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 tenth 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, Jul. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$41,855,326--2,903--$14,418$41,855,3261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$24,906,360-43%3,820-183$6,520$276,006,3953Universal
3Turbo$21,312,625--3,806--$5,600$31,015,3841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$19,872,150-52%3,4910$5,692$79,388,0262Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,048,422--3,016--$5,984$18,048,4221Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$16,002,231-57%3,28510$4,871$68,282,5232Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$12,691,415--2,852--$4,450$12,691,4151Universal
8The Heat$9,303,788-34%2,689-439$3,460$129,271,2244Fox
9World War Z$5,191,541-44%2,066-937$2,513$186,932,6085Paramount
10Monsters University$5,121,878-52%2,186-956$2,343$249,114,1325Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,380,047-62%2,273-1631$1,927$81,291,2903Disney
12White House Down$2,400,246-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,8754Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,819,387-61%1,050-1100$1,733$285,000,4746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$2,200,62296%304225$7,239$4,592,8923Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,034,217-57%748-144$2,720$29,947,0173Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,179,821-59%622-772$1,897$94,429,9136Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$694,477--351--$1,979$694,4771Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$436,092-67%333-517$1,310$114,410,7088Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$397,335-20%1354$2,943$2,425,3216RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$387,263-44%250-153$1,549$225,120,96610Paramount
8Epic$380,629-21%319-33$1,193$105,595,2019Fox
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$334,07499%302177$1,106$143,664,02811Warner Bros.
10Fast & Furious 6$322,250-41%279-113$1,155$237,121,2259Universal
11The Internship$225,3223%202-31$1,115$43,582,1227Fox
12The Croods$209,673-18%212-31$989$186,039,19618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13After Earth$196,383-28%189-49$1,039$59,755,0508Sony / Columbia
14Before Midnight$169,531-42%107-47$1,584$7,392,4909Sony Pictures Classics
15Iron Man 3$154,608-36%145-54$1,066$407,144,47212Disney
16The Purge$129,475-20%156-23$830$64,064,4107Universal
17The Hangover Part III$113,212-43%202-63$560$111,883,4479Warner Bros.
18Lootera$6,070-92%1000$61$581,8133Eros International
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$3,302-57%1610$21$3,827,4668Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$739,48491%3427$21,750$1,331,6972Weinstein Company
2Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$328,174-49%96-43$3,418$1,189,9612Reliance Entertainment
3Only God Forgives$313,958--78--$4,025$313,9581RADiUS-TWC
4Unfinished Song$156,307-35%88-3$1,776$1,070,5465Weinstein Company
5I'm So Excited$152,84745%5028$3,057$674,0894Sony Pictures Classics
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$145,305-43%95-43$1,530$3,832,5097Roadside Attractions
7The Attack$127,379--46--$2,769$910,9405Cohen Media Group
8Mud$94,980-30%77-36$1,234$21,240,34213Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$91,88939%155$6,126$39,598,638175Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fill the Void$83,990-36%61-3$1,377$1,552,5779Sony Pictures Classics
11Still Mine$76,807286%1915$4,042$536,0472IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Blackfish$75,962--5--$15,192$75,9621Magnolia Pictures
13The Bling Ring$70,020-56%38-59$1,843$5,628,6116A24
14The Hunt$56,60832%95$6,290$123,9372Magnolia Pictures
15Ramaiya Vastavaiya$52,514--67--$784$52,5141Reliance Entertainment
16Frances Ha$50,321-25%32-25$1,573$3,869,79710IFC Films
17The Rooftop$47,259--17--$2,780$47,2591Well Go USA
18The Kings of Summer$39,204-46%35-21$1,120$1,290,2228CBS Films
19The East$35,655-62%31-40$1,150$2,209,5238Fox Searchlight
2042 (2013)$33,316-45%85-20$392$95,001,34315Warner Bros.
21Pain and Gain$29,282-61%70-80$418$49,735,74013Paramount
22Space Station 3D$28,2009%20$14,100$88,557,282588IMAX
23The Act of Killing$27,450--1--$27,450$27,4501Drafthouse Films
24Hannah Arendt$27,438-23%215$1,307$399,6928Zeitgeist Films
25To the Arctic 3D$25,88327%17-1$1,523$13,233,28266Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Crystal Fairy$25,6472%97$2,850$66,9802IFC Films
27Under the Sea 3D$24,78222%93$2,754$33,288,108232Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Copperhead$23,847486%3631$662$145,2794Brainstorm Media
29A Hijacking$23,459-55%21-11$1,117$327,7755Magnolia Pictures
30Museum Hours$22,4501%30$7,483$157,0464Cinema Guild
31Stories We Tell$21,198-17%22-6$964$1,516,40511Roadside Attractions
32Born to Be Wild 3D$19,49748%152$1,300$22,745,662120Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$18,81356%92$2,090$68,5613Magnolia Pictures
34Storm Surfers 3D$16,2749%71$2,325$90,20913XLrator Media
35Love Is All You Need$11,766-69%18-17$654$1,537,96212Sony Pictures Classics
36Deep Sea 3D$10,8109%30$3,603$45,693,868386Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Kon-Tiki$10,058-54%9-12$1,118$1,467,13813Weinstein Company
38Computer Chess$9,683--2--$4,842$17,0041Kino Lorber
39The Company You Keep$9,433104%90$1,048$5,120,03016Sony Pictures Classics
40Life of Pi$8,367--18--$465$124,985,00235Fox
41The Iceman$7,59662%149$543$1,959,17512Millennium Entertainment
42Dirty Wars$6,246-23%174$367$344,4177IFC Films
43More Than Honey$5,568-26%3-1$1,856$47,5666Kino Lorber
44One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,476-30%51$1,095$83,28611Zeitgeist Films
45V/H/S/2$4,868-51%11-1$443$17,6682Magnolia / Magnet
46What Maisie Knew$4,731-57%8-5$591$1,058,02112Millenium Entertainment
47Byzantium$4,334-64%11-2$394$75,5664IFC Films
48Augustine$4,088-48%4-4$1,022$95,10210Music Box Films
49Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,804-14%21$1,902$9,9102Variance Films
50Pandora's Promise$3,598-48%1-3$3,598$62,5586Abramorama
51Dealin' with Idiots$3,592-58%21$1,796$15,3082IFC Films
52Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,365-21%41$841$516,71912eOne Films US
53Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$3,24349%21$1,622$134,59314Kino Lorber
54An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,238--2--$1,619$63,31413Variance Films
55Scary Movie 5$2,565-97%8-25$321$32,014,28915Weinstein / Dimension
56No Place on Earth$2,448141%31$816$195,28816Magnolia Pictures
57The Sapphires$2,298-76%10-5$230$2,448,45518Weinstein Company
58Leviathan (2013)$2,231--3--$744$71,31621Cinema Guild
59A Band Called Death$2,045-73%4-6$511$103,9134Drafthouse Films
60Stuck in Love$1,956-85%3-12$652$69,4753Millennium Entertainment
61Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$39,00214Rialto Pictures
62Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$21,97320Rialto Pictures
63Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$1,751-68%2-2$876$25,5676First Run Features
64Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,4371139%21$719$102,05714Kino Lorber
65Three Worlds$1,384--1--$1,384$3,9525Film Movement
66Viola$1,364-78%10$1,364$13,1082Cinema Guild
67Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,322--2--$661$32,34316Cinema Guild
68The Wall$1,252--1--$1,252$21,1008Music Box Films
69Shadow Dancer$1,068-64%3-1$356$96,5418Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Planet Earth$1,005-98%7-48$144$57,011,84723Weinstein Company
71At Any Price$984-74%4-2$246$374,71813Sony Pictures Classics
72Night Across the Street$653-41%10$653$16,36524Cinema Guild
73Searching For Sugar Man$64842%10$648$3,691,66852Sony Pictures Classics
74√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$27444%1-1$274$13,8537Magnolia Pictures
75In the Fog$235-84%30$78$10,7196Strand Releasing
76Not Today$206-95%10$206$317,90315Freestyle Releasing