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, Mar. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$58,551,063-62%4,1370$14,153$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$33,457,188--3,545--$9,438$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$18,132,085--3,603--$5,032$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$14,830,066-28%3,14827$4,711$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$7,784,645-41%3,264-413$2,385$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$2,029,500-60%2,397-815$847$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,001,906-51%1,239-980$809$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$902,587-54%1,007-780$896$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,272,64381%483359$2,635$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$810,388-40%908-432$892$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$807,236-58%903-1162$894$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$780,050-44%729-601$1,070$123,881,7808Universal
5October Baby$771,498-55%387-3$1,994$3,094,15923IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$677,95216%513259$1,322$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$589,456-50%439-36$1,343$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$460,026-44%308-250$1,494$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$417,645-58%575-613$726$53,076,9347Fox
10The Vow$330,240-61%514-744$642$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$305,672-4%380-131$804$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
12The Artist$279,599-41%315-261$888$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$269,905-68%321-300$841$34,401,7376Lionsgate
14A Separation$220,793-33%199-62$1,110$6,445,73514Sony Pictures Classics
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$206,481-15%222-26$930$132,349,97716Fox
16The Iron Lady$181,934-28%284-43$641$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$176,172-72%325-877$542$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$154,013-22%179-1$860$53,946,9899CBS Films
19Chronicle$133,968-34%198-94$677$63,759,1689Fox
20Hugo$129,704-48%174-109$745$73,688,26419Paramount
21Agent Vinod$119,644-72%1220$981$632,4462Eros International
22We Bought a Zoo$108,224-13%136-19$796$75,279,52215Fox
23Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$107,207-42%150-50$715$209,239,67916Paramount
24The Secret World of Arrietty$104,800-37%183-46$573$18,450,5127Disney
25Big Miracle$96,060-23%170-54$565$20,113,9659Universal
26The Descendants$87,802-40%118-81$744$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
27Wanderlust$74,225-47%116-119$640$17,255,6756Universal
28The Grey$61,399-48%2040$301$51,475,17210Open Road
29Red Tails$59,764-19%101-30$592$49,703,34211Fox
30One For the Money$37,287-49%102-49$366$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$270,49627%4632$5,880$582,4422Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$240,18254%6037$4,003$605,5064Sony Pictures Classics
3Jiro Dreams of Sushi$193,54110%4417$4,399$665,8274Magnolia Pictures
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$164,40933%5019$3,288$338,0162Music Box Films
5The Kid With A Bike$135,30229%3713$3,657$349,1133IFC Films
6Bully (2012)$116,472--5--$23,294$116,4721Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$103,875-3%400$2,597$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Love in the Buff$91,233--10--$9,123$91,2331China Lion Film
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$76,4439099%5957$1,296$47,359,06512Disney
10Hubble 3D$69,91233%19-4$3,680$31,741,956107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Need to Talk About Kevin$67,401-30%67-13$1,006$1,462,67717Oscilloscope
12War Horse$60,649-35%96-74$632$79,781,90715Disney / DreamWorks
13Goon$49,076--31--$1,583$4,049,1101Magnolia / Magnet
14In Darkness$44,576-26%49-2$910$862,2658Sony Pictures Classics
15Pina$43,161-33%33-18$1,308$3,372,44615IFC Films
16Being Flynn$42,268-44%40-33$1,057$480,0255Focus
17Intruders$40,746--33--$1,235$40,7461Millennium Entertainment
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$38,931-34%120$3,244$5,198,114993D Entertainment
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$37,776-28%55-31$687$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
20Gone$34,179-56%61-122$560$11,586,8166Summit
21Undefeated$31,73416%16-1$1,983$424,2827Weinstein Company
22Under the Sea 3D$28,097-19%142$2,007$30,990,917164Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$24,180-50%30-44$806$43,271,5878Fox
24The Salt of Life$24,118260%106$2,412$147,9295Zeitgeist Films
25Thin Ice$24,068-15%30-9$802$691,8467IDP/ATO Pictures
26Albert Nobbs$22,486-26%29-15$775$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
27W.E.$19,1483%213$912$490,7919Weinstein Company
28Coriolanus$18,245-20%16-3$1,140$599,64511Weinstein Company
29Detachment$17,175--15--$1,145$45,2523Tribeca Film
30Boy$16,8518%92$1,872$115,4435Paladin
31The Island President$13,998--2--$6,999$17,9031IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Rampart$13,635-55%30-37$455$856,6708Millennium Entertainment
33Shame$13,273-8%14-2$948$3,968,51818Fox Searchlight
34Gerhard Richter Painting$11,394-48%5-1$2,279$83,2903Kino Lorber
35Musical Chairs$10,62517%123$885$23,7662Paladin
36Turn Me On, Dammit!$10,145--2--$5,073$10,1451New Yorker Films
37The Muppets$8,464-32%21-14$403$88,625,92219Disney
38A Dangerous Method$7,885-73%20-27$394$5,673,60719Sony Pictures Classics
39My Week with Marilyn$7,252-45%12-32$604$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
40The Flowers of War$6,718--3--$2,239$291,94511Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$6,7001437%10$6,700$12,3624The Film Desk
42The Women on the 6th Floor$5,531-10%4-1$1,383$674,61026Strand Releasing
43Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$4,568-28%11-3$415$188,3395Magnolia Pictures
44Seeking Justice$3,871-88%8-66$484$410,8193Anchor Bay Films
45On the Ice$3,852306%21$1,926$55,6347PMK*BNC
46Natural Selection$3,683-14%31$1,228$23,2273Cinema Guild
47Let The Bullets Fly$3,438-55%3-4$1,146$56,6735Variance Films
48Carnage (2011)$3,139-1%123$262$2,540,64116Sony Pictures Classics
49The Forgiveness of Blood$3,113-51%6-3$519$113,5186IFC Films
50Free Men$3,077-68%2-2$1,539$30,9023Film Movement
514:44 Last Day on Earth$2,971-64%1-2$2,971$15,7382IFC Films
52The Trouble with Bliss$2,160-53%21$1,080$7,83427A Productions
53Le Havre$2,018445%32$673$607,52124Janus Films
54The FP$1,892-64%5-3$378$33,7773Drafthouse Films
55Addiction Incorporated$1,721238%10$1,721$39,97416Variance Films
56Love$1,670-52%1-3$1,670$307,4047China Lion Film
57Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,639--2--$820$91,64513Cinema Guild
58Sing Your Song$1,532157%20$766$42,58912S2BN Films
59The Turin Horse$1,481-44%1-1$1,481$35,5788Cinema Guild
60The Beat Hotel$1,458--1--$1,458$1,4581First Run Features
61I Kissed A Vampire$1,380--11--$125$1,3801Monterey Media
62Starry, Starry Night$1,013-56%21$507$4,3752China Lion Film
63Ranchero$987--1--$987$21,15038Indican Pictures
64Around June$956-48%10$956$9,1023Indican Pictures
65Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$933-83%2-4$467$899,63639International Film Circuit
66Attenberg$813--1--$813$9,8394Strand Releasing
67The Understudy$630-69%10$630$8,6693Indican Pictures
68Falling Away$612-55%10$612$10,6305Indican Pictures
69Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$608--1--$608$302,29024Submarine Deluxe
70Sound of Noise$538-91%1-4$538$23,1584Magnolia Pictures
71Reuniting The Rubins$507-84%2-2$254$7,0223Monterey Media
72Kung Fu Joe$392-2%10$392$14,7528Indican Pictures
73The Fairy$338-40%10$338$7,3116Kino Lorber
74Khodorkovsky$27770%10$277$39,05418Kino Lorber
75Windfall$246--1--$246$5,0979First Run Features
76Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$98--1--$98$3,9825First Run Features