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, Jul. 6 - Sun, Jul. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$62,004,688--4,318--$14,360$137,022,2581Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$32,202,395-41%3,25617$9,890$119,849,7402Universal
3Brave$19,612,370-42%3,891-273$5,040$173,969,3413Disney
4Savages$16,016,910--2,628--$6,095$16,016,9101Universal
5Magic Mike$15,642,337-60%3,120190$5,014$72,829,1072Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$10,177,029-60%2,1610$4,709$45,822,9842Lionsgate
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,520,690-36%2,861-854$2,629$195,905,1265Paramount / DreamWorks
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$7,138,266--2,730--$2,615$10,240,2131Paramount
9People Like Us$2,194,535-48%2,0550$1,068$9,190,9022Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$2,168,124-51%1,125-632$1,927$611,127,88410Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,944,534-68%1,657-1452$1,174$34,050,9103Fox
12Prometheus$1,815,500-63%1,105-846$1,643$122,390,2745Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$1,768,355-61%1,152-1185$1,535$149,756,5656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$4,519,195-8%88430$5,112$26,780,9897Focus
2To Rome with Love$3,104,328348%806777$3,852$4,863,5383Sony Pictures Classics
3Men in Black 3$1,680,714-44%879-1023$1,912$173,089,6907Sony / Columbia
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$741,091-33%359-175$2,064$41,991,87310Fox Searchlight
5Rock of Ages$639,406-78%701-1704$912$36,974,6194Warner Bros. / New Line
6That's My Boy$621,656-72%400-1963$1,554$36,100,8334Sony / Columbia
7The Hunger Games$315,479-21%228-50$1,384$404,382,13316Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$304,908-22%303-62$1,006$76,860,8799Warner Bros.
9Battleship$285,105-29%249-59$1,145$64,334,9508Universal
10Safety Not Guaranteed$252,956-33%109-55$2,321$2,170,0625FilmDistrict
11Bernie$250,914-22%113-53$2,220$7,770,79311Millennium Entertainment
12The Pirates! Band of Misfits$246,692-12%257-27$960$30,105,91611Sony / Columbia
13What to Expect When You're Expecting$208,25754%23633$882$40,420,5468Lionsgate
14The Dictator$143,881-5%18656$774$59,310,5518Paramount
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$132,945-14%175-27$760$213,494,66019Universal
16Think Like a Man$93,423-39%118-67$792$91,547,20512Sony / Screen Gems
17Chimpanzee$79,447269%13578$588$28,679,39012Disneynature
18Mirror Mirror$63,830-47%119-47$536$64,655,31015Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$533,965--98--$5,449$561,9961Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$374,057120%1915$19,687$743,8462Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$272,797-13%60-8$4,547$3,095,8897Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$244,15212%520$4,695$5,064,59512Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Your Sister's Sister$152,836-32%951$1,609$994,2454IFC Films
6Take This Waltz$152,25011%4616$3,310$399,6442Magnolia Pictures
7Hubble 3D$62,82210%13-1$4,832$33,480,267121Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$60,9625%330$1,847$19,839,54866Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$51,142-30%76-41$673$43,913,20413Fox
10For Greater Glory$47,220-54%39-34$1,211$5,414,3736ARC Entertainment
11The Lucky One (2012)$44,712-32%72-43$621$60,395,52212Warner Bros.
12The Cabin in the Woods$43,369-43%83-66$523$42,043,63313Lionsgate
13Headhunters$24,742-4%253$990$1,089,36611Magnolia Pictures
14Under the Sea 3D$22,466-9%6-6$3,744$31,816,321178Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Hysteria$22,029-72%35-38$629$1,639,0568Sony Pictures Classics
16Teri Meri Kahani$20,826-83%940$222$767,3483Eros International
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,22775%100$1,923$5,756,6891133D Entertainment
18Chernobyl Diaries$18,611-66%38-107$490$18,085,6017Warner Bros.
19Unforgivable$16,090-42%61$2,682$62,9172Strand Releasing
20Monsieur Lazhar$15,746-45%13-7$1,211$1,894,71337Music Box Films
21A Cat In Paris$14,424-52%120$1,202$183,4356GKIDS
22Where Do We Go Now?$13,398-9%8-13$1,675$456,1929Sony Pictures Classics
23Neil Young Journeys$10,974-9%52$2,195$33,8822Sony Pictures Classics
24Jiro Dreams of Sushi$10,510-15%110$955$2,502,59018Magnolia Pictures
25The Magic of Belle Isle$10,367--3--$3,456$10,3671Magnolia Pictures
26Damsels in Distress$9,40861%157$627$936,10814Sony Pictures Classics
27Marley$7,919-21%8-4$990$1,383,64812Magnolia Pictures
28Daisies (2012 re-issue)$6,576--1--$6,576$6,5761Janus Films
29Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$6,062416%21$3,031$13,6858First Run Features
30Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$5,552-83%13-29$427$539,8965IFC Films
31Crooked Arrows$5,522-47%11-2$502$1,818,1808Branded/Peck Films
32Bel Ami$5,16569%5-1$1,033$111,4505Magnolia Pictures
33Kumare$5,061-35%1-1$5,061$45,3313Kino Lorber
34Dark Horse$4,756-8%30$1,585$74,5475Vitagraph
35I Wish$4,652-52%4-4$1,163$110,8059Magnolia Pictures
36Elena$4,237-62%3-7$1,412$141,4898Zeitgeist Films
37The Woman in the Fifth$3,944-44%6-1$657$107,9214IDP/ATO Pictures
38China Heavyweight$3,792--1--$3,792$3,7921Zeitgeist Films
39Whores' Glory$3,743--2--$1,872$27,22111Kino Lorber
40FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$3,259-29%3-2$1,086$107,39910International Film Circuit
41Crazy Eyes$3,259--2--$1,630$3,2591Strand Releasing
42The Raven$3,259-85%29-49$112$16,005,97811Relativity Media
43Nobody Else But You$3,2384217%32$1,079$20,5239First Run Features
44Turn Me On, Dammit!$2,665-46%3-1$888$104,61015New Yorker Films
45Elles$2,593519%43$648$145,13511Kino Lorber
46Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$2,585-46%32$862$59,1954Music Box Films
47Beyond the Black Rainbow$2,539-16%52$508$49,1668Magnolia / Magnet
48The Invisible War$2,251-70%4-3$563$39,8013Cinedigm
49Darling Companion$2,090-54%4-7$523$772,63412Sony Pictures Classics
50God Bless America$1,704-56%4-4$426$122,0299Magnolia / Magnet
51The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,52622%20$763$1,102,03816Music Box Films
52The Turin Horse$1,46517%20$733$53,69022Cinema Guild
53Last Ride$1,30956%21$655$3,0852Music Box Films
54Pink Ribbons, Inc.$1,285-40%2-2$643$17,6176First Run Features
55Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,070-33%30$357$12,3308Music Box Films
56OC87$966-56%1-2$966$36,4037Fisher Klingenstein Films
57Oslo, August 31st$908-16%10$908$62,7227Strand Releasing
58Paul Williams Still Alive$811-74%1-1$811$32,6975Abramorama
59Lola Versus$807-93%3-27$269$251,9135Fox Searchlight
60Gerhard Richter Painting$673-70%20$337$231,05117Kino Lorber
61Natural Selection$584--1--$584$48,15317Cinema Guild
62Footnote$581-81%3-2$194$2,007,45118Sony Pictures Classics
63This Is Not A Film$456--1--$456$68,82919Palisades Tartan
64Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$327-59%1-1$327$15,4616First Run Features
65The Color Wheel$290--1--$290$13,7128Cinema Conservancy
66Putin's Kiss$274--1--$274$5,13921Kino Lorber
675 Broken Cameras$114-16%10$114$49,8186Kino Lorber
68The Raid: Redemption$34-77%30$11$4,105,12316Sony Pictures Classics