,185,1219Focus
7Albert Nobbs$490,762-30%2450$2,003$1,528,7052Roadside Attractions
8Agneepath$340,112-70%1320$2,577$1,750,8432Eros International
9A Dangerous Method$322,514-41%235-130$1,372$4,614,38611Sony Pictures Classics
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$279,75570%296105$945$280,876,46512Lionsgate / Summit
11Happy Feet Two$262,725-33%255-54$1,030$63,432,48812Warner Bros.
12My Week with Marilyn$254,703-25%171-15$1,489$13,005,86111Weinstein Company
13Puss in Boots (2011)$250,103-25%253-17$989$148,459,36715Paramount / DreamWorks
14Jack and Jill$200,598-35%222-31$904$73,619,45113Sony / Columbia
15The Devil Inside$155,031-76%303-419$512$53,056,8895Paramount
16The Muppets$118,900-44%169-37$704$87,476,72711Disney
17New Year's Eve$109,415231%222160$493$54,384,1219Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Sitter$72,991-41%126-19$579$30,320,1959Fox
19J. Edgar$41,195-62%135-73$305$37,258,64013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$280,2585%409$7,006$1,258,7066Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$190,976-1%394$4,897$1,349,0917IFC Films
3Shame$103,789-38%64-16$1,622$3,465,39610Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$92,098-21%450$2,047$15,996,21744Warner Bros. / IMAX
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$65,529-7%133$5,041$382,5879Oscilloscope
6Carnage (2011)$64,605-47%40-30$1,615$2,303,1908Sony Pictures Classics
7W.E.$47,074--4--$11,769$47,0741Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$44,515-12%142$3,180$212,3363Weinstein Company
9Real Steel$43,430-49%90-33$483$85,433,06918Disney / DreamWorks
10Pariah (2011)$34,970-21%195$1,841$621,0516Focus
11Hubble 3D$32,716-20%21-1$1,558$30,874,18799Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Immortals$30,952-56%62-55$499$83,454,93513Relativity Media
13The Innkeepers$29,557--20--$1,478$29,5571Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$28,452-28%110$2,587$4,740,624913D Entertainment
15Midnight in Paris$22,40217%4020$560$56,506,14238Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$21,777-10%143$1,556$30,495,297156Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In the Land of Blood and Honey$20,95668%7-4$2,994$252,8017FilmDistrict
18Young Adult$20,014-65%58-29$345$16,234,3879Paramount
19The Darkest Hour$19,554-54%39-48$501$21,203,7647Summit
20The Viral Factor$19,412-52%7-15$2,773$187,9773China Lion Film
21In Time$15,721-52%34-24$462$37,535,81615Fox
22The Help$14,73652%20-1$737$169,635,34726Disney / DreamWorks
23The Women on the 6th Floor$13,86182%61$2,310$567,71818Strand Releasing
24Melancholia$12,238-59%13-10$941$2,990,35013Magnolia Pictures
25Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$12,2022692%20$6,101$284,32116Submarine Deluxe
26An Inconsistent Truth$12,176-41%10$12,176$36,4392Rocky Mountain Pictures
27Crazy Horse$12,13122%20$6,066$45,8163Zipporah Films
28Drive (2011)$11,972-11%22-1$544$35,054,90921FilmDistrict
29Le Havre$11,707-4%121$976$555,24516Janus Films
30Kill List$9,838--2--$4,919$9,8381IFC Films
31Vettai$9,678-39%4-3$2,420$191,8644UTV Communications
32El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$9,399368%43$2,350$222,56628Alive Mind Cinema
33All's Well Ends Well 2012$9,232-60%10-10$923$43,4322China Lion Film
34Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$8,397--3--$2,799$15,5473Entertainment One Films
35The Way$7,557-7%11-1$687$4,405,14718Producers Distribution Agency
36Declaration of War$5,986-53%4-2$1,497$25,6922IFC Films
37The Flowers of War$5,318-73%5-8$1,064$205,7783Wrekin Hill Entertainment
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$5,069-29%10$5,069$26,8063First Run Features
39Addiction Incorporated$3,31133%31$1,104$21,4068Variance Films
40The Conquest$3,05323%41$763$181,28313Music Box Films
41The Skin I Live In$2,842-40%10-2$284$3,160,82917Sony Pictures Classics
42Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,633-49%6-4$439$2,981,03816Fox Searchlight
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,241-40%2-1$1,121$51,0165Cinema Guild
44Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,968--2--$984$16,19014Kino Lorber
45Young Goethe In Love$1,952-71%3-6$651$136,73014Music Box Films
46Windfall$1,780--2--$890$1,7801First Run Features
47The Interrupters$1,7701706%10$1,770$278,13028Cinema Guild
48Perfect Sense$1,567--1--$1,567$1,5671IFC Films
49Take Shelter$1,4859%84$186$1,722,55419Sony Pictures Classics
50Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$1,322--3--$441$163,8293Eleven Arts
51The City Dark$1,121--2--$561$8,1533Argot Pictures
52Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$954612%32$318$40,72621International Film Circuit
53Margin Call$902-13%21$451$5,352,84316Roadside Attractions
54The Guard$840-50%2-2$420$5,359,77428Sony Pictures Classics
55How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$799-71%21$400$10,3762First Run Features
56Tyrannosaur$662--2--$331$19,48312Strand Releasing
57Sing Your Song$577-85%2-2$289$27,9354S2BN Films
58Tomboy (2011)$424-90%3-6$141$119,03012Dada Films
59The Mill and the Cross$357-93%1-2$357$310,90021Kino Lorber
60Hell and Back Again$302--4--$76$37,53918Docurama Films
61Jane's Journey$242-60%1-1$242$27,25321First Run Features
62Crazy Wisdom$220-38%10$220$52,15011Alive Mind Cinema
63The Whale$115-79%10$115$68,28522Paladin