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. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,416,362-60%4,008-62$4,345$254,598,8663Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$16,555,894-53%3,463-63$4,781$245,585,0834Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$13,388,852-44%3,67219$3,646$48,836,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$13,376,696-48%2,0180$6,629$83,566,1694Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,151,853-46%2,9281$4,150$48,512,9942Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$6,948,550-58%3,087-172$2,251$158,184,8135Disney
7Killing Them Softly$6,812,900--2,424--$2,811$6,812,9001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,500,245-54%2,78156$2,337$31,272,9532FilmDistrict
9Flight$4,479,067-47%2,603-35$1,721$81,465,9035Paramount
10The Collection$3,104,269--1,403--$2,213$3,104,2691LD Entertainment
11Argo$2,010,349-48%1,043-212$1,927$100,990,7668Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,090,131-30%3714$8,329$10,740,1123Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$2,245,570151%384318$5,848$4,106,9213Focus
3Talaash$1,637,833--174--$9,413$1,637,8331Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$467,975-51%496-267$943$137,163,5549Fox
5Pitch Perfect$387,070-46%403-89$960$63,099,24310Universal
6The Sessions$333,315-54%226-289$1,475$4,582,1817Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$243,338-42%194-64$1,254$26,181,4556Warner Bros.
8Here Comes the Boom$224,797-56%334-156$673$42,352,2508Sony / Columbia
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$212,501-46%189-53$1,124$16,641,06011Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$200,410-37%280-13$716$65,915,58510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$134,598-64%248-216$543$143,690,12310Sony / Columbia
12The Man With the Iron Fists$102,575-51%174-31$590$15,386,5205Universal
13Seven Psychopaths$101,54812%16280$627$14,778,0578CBS Films
14Brave$96,382-49%181-9$532$237,070,60224Disney
15The Odd Life of Timothy Green$76,385-43%147-25$520$51,598,37116Disney
16ParaNorman$59,660-38%104-30$574$55,872,82516Focus
17Frankenweenie$57,056-49%100-22$571$34,317,6499Disney
18Alex Cross$52,149-53%114-30$457$25,485,2257Lionsgate / Summit
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$51,840-34%102-7$508$160,884,06921Fox
20Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$51,618-49%124-66$416$17,466,1496Open Road
21Fun Size$48,466-42%116-28$418$9,362,6416Paramount
22House at the End of the Street$44,189-44%108-30$409$31,551,78811Relativity Media
23Trouble with the Curve$34,423-53%100-40$344$35,721,05911Warner Bros.
24Son of Sardaar$18,544-84%1090$170$760,3903Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$408,69242%5033$8,174$787,5742Fox Searchlight
2Back to 1942$105,702--20--$5,285$105,7021China Lion Film
3A Late Quartet$93,371-30%74-14$1,262$877,5255Entertainment One / RKO
4Finding Nemo 3D$76,315-26%79-5$966$40,749,90912Disney
5Hecho en Mexico$76,123--12--$6,344$76,1231Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$62,645-15%161$3,915$176,8492Warner Bros.
7The Other Son$57,864-27%405$1,447$877,9336Cohen Media Group
8A Royal Affair$57,591-37%41-3$1,405$373,0004Magnolia Pictures
9To the Arctic 3D$51,268-34%520$986$10,051,32133Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Searching For Sugar Man$46,570-23%5310$879$2,836,18719Sony Pictures Classics
11Chasing Mavericks$42,953-38%7919$544$5,832,0896Fox
12The Dark Knight Rises$40,865-42%80-28$511$448,093,79620Warner Bros.
13Sinister$40,556-56%88-39$461$47,769,8838Lionsgate / Summit
14Born to Be Wild 3D$40,30224%300$1,343$21,432,24487Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Holy Motors$35,242-23%254$1,410$332,5107Indomina Releasing
16Hubble 3D$34,339-38%193$1,807$35,305,155142Warner Bros. / IMAX
17The Central Park Five$33,1488%74$4,735$77,0402IFC Films
18Paranormal Activity 4$26,137-51%70-38$373$53,717,9097Paramount
19Samsara$25,12617%253$1,005$2,525,34615Oscilloscope
20Rust and Bone$24,738-9%20$12,369$65,0592Sony Pictures Classics
21The Flat$24,487-16%19-2$1,289$386,4147IFC Films
22End of Watch$22,715-29%24-10$946$39,226,46311Open Road
23Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,478-43%52-7$432$48,963,55918Fox
24Arbitrage$20,097-40%35-13$574$7,851,04412Roadside Attractions
25The Master$17,403-41%23-2$757$15,873,23312Weinstein Company
26Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$13,553-26%12-3$1,129$912,84011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Beware of Mr. Baker$12,195--1--$12,195$16,7481SnagFilms
28The Waiting Room$11,477--5--$2,295$159,52410International Film Circuit
29Dragon$11,137--14--$796$11,1371RADiUS-TWC
30Starlet$10,402126%93$1,156$55,9564Music Box Films
31Silent Night$9,679--11--$880$9,6791Anchor Bay Films
32Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,936325%104$894$96,8899Oscilloscope
33The Intouchables$8,57711%19-7$451$13,043,10528Weinstein Company
34The Thieves$7,772792%21$3,886$673,0758Well Go USA
35This Must Be the Place$6,584-57%7-1$941$128,3985Weinstein Company
36Brooklyn Castle$6,131-62%4-4$1,533$175,9717Producers Distribution Agency
37The Big Picture (2012)$6,11637%42$1,529$142,3878MPI Media
38The Loneliest Planet$5,406-29%103$541$116,6176IFC Films
39Young & Wild$3,798--2--$1,899$3,7981IFC Films
40Smashed$3,710-72%15-15$247$338,2478Sony Pictures Classics
41Under the Sea 3D$3,602-42%8-1$450$32,461,251199Warner Bros. / IMAX
42California Solo$3,412--1--$3,412$3,4121Strand Releasing
43Masquerade (2012)$3,395-81%3-2$1,132$895,12311CJ Entertainment
44Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,322--2--$1,661$80,1489Rainbow Releasing
45Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$3,181--3--$1,060$3,1811Magnolia / Magnet
46Somewhere Between$2,83234%20$1,416$164,32715Long Shot Factory
47The Imposter$2,115-57%2-3$1,058$898,31721Indomina Releasing
48The House I Live In$1,84089%10$1,840$168,8899Abramorama
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,75189%10$1,751$172,88530Rialto Pictures
50Kumare$1,567-29%10$1,567$129,55224Kino Lorber
51Now, Forager$1,558918%43$390$6,7029Argot Pictures
52Citadel$1,378778%76$197$10,9034Cinedigm
5328 Hotel Rooms$1,002-30%30$334$16,0174Oscilloscope
54Chicken With Plums$765-77%7-3$109$252,51916Sony Pictures Classics
55Keep the Lights On$70161%31$234$239,28213Music Box Films
56Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$490-69%2-1$245$25,8715Zeitgeist Films
57Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$480-89%1-3$480$53,7554Well Go USA
58All Together$458--1--$458$35,6137Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
59Celeste and Jesse Forever$360414%21$180$3,093,80218Sony Pictures Classics
60Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$358-58%2-1$179$44,1869Drafthouse Films
61The Well-Digger's Daughter$268-89%1-1$268$370,25420Kino Lorber
62Radio Unnameable$243-33%10$243$19,49811Kino Lorber
63Alps$114--1--$114$15,75921Kino Lorber
64Girl Model$62--1--$62$21,15413First Run Features