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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$174,144,585--4,253--$40,946$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,511,315-63%3,28710$2,285$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$6,055,327-43%3,345-60$1,810$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,642,335-68%3,430-362$1,645$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$4,202,639-38%2,915-368$1,442$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,881,857-49%2,6330$1,474$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,113,00917%1,160-450$1,822$228,858,9419Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,441,360-58%1,857-876$776$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,280,152-53%1,162-422$1,102$18,676,7926Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,270,094-66%1,804-903$704$118,752,4106Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$1,194,650-58%1,632-702$732$95,374,5297FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,161,801-2%576213$3,753$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$896,750-62%980-868$915$43,756,7355Universal
3The Company You Keep$703,465-39%541-266$1,300$3,433,1825Sony Pictures Classics
4Evil Dead$614,524-69%959-1227$641$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$411,592-62%504-438$817$51,365,5036Lionsgate
6Jack the Giant Slayer$295,425-30%335-30$882$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
7Identity Thief$204,010-42%300-125$680$133,454,40513Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$198,5480%468107$424$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
9Filly Brown$170,666-69%204-55$837$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Host (2013)$151,722-60%290-321$523$26,143,8196Open Road
11The Sapphires$146,610-18%123-3$1,192$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
12Snitch (2013)$136,017-27%215-37$633$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
13Home Run$128,217-72%164-206$782$2,549,0563IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Escape From Planet Earth$123,640-24%257-26$481$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
15The Call$92,740-71%200-313$464$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
16Safe Haven$75,723-44%169-90$448$71,210,28912Relativity Media
17Side Effects (2013)$66,16338%16557$401$32,086,04113Open Road
18Warm Bodies$60,294-40%140-50$431$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit
19Admission$38,966-66%113-166$345$17,783,1997Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shootout at Wadala$212,346--89--$2,386$212,3461Eros International
2Renoir$146,02519%7411$1,973$1,073,0106IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$87,946--4--$21,987$87,9461Millennium Entertainment
4The Reluctant Fundamentalist$86,225179%3532$2,464$129,9792IFC Films
5Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$83,586--20--$4,179$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kon-Tiki$74,097234%1412$5,293$107,2732Weinstein Company
7Life of Pi$58,448-27%99-32$590$124,757,30924Fox
8Hubble 3D$58,00112%183$3,222$37,959,926164Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$47,02662%2213$2,138$137,8043Cohen Media Group
10Trance$44,099-61%86-71$513$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
11Quartet$43,499-47%86-44$506$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$41,742-12%72-50$580$67,294,33812Fox
13To the Arctic 3D$40,465-29%520$778$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$39,630--4--$9,908$39,6301eOne Films US
15The Angels' Share$39,03812%337$1,183$163,7984IFC Films
16Love Is All You Need$36,746--4--$9,187$36,7461Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Wonder$36,444-49%38-22$959$463,2974Magnolia Pictures
18No (2013)$33,452-51%45-29$743$2,196,83112Sony Pictures Classics
19From Up on Poppy Hill$33,278-39%39-5$853$854,0188GKIDS
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$32,544-52%82-103$397$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
21At Any Price$31,67597%1814$1,760$60,8612Sony Pictures Classics
22Spring Breakers$26,483-49%43-29$616$14,000,8118A24
2321 And Over$25,054-63%82-54$306$25,650,58610Relativity Media
24The Lords of Salem$24,212-87%50-230$484$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
25Midnight's Children$22,272--10--$2,227$36,5382Paladin/108 Media
26What Maisie Knew$21,480--1--$21,480$21,4801Millenium Entertainment
27Starbuck$20,2666%281$724$3,757,0917eOne Films US
28Space Station 3D$19,35546%52$3,871$87,781,510577IMAX
29Born to Be Wild 3D$19,202-22%300$640$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Under the Sea 3D$17,9582%18-1$998$32,881,226221Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Blancanieves$17,319-16%153$1,155$219,1026Cohen Media Group
32No Place on Earth$16,296-1%19-8$858$125,4005Magnolia Pictures
33Hava Nagila (The Movie)$15,720106%114$1,429$287,04110International Film Circuit
34The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$15,089-66%10-15$1,509$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
35Dark Skies$14,279-49%29-34$492$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
36Room 237$13,739-31%287$491$247,1706IFC Midnight
37Parental Guidance$13,294-45%42-19$317$77,240,66619Fox
38Something in the Air$13,288--3--$4,429$13,2881IFC Films
39Ginger & Rosa$13,0658%244$544$814,0408A24
40Arthur Newman$13,030-88%35-213$372$190,2552Cinedigm
41Free the Mind$12,215--1--$12,215$12,2151International Film Circuit
42The Gatekeepers$10,902-11%18-4$606$2,347,54414Sony Pictures Classics
43King's Faith$10,381-62%71$1,483$42,3692Waking Giants Entertainment
44Emperor$8,35010%20-6$418$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
45Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$8,104-15%43$2,026$47,8653Kino Lorber
46Paradise: Love$8,01733%42$2,004$17,3562Strand Releasing
47Lore$7,833-56%8-9$979$874,41613Music Box Films
48Dead Man's Burden$7,620--1--$7,620$7,6201Cinedigm
49Camp (2013)$6,686-86%12-16$557$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
50Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$5,845495%53$1,169$26,7745First Run Features
51Tai Chi Hero$4,986-61%5-2$997$24,4602Well Go USA
52Post Tenebras Lux$4,674--1--$4,674$7,0961Strand Releasing
53An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,480-55%20$2,240$17,6762Variance Films
54Django Unchained$4,433-70%12-26$369$162,800,48019Weinstein Company
55Girl Rising$3,870-73%39-33$99$1,097,6579Gathr Films
56Not Today$3,84437%30$1,281$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
57Deep Sea 3D$3,573-24%2-2$1,787$45,525,743375Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Searching For Sugar Man$3,105-41%91$345$3,653,30741Sony Pictures Classics
59Storm Surfers 3D$3,076-58%20$1,538$13,9352XLrator Media
60Amour$3,0040%111$273$6,735,66520Sony Pictures Classics
61Violeta Went to Heaven$2,84480%21$1,422$21,2896Kino Lorber
62Kiss of the Damned$2,723--2--$1,362$2,7231Magnolia / Magnet
63Leonie$2,58424%41$646$48,8268Monterey Media
64Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$2,570--1--$2,570$33,59814First Run Features
6556 Up$2,539-47%2-4$1,270$691,06618First Run Features
66Fists of Legend$2,469-78%3-5$823$133,3894CJ Entertainment
67A Place at the Table$2,026100%70$289$226,35610Magnolia Pictures
68The Silence$1,948740%10$1,948$80,3539Music Box Films
69The Happy House$1,756--1--$1,756$1,7561First Run Features
70Gimme the Loot$1,668-41%103$167$94,7407IFC Films
71Graceland$1,616-88%2-13$808$20,7912Drafthouse Films
725 Broken Cameras$1,604-42%10$1,604$108,54149Kino Lorber
73A Fierce Green Fire$1,5901839%10$1,590$28,48710First Run Features
74Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,538-67%32$513$21,3423Kino Lorber
75Stoker$1,168-52%7-2$167$1,702,27710Fox Searchlight
76Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,154-30%2-3$577$336,64815Music Box Films
77Ek Thi Daayan$1,112-94%470$24$111,7303Eros International
78Wrong$1,095-59%4-1$274$45,2096Drafthouse Films
79Koch$911-34%21$456$338,37614Zeitgeist Films
80Hunky Dory$8747%31$291$19,0417Variance Films
81The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$593--2--$297$83028Strand Releasing
82Leviathan (2013)$59240%21$296$54,75510Cinema Guild
83Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$488--1--$488$30,1045Cinema Guild