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, Nov. 23 - Sun, Nov. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$43,641,448-69%4,0700$10,723$227,366,1182Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$35,502,973-14%3,52621$10,069$221,144,1223Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$25,676,41322%2,018243$12,724$62,840,7963Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$23,773,465--3,653--$6,508$32,341,0901Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$22,451,514--2,927--$7,670$30,573,1011Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$16,572,669-11%3,259-363$5,085$149,278,6994Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$14,276,668--2,725--$5,239$21,689,1621FilmDistrict
8Flight$8,451,144-4%2,63826$3,204$74,718,9904Paramount
9Argo$3,865,158-4%1,255-955$3,080$98,062,3097Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,383,669890%367351$11,945$6,209,7672Weinstein Company
2Taken 2$950,043-55%763-1300$1,245$136,477,0038Fox
3The Sessions$724,025-20%515-1$1,406$3,929,9996Fox Searchlight
4Pitch Perfect$715,865-44%492-630$1,455$62,571,9289Universal
5Jab Tak Hai Jaan$536,918-58%1644$3,274$3,047,5392Yash Raj Films
6Here Comes the Boom$507,814-57%490-860$1,036$42,037,2407Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$422,095-55%258-662$1,636$25,788,8575Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$392,766-33%242-269$1,623$16,323,53710Lionsgate / Summit
9Hotel Transylvania$377,389-60%464-784$813$143,500,1309Sony / Columbia
10Looper$320,43855%29379$1,094$65,587,0559Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$209,115-71%205-705$1,020$15,201,9104Universal
12Brave$187,165-16%190-30$985$236,943,84323Disney
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$133,816-12%172-37$778$51,489,66315Disney
14Son of Sardaar$115,332-66%1090$1,058$715,4942Eros International
15Frankenweenie$112,788-3%122-55$924$34,238,1278Disney
16Alex Cross$111,912-60%144-391$777$25,404,4036Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$100,828-53%190-266$531$17,376,1015Open Road
18ParaNorman$96,817-17%134-46$723$55,796,57215Focus
19Sinister$91,621-80%127-662$721$47,705,7037Lionsgate / Summit
20Fun Size$83,646-39%144-244$581$9,297,7825Paramount
21Ice Age: Continental Drift$79,010-9%109-23$725$160,818,56420Fox
22House at the End of the Street$78,650-23%138-37$570$31,488,67410Relativity Media
23Trouble with the Curve$73,022-43%140-132$522$35,662,43910Warner Bros.
24The Dark Knight Rises$70,463-24%108-52$652$448,034,36219Warner Bros.
25Paranormal Activity 4$52,915-86%108-742$490$53,676,7116Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$896,258179%6650$13,580$1,534,8322Focus
2Hitchcock$287,715--17--$16,924$287,7151Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$132,908-16%88-12$1,510$733,8784Entertainment One / RKO
4Finding Nemo 3D$103,785--84--$1,236$40,646,08311Disney
5A Royal Affair$91,27817%4412$2,075$271,1313Magnolia Pictures
6Seven Psychopaths$90,402-43%82-89$1,102$14,631,3237CBS Films
7Chasing Ice$90,26612%177$5,310$220,8113Submarine Deluxe
8The Other Son$79,252-14%35-13$2,264$793,7845Cohen Media Group
9To the Arctic 3D$78,1374%520$1,503$9,957,97132Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$73,514--15--$4,901$107,3331Warner Bros.
11Chasing Mavericks$69,415-61%60-138$1,157$5,771,4535Fox
12Searching For Sugar Man$60,434-12%43-11$1,405$2,766,19418Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$55,45416%16-1$3,466$35,233,469141Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Holy Motors$45,953-5%21-2$2,188$268,7536Indomina Releasing
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$39,358-4%59-13$667$48,936,98717Fox
16Arbitrage$33,605-38%48-32$700$7,816,90711Roadside Attractions
17Born to Be Wild 3D$32,430-11%300$1,081$21,375,29586Warner Bros. / IMAX
18End of Watch$32,020-39%34-41$942$39,191,43110Open Road
19The Central Park Five$30,570--3--$10,190$30,5701IFC Films
20The Master$29,675-41%25-27$1,187$15,842,50011Weinstein Company
21The Flat$29,165-18%21-5$1,389$351,1786IFC Films
22Rust and Bone$27,154--2--$13,577$27,1541Sony Pictures Classics
23Samsara$21,562-31%22-9$980$2,488,48914Oscilloscope
24Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$18,291-13%150$1,219$890,48610IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Masquerade (2012)$18,104-15%5-2$3,621$885,64510CJ Entertainment
26Brooklyn Castle$16,004-8%8-1$2,001$162,9066Producers Distribution Agency
27This Must Be the Place$15,336-44%8-7$1,917$116,2504Weinstein Company
28Smashed$13,082-48%30-9$436$325,4017Sony Pictures Classics
29The Intouchables$7,755-42%262$298$13,030,13527Weinstein Company
30The Loneliest Planet$7,6514%70$1,093$106,7235IFC Films
31Under the Sea 3D$6,25821%92$695$32,455,539198Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Detropia$5,872--5--$1,174$356,17212Loki Films
33Lawless$5,5351%11-8$503$37,397,29113Weinstein Company
34The Imposter$4,962--5--$992$892,40920Indomina Releasing
35Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,76616%3520$136$3,333,8237Atlas Distribution
36Starlet$4,602-54%6-3$767$43,6463Music Box Films
37Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$4,558-65%4-2$1,140$50,9313Well Go USA
38The Big Picture (2012)$4,454-24%2-3$2,227$134,3337MPI Media
39Chicken With Plums$3,31110%10-1$331$249,19615Sony Pictures Classics
40The Law in These Parts$2,8270%10$2,827$8,7402Cinema Guild
41The Well-Digger's Daughter$2,41883%2-1$1,209$369,81319Kino Lorber
42Robot & Frank$2,233-43%3-3$744$3,298,42815IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
43Kumare$2,205--1--$2,205$125,78023Kino Lorber
44Somewhere Between$2,120-77%2-2$1,060$151,49614Long Shot Factory
45Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,103-54%6-3$351$87,4338Oscilloscope
46Hitler's Children$1,972-33%10$1,972$6,9232Film Movement
47Price Check$1,886-32%21$943$6,2402IFC Films
48Orchestra of Exiles$1,660-39%1-2$1,660$23,6195First Run Features
49Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,584-59%30$528$23,6934Zeitgeist Films
5028 Hotel Rooms$1,424-54%30$475$13,9433Oscilloscope
51English Vinglish$1,234-77%880$14$1,867,3588Eros International
52Tai Chi Zero$1,090-59%1-2$1,090$212,0946Variance / Well Go USA
53The House I Live In$971-63%1-2$971$166,4398Abramorama
54Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$928-75%10$928$171,13429Rialto Pictures
55The Thieves$871-51%1-1$871$664,8697Well Go USA
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$859-52%30$286$43,1428Drafthouse Films
57Keep the Lights On$435-44%2-1$218$238,28612Music Box Films
58Gottfried Helnwein and The Dreaming Child$402--1--$402$4021First Run Features
59Radio Unnameable$360--1--$360$19,25510Kino Lorber
60Step Up to the Plate$343--1--$343$40,26711Cinema Guild
61Citadel$157-91%1-3$157$9,4863Cinedigm
62Now, Forager$153--1--$153$5,1448Argot Pictures
63Celeste and Jesse Forever$70-90%1-2$70$3,093,40717Sony Pictures Classics
64Breathing$31-56%10$31$4,25813Kino Lorber