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, Aug. 24 - Sun, Aug. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$13,423,579-53%3,35539$4,001$52,237,5232Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$9,336,005-45%3,654-99$2,555$85,522,2203Universal
3ParaNorman$8,639,288-39%3,45526$2,501$28,261,5772Focus
4The Campaign$7,472,397-43%3,30247$2,263$64,575,5693Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$7,222,317-34%2,606-551$2,771$422,255,2186Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$7,122,552-34%2,5980$2,742$27,077,0422Disney
72016: Obama's America$6,509,433423%1,091922$5,966$9,347,3097Rocky Mountain Pictures
8Premium Rush$6,030,164--2,255--$2,674$6,030,1641Sony / Columbia
9Hope Springs (2012)$5,725,107-37%2,40241$2,383$44,806,5713Sony / Columbia
10Hit and Run$4,526,222--2,870--$1,577$5,719,2561Open Road
11Sparkle (2012)$3,983,822-66%2,2440$1,775$18,656,8962Sony / TriStar
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,245,917-41%1,965-772$1,143$42,883,5174Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$1,760,436-49%1,576-858$1,117$55,173,7734Sony / Columbia
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,751,301-42%1,550-724$1,130$153,500,0767Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$2,841,488--810--$3,508$2,841,4881Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$947,430-39%783-386$1,210$214,762,8059Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$605,801-14%374-32$1,620$213,689,06212Paramount / DreamWorks
4Brave$516,772-37%452-189$1,143$230,089,03810Disney
5Step Up Revolution$493,908-53%428-477$1,154$33,703,3215Lionsgate / Summit
6The Amazing Spider-Man$491,890-35%418-180$1,177$258,355,8278Sony / Columbia
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$463,125-18%212-24$2,185$8,859,7189Fox Searchlight
8Ek Tha Tiger$434,516-62%1191$3,651$2,347,7742Yash Raj Films
9Moonrise Kingdom$401,929-20%33250$1,211$43,671,69714Focus
10The Intouchables$351,378-4%1940$1,811$10,446,57514Weinstein Company
11Celeste and Jesse Forever$288,90117%11548$2,512$1,029,4974Sony Pictures Classics
12Men in Black 3$239,554-21%232-26$1,033$178,515,57714Sony / Columbia
13The Watch$230,558-54%250-263$922$33,465,2355Fox
14Magic Mike$228,44215%355100$643$113,086,5449Warner Bros.
15To Rome with Love$194,542-20%22161$880$15,879,76610Sony Pictures Classics
16Ruby Sparks$163,534-46%135-83$1,211$2,105,3805Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$155,225-26%194-50$800$154,917,25513Universal
18Marvel's The Avengers$115,335-23%123-19$938$617,800,44617Disney
19The Hunger Games$114,851-44%189-41$608$407,884,01123Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$92,812-14%112-16$829$45,753,83617Fox Searchlight
21Savages$84,250-20%117-37$720$47,202,2958Universal
22Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$75,038-76%130-294$577$3,296,6283ARC Entertainment
23Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$60,096-47%106-93$567$65,054,6389Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Robot & Frank$284,105699%4644$6,176$335,4142IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
2The Queen of Versailles$191,192-8%9613$1,992$1,538,3856Magnolia Pictures
3Cosmopolis$154,529120%6360$2,453$448,3492Entertainment One Films
4To the Arctic 3D$135,729-14%520$2,610$7,955,83419Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Searching For Sugar Man$121,21114%292$4,180$495,1535Sony Pictures Classics
6Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi$119,743--54--$2,217$119,7431Eros International
72 Days In New York$95,442-5%4121$2,328$284,1163Magnolia Pictures
8The Imposter$80,391-4%245$3,350$385,5097Indomina Releasing
9Red Hook Summer$79,944243%2920$2,757$168,6853Variance Films
10Farewell, My Queen$79,856-17%644$1,248$1,089,5397Cohen Media Group
11Samsara$76,222--2--$38,111$76,2221Oscilloscope
12Sleepwalk With Me$68,801--1--$68,801$68,8011IFC Films
13Prometheus$58,041-24%91-10$638$126,297,83612Fox
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$52,719-28%75-30$703$37,397,11710Fox
15Safety Not Guaranteed$47,80917%540$885$3,754,73712FilmDistrict
16Born to Be Wild 3D$47,2081%330$1,431$20,675,87473Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Bernie$45,123-27%52-19$868$9,117,65618Millennium Entertainment
18Compliance$44,749172%1110$4,068$88,0952Magnolia Pictures
19Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$34,695-29%36-3$964$383,8865IFC Films
20Hubble 3D$34,473-29%12-2$2,873$34,254,170128Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,239-55%66-74$428$25,309,9108Paramount
22Little White Lies$25,654--3--$8,551$25,6541MPI Media
23Under the Sea 3D$25,631-13%6-1$4,272$32,269,187185Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$24,340-4%100$2,434$6,032,6721203D Entertainment
25Hermano$18,835--49--$384$18,8351Music Box Films
26The Well-Digger's Daughter$18,538-38%10-4$1,854$212,3556Kino Lorber
27Beloved (2012)$15,417-40%72$2,202$55,4342IFC Films
28Neighboring Sounds$12,666--2--$6,333$12,6661Cinema Guild
29Your Sister's Sister$11,237-36%15-11$749$1,597,48611IFC Films
30People Like Us$9,263-46%23-31$403$12,431,7929Disney / DreamWorks
31Take This Waltz$8,743-52%17-7$514$1,194,4749Magnolia Pictures
32Easy Money (2012)$8,435-36%50$1,687$180,2077Weinstein Company
33Somewhere Between$7,799--1--$7,799$7,7991Long Shot Factory
34360$7,445-18%124$620$77,1224Magnolia Pictures
35Chicken With Plums$6,527-42%20$3,264$85,4952Sony Pictures Classics
36Painted Skin: The Resurrection$6,424-64%4-2$1,606$33,2122Well Go USA
37Neil Young Journeys$5,732-47%13-10$441$176,6059Sony Pictures Classics
38Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,511--1--$5,511$18,0813Rialto Pictures
39Teddy Bear$5,388--2--$2,694$6,7611Film Movement
40Hysteria$5,230-40%8-6$654$1,771,00715Sony Pictures Classics
41A Cat In Paris$5,12460%6-1$854$302,81213GKIDS
42Kumare$4,63514%63$773$101,86610Kino Lorber
43Dark Horse$3,973-33%5-1$795$166,22812Vitagraph
44Nobody Else But You$3,8464534%21$1,923$38,16816First Run Features
45Wild Horse, Wild Ride$3,610--1--$3,610$3,6101Screen Media Films
46Unforgivable$3,54759%20$1,774$117,3539Strand Releasing
47Death by China$3,286-42%10$3,286$10,5722Area23a
48Trishna$3,208-41%110$292$240,3817IFC Films
49The Day I Saw Your Heart$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Film Movement
50Meet The Fokkens$2,682-41%10$2,682$25,3243Kino Lorber
51Side By Side$2,500-64%21$1,250$11,3852Tribeca Film
52Where Do We Go Now?$2,4601%61$410$527,42316Sony Pictures Classics
53The Magic of Belle Isle$2,356-2%73$337$97,9318Magnolia Pictures
54The Invisible War$2,097458%43$524$56,41710Cinedigm
55Monsieur Lazhar$1,833-39%3-3$611$1,995,36544Music Box Films
56Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,777--2--$889$43,3377Strand Releasing
57$upercapitalist$1,65749%10$1,657$15,9193Truly Indie
58Klown$1,528-43%3-2$509$61,2745Drafthouse Films
59Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,417-16%10$1,417$30,83117New Yorker Films
60Elena$1,286-44%1-1$1,286$210,46015Zeitgeist Films
61Turn Me On, Dammit!$93629%10$936$122,05022New Yorker Films
62Oslo, August 31st$888-66%1-1$888$77,14314Strand Releasing
63Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$830116%32$277$76,13811Music Box Films
64You've Been Trumped$795-12%53$159$12,0794International Film Circuit
65Union Square (2012)$758-75%20$379$41,3857Dada Films
66Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$722-60%10$722$145,77516Rialto Pictures
67We Won't Grow Old Together$564--1--$564$8,55812The Film Desk
685 Broken Cameras$361-67%10$361$66,77313Kino Lorber
69OC87$339--1--$339$40,66714Fisher Klingenstein Films
70Alps$312--1--$312$6,6457Kino Lorber
71The Color Wheel$238156%10$238$17,33315Cinema Conservancy