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, Sep. 21 - Sun, Sep. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$13,152,683--2,730--$4,818$13,152,6831Open Road
2House at the End of the Street$12,287,234--3,083--$3,985$12,287,2341Relativity Media
3Trouble with the Curve$12,162,040--3,212--$3,786$12,162,0401Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$9,641,474-42%2,9040$3,320$30,175,4492Disney
5Resident Evil: Retribution$6,701,803-68%3,0164$2,222$33,469,5302Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$6,278,491--2,506--$2,505$6,278,4911Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,641,990-54%2,598-262$1,017$45,291,6174Lionsgate
8ParaNorman$2,345,630-24%1,617-709$1,451$52,582,7286Focus
9Lawless$2,286,215-47%2,614-449$875$34,477,1344Weinstein Company
10The Bourne Legacy$1,609,875-44%1,431-739$1,125$110,402,5757Universal
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,543,090-41%1,752-663$881$48,655,8286Disney
12The Expendables 2$1,457,853-54%1,820-1076$801$83,019,8056Lionsgate
13The Campaign$1,205,136-50%1,250-752$964$84,986,2017Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$937,524-53%1,216-660$771$32,022,60111Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$856,228-53%1,147-799$746$62,154,3837Sony / Columbia
16The Words$755,640-74%1,247-1554$606$11,000,2113CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$562,536-65%1,064-343$529$2,765,5352Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$4,391,092496%788783$5,572$5,446,9752Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$1,266,144-42%948-633$1,336$443,124,01410Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$1,189,700-41%24447$4,876$3,858,2072Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$643,260-39%130-2$4,948$1,977,5282UTV Communications
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$540,114-7%420-121$1,286$158,561,29211Fox
6Unconditional$525,192--312--$1,683$525,1921Veracity Moving Pictures
7Marvel's The Avengers$466,320-21%290-152$1,608$622,888,16221Disney
8Heroine$389,901--114--$3,420$389,9011UTV Communications
9Premium Rush$362,338-71%567-772$639$19,665,1025Sony / Columbia
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$330,919-35%374-217$885$47,779,3188Fox
11Total Recall (2012)$281,7852%32219$875$58,462,9508Sony / Columbia
12The Amazing Spider-Man$247,043-30%253-75$976$261,471,26812Sony / Columbia
13Ted (2012)$244,655-35%293-118$835$217,838,90013Universal
14Sleepwalk With Me$231,079-33%13517$1,712$1,625,6945IFC Films
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$223,659-23%240-66$932$215,896,45116Paramount / DreamWorks
16Robot & Frank$182,222-52%156-52$1,168$2,894,0586IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Intouchables$181,625-29%156-24$1,164$12,253,18318Weinstein Company
18For A Good Time, Call...$147,178-46%105-2$1,402$1,084,2524Focus
19Step Up Revolution$140,477-36%182-86$772$34,960,0689Lionsgate / Summit
20Hit and Run$135,377-63%291-360$465$13,606,2185Open Road
21Moonrise Kingdom$127,879-33%120-37$1,066$45,161,62318Focus
22Sparkle (2012)$126,439-67%206-288$614$24,259,8916Sony / TriStar
23Beasts of the Southern Wild$123,747-49%132-80$937$10,902,97313Fox Searchlight
24The Cold Light of Day$59,543-93%155-1356$384$3,691,3943Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$228,359--4--$57,090$228,3591Lionsgate / Summit
2Samsara$192,121-20%59-3$3,256$1,150,0615Oscilloscope
3My Uncle Rafael$109,748--14--$7,839$109,7481Rocky Mountain Pictures
4Searching For Sugar Man$93,338-8%384$2,456$1,186,1399Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Arctic 3D$83,779-4%520$1,611$8,657,38223Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$75,114-81%85-237$884$3,055,3033Paramount
710 Years$74,029226%4340$1,722$105,1132Anchor Bay Films
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$63,700--3--$21,233$63,7001IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9To Rome with Love$54,441-22%50-35$1,089$16,528,10714Sony Pictures Classics
10The Watch$53,012-40%77-61$688$34,232,6509Fox
11The Queen of Versailles$50,303-37%40-21$1,258$2,225,65810Magnolia Pictures
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$47,092-68%54-98$872$3,017,1538Sony Pictures Classics
13Slaughter Creek$44,415-10%15-1$2,961$116,4872Nocturnal Features
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$41,385-32%47-33$881$46,263,06121Fox Searchlight
15Occupy Unmasked$40,952--4--$10,238$40,9521Magnolia / Magnet
16Liberal Arts$38,58241%2016$1,929$76,3672IFC Films
17Stolen (2012)$34,274-81%99-42$346$289,7732Millennium Entertainment
18Detropia$33,093-21%116$3,008$127,3083Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$30,4313%15-1$2,029$34,494,430132Warner Bros. / IMAX
20How To Survive A Plague$28,250--4--$7,063$28,2501IFC Films
21The Imposter$25,496-58%23-7$1,109$731,70611Indomina Releasing
22Bachelorette$23,410-76%34-26$689$418,2683RADiUS-TWC
23Backwards$23,190--5--$4,638$23,1901Dada Films
24Keep the Lights On$22,889-28%83$2,861$150,1303Music Box Films
25Born to Be Wild 3D$21,1194%330$640$20,885,55377Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Hello I Must Be Going$20,653141%1513$1,377$65,0303Oscilloscope
27Magic Mike$20,557-58%55-60$374$113,709,99213Warner Bros.
28Safety Not Guaranteed$20,130-34%40-6$503$3,958,04516FilmDistrict
29Ruby Sparks$19,811-53%43-27$461$2,478,2549Fox Searchlight
30Chicken With Plums$16,472-25%170$969$167,5316Sony Pictures Classics
31Under the Sea 3D$15,779254%72$2,254$32,362,238189Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Wild Horse, Wild Ride$15,767-50%14-7$1,126$77,5495Screen Media Films
332 Days In New York$14,434-46%18-5$802$584,1757Magnolia Pictures
34Compliance$12,802-36%16-1$800$291,2976Magnolia Pictures
35Somewhere Between$11,43752%21$5,719$40,5655Long Shot Factory
36The Apparition$11,380-75%35-33$325$4,860,4875Warner Bros.
37Step Up to the Plate$10,06778%64$1,678$20,0742Cinema Guild
38Farewell, My Queen$10,058-63%20-8$503$1,316,48611Cohen Media Group
39Toys in the Attic$6,371-45%6-8$1,062$48,5623Hannover House
40Hysteria$6,07895%2-3$3,039$1,799,18719Sony Pictures Classics
41Radio Unnameable$5,833--1--$5,833$8,0441Kino Lorber
42Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$4,686-1%21$2,343$158,71120Rialto Pictures
43Husbands In Goa$4,483--7--$640$4,4831UTV Communications
4417 Girls$4,449--10--$445$4,4491Strand Releasing
45Take This Waltz$4,044-48%5-7$809$1,237,51413Magnolia Pictures
46Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$4,018-66%12-4$335$485,5199IFC Films
47Hellbound?$3,938--4--$985$3,9381Area23a
48The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,850--1--$3,850$3,8501Oscilloscope
49The Bullet Vanishes$3,104-53%2-2$1,552$116,0154China Lion Film
50About Cherry$2,760--3--$920$2,7601IFC Midnight
51Cosmopolis$2,609-88%9-22$290$757,5666Entertainment One Films
52Little White Lies$2,581-88%2-12$1,291$183,6625MPI Media
53Mugamoodi$2,347-30%1-2$2,347$101,9114UTV Communications
54Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,2279%70$318$3,371,4697ARC Entertainment
55Elena$1,991-36%20$996$222,49819Zeitgeist Films
56The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,913-63%5-3$383$293,14910Kino Lorber
57Neighboring Sounds$1,52235%20$761$41,8995Cinema Guild
58Monsieur Lazhar$1,46868%31$489$2,005,70148Music Box Films
59[REC] 3: Genesis$1,218-16%3-1$406$6,9343Magnolia / Magnet
60Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,154-8%2-1$577$85,09015Music Box Films
61360$1,115-67%30$372$99,6038Magnolia Pictures
62Three Stars$1,003--1--$1,003$7,5081First Run Features
63You've Been Trumped$863124%31$288$17,9038International Film Circuit
64Neil Young Journeys$768-84%110$70$203,18813Sony Pictures Classics
65Girl Model$723-88%3-2$241$18,8163First Run Features
66Bangkok Revenge$525-98%4-18$131$35,0932China Lion Film
67Nobody Else But You$466--1--$466$41,96920First Run Features
68Death by China$415-87%1-2$415$22,8446Area23a
69How To Grow A Band$377--2--$189$16,83324International Film Circuit
70Branded$358-98%2-78$179$353,2273Roadside Attractions
71Unforgivable$320-90%1-3$320$143,52313Strand Releasing
72Turn Me On, Dammit!$283-59%20$142$126,08526New Yorker Films
73The Invisible War$155-18%21$78$59,71514Cinedigm
74Snowman's Land$143-78%10$143$1,1252Music Box Films
75Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$16--1--$16$18,28417First Run Features