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, Feb. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$20,353,967--3,009--$6,764$20,353,9671Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,423,274-52%3,3753$2,792$34,676,0682Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$7,738,058-18%2,809168$2,755$80,002,61612Weinstein Company
4Mama$6,590,970-50%2,78199$2,370$58,123,0703Universal
5Zero Dark Thirty$5,176,428-47%2,871-58$1,803$77,673,9787Sony / Columbia
6Bullet to the Head$4,548,201--2,404--$1,892$4,548,2011Warner Bros.
7Parker$3,302,415-53%2,23814$1,476$12,527,2972FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$3,002,769-39%1,777-230$1,690$150,942,9586Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$2,420,885-43%1,848-362$1,310$141,504,1306Universal
10Lincoln$2,402,224-38%1,756-153$1,368$170,776,74213Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,901,164-44%1,300-375$1,462$296,193,6848Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gangster Squad$1,843,089-57%1,625-965$1,134$43,092,1474Warner Bros.
13Movie 43$1,641,849-66%2,0230$812$7,700,1232Relativity Media
14A Haunted House$1,522,116-53%1,501-501$1,014$37,756,0194Open Road
15Parental Guidance$1,488,766-41%1,480-256$1,006$72,900,5906Fox
16Broken City$1,461,321-64%1,786-836$818$18,135,4113Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,029,32412%935300$2,170$120,372,13917Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,872,632-28%902-39$2,076$106,106,36311Fox
3Stand Up Guys$1,486,390--659--$2,256$1,486,3901Lionsgate / Roadside
4The Impossible$1,305,464-33%765-17$1,706$15,214,0957Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$1,192,5273%20239$5,904$3,482,7004Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$594,174-19%66072$900$183,223,81614Disney
7Skyfall$526,926-33%425-31$1,240$302,823,50413Sony / Columbia
8This is 40$376,730-48%373-134$1,010$66,928,6057Universal
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$371,605--106--$3,506$371,6051ShortsHD
10Jack Reacher$328,045-60%450-438$729$78,754,4407Paramount
11Race 2$285,233-68%139-14$2,052$1,371,8152UTV Motion Pictures
12The Last Stand$270,812-87%689-2224$393$11,704,4543Lionsgate
13Rise of The Guardians$268,655-28%3072$875$100,560,40911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Hotel Transylvania$257,313-27%224-4$1,149$147,938,70219Sony / Columbia
15Monsters, Inc. 3D$252,745-34%269-53$940$32,829,6027Disney
16Hyde Park on Hudson$181,791-29%1440$1,262$5,604,7719Focus
17The Guilt Trip$172,814-36%291-61$594$36,517,7187Paramount
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$136,688-38%189-27$723$291,281,77812Lionsgate / Summit
19Here Comes the Boom$116,238-30%175-16$664$45,064,66317Sony / Columbia
20Flight$112,365-47%200-63$562$93,640,92514Paramount
21Red Dawn (2012)$85,856-43%153-52$561$44,667,52611FilmDistrict
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$69,608719%148113$470$13,027,1439FilmDistrict
23Texas Chainsaw 3D$40,225-70%121-164$332$34,070,6385Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$450,400-4%9430$4,791$2,441,2607Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$120,627-24%620$1,946$11,876,67532Fox Searchlight
3A Royal Affair$96,70832%444$2,198$1,000,81413Magnolia Pictures
4Anna Karenina (2012)$72,766-34%90-8$809$12,568,25012Focus
5Rust and Bone$71,466-41%80-36$893$1,834,08911Sony Pictures Classics
6Sound City$62,842--16--$3,928$183,3561Variance Films
7The Gatekeepers$61,552--3--$20,517$80,8901Sony Pictures Classics
8To the Arctic 3D$56,852-11%520$1,093$11,081,39042Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hubble 3D$47,558-7%18-1$2,642$36,184,998151Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Master$42,013-40%28-9$1,500$16,202,31721Weinstein Company
11Koch$35,196--2--$17,598$35,1961Zeitgeist Films
12Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$34,338-63%50-46$687$12,449,7077Paramount
13Taken 2$34,064-48%83-41$410$139,813,35718Fox
1456 Up$26,343-29%132$2,026$229,9775First Run Features
15Born to Be Wild 3D$24,699-16%300$823$21,867,38796Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Frankenweenie$24,281-51%59-25$412$35,267,02518Disney
17The Sessions$22,190-48%29-33$765$5,909,88516Fox Searchlight
18Space Station 3D$21,55541%30$7,185$87,077,613564IMAX
19Searching For Sugar Man$19,917-37%18-8$1,107$3,212,49128Sony Pictures Classics
20Hitchcock$17,660-60%44-46$401$5,892,43211Fox Searchlight
21A Late Quartet$15,5258%122$1,294$1,497,82714Entertainment One / RKO
22The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,322-52%37-19$387$17,738,57020Lionsgate / Summit
23Pitch Perfect$13,940-67%41-50$340$64,990,79819Universal
24Deep Sea 3D$12,340-5%40$3,085$45,355,355362Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,898-37%330$361$161,317,42330Fox
26West of Memphis$11,079-50%8-6$1,385$101,5806Sony Pictures Classics
27Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$9,283--1--$9,283$9,2831First Run Features
28Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$9,040--1--$9,040$9,0401APD/Cinema Conservancy
29John Dies at the End$7,218-42%21$3,609$22,2852Magnolia / Magnet
30Beware of Mr. Baker$7,001-73%7-8$1,000$100,14010SnagFilms
31Under the Sea 3D$6,309-35%81$789$32,533,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Girls Against Boys$6,111--2--$3,056$6,1111Anchor Bay Films
33Yossi$5,798-53%20$2,899$24,0112Strand Releasing
34LUV$5,437-73%8-13$680$151,5263Indomina Media
35Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,038-26%6-2$840$1,004,82120IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36The House I Live In$4,104102%10$4,104$208,35918Abramorama
37Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,339-68%10$3,339$19,3912Music Box Films
38The Pirogue$2,914-15%10$2,914$8,8362ArtMattan Productions
39Killing Them Softly$2,77223%30$924$14,964,12010Weinstein Company
40The Other Son$2,267-43%4-2$567$1,247,16815Cohen Media Group
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,848245%42$462$25,0977Rialto Pictures
425 Broken Cameras$1,839-28%31$613$84,91236Kino Lorber
43Any Day Now$1,637-80%5-8$327$176,7468Music Box Films
44Neighboring Sounds$1,511--1--$1,511$49,64124Cinema Guild
45Meet The Fokkens$1,285--1--$1,285$30,81026Kino Lorber
46The Waiting Room$1,151-67%2-3$576$189,40319International Film Circuit
47In Another Country$1,103-65%20$552$23,30013Kino Lorber
48Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$765-73%20$383$51,52114Zeitgeist Films
49The Law in These Parts$736--1--$736$13,37612Cinema Guild
50Sushi: The Global Catch$288--1--$288$5,75727Alive Mind Cinema
51Step Up to the Plate$268--1--$268$43,74721Cinema Guild
52Wagner & Me$70-94%10$70$35,1749First Run Features