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, Oct. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$43,188,256-23%3,66085$11,800$122,323,1752Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$25,718,314--3,020--$8,516$25,718,3141Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$13,774,742-34%3,874-127$3,556$77,611,4193Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$3,837,183--2,538--$1,512$3,837,1831Open Road
5Runner Runner$3,770,288-51%3,0260$1,246$14,159,2462Fox
6Prisoners$3,635,392-37%2,855-381$1,273$53,590,2714Warner Bros.
7Insidious Chapter 2$2,720,492-30%2,156-451$1,262$78,517,5095FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$2,385,655-47%2,130-178$1,120$22,222,9244Universal
9Don Jon$2,369,453-43%1,996-426$1,187$20,170,6033Relativity Media
10Baggage Claim$2,033,062-50%1,320-710$1,540$18,230,5403Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$1,101,318-31%1,150-456$958$146,525,20510Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$583,845-62%1,050-973$556$35,808,1945Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,911,256-13%606169$3,154$8,162,8554Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$1,270,218-49%42841$2,968$4,244,6862Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$1,041,966-43%711-147$1,465$42,716,4547Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$623,672-49%980-583$636$113,544,4439Weinstein Company
5Grace Unplugged$524,548-47%502-9$1,045$1,748,6562Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$520,116--461--$1,128$520,1161Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$505,6154%434-51$1,165$363,060,13015Universal
8Monsters University$356,823-15%235-15$1,518$267,047,97817Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$354,549-18%404-109$878$66,475,60210Fox
10Grown Ups 2$270,576-30%261-74$1,037$132,827,60514Sony / Columbia
11Riddick$255,865-53%430-365$595$41,658,4206Universal
12The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$254,279--147--$1,730$254,2791Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13The Smurfs 2$250,918125%268112$936$70,333,62611Sony / Columbia
14Planes$232,365-10%3804$611$88,442,74610Disney
15Blue Jasmine$230,428-34%190-99$1,213$31,672,81012Sony Pictures Classics
16Metallica Through The Never$215,211-69%289-300$745$3,178,8503Picturehouse
17The Wolverine$178,959-1%227-14$788$131,844,93412Fox
18Turbo$160,060-22%187-35$856$82,445,35413Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19Battle of the Year$142,173-74%210-697$677$8,792,6564Sony / Screen Gems
202 Guns$116,185-11%166-34$700$75,422,68511Universal
21Red 2$105,670-29%168-35$629$53,215,97913Lionsgate / Summit
22The Heat$96,227-21%139-43$692$159,279,40116Fox
23Parkland$92,438-70%133-124$695$528,0152Exclusive Media
24Elysium$87,792-48%140-82$627$92,370,04510Sony / TriStar
25Besharam$81,631-78%126-91$648$644,1722Reliance Entertainment
26The Conjuring$68,003-43%145-57$469$137,274,46413Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inequality for All$152,81810%8039$1,910$558,5893RADiUS-TWC
2The Saratov Approach$137,226--23--$5,966$212,5261Purdie Distribution
3The Face Reader$117,454-26%190$6,182$360,5742Pan Media & Entertainment
4Wadjda$105,418-12%473$2,243$616,1045Sony Pictures Classics
5Generation Iron$75,770-43%34-36$2,229$631,3674The Vladar Company
6Escape From Tomorrow$63,297--30--$2,110$63,2971Producers Distribution Agency
7Linsanity$51,693-48%167$3,231$184,3782Ketchup Entertainment
8Muscle Shoals$50,419201%1410$3,601$95,2353Magnolia Pictures
9In a World...$45,025-22%54-24$834$2,780,74110Roadside Attractions
10You're Next$44,769434%8742$515$18,474,2688Lionsgate
11The Summit$42,665104%3426$1,255$76,8732IFC Films
12Austenland$41,950-23%52-13$807$1,901,1169Sony Pictures Classics
13A.C.O.D.$34,09479%1815$1,894$60,5332The Film Arcade
14Pacific Rim$33,403-47%52-40$642$101,785,48214Warner Bros.
15Hubble 3D$32,821110%132$2,525$40,913,443187Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The World's End$32,142-49%73-58$440$25,902,9208Focus
17The Wizard of Oz 3D$30,225-81%50-196$605$5,493,1814Warner Bros.
18Space Station 3D$28,791103%30$9,597$89,150,927600IMAX
19Haute Cuisine$24,633-27%30-30$821$153,0944Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$23,198-31%63-68$368$21,425,33615Fox Searchlight
21The Spectacular Now$19,343-55%33-25$586$6,777,90911A24
22Short Term 12$18,999-41%30-6$633$908,6408Cinedigm
23A Touch of Sin$18,334-8%64$3,056$49,5752Kino Lorber
24We Are What We Are (2013)$16,27297%135$1,252$47,5103eOne Films US
25Fruitvale Station$11,343-52%41-35$277$16,072,92414Weinstein Company
26When Comedy Went to School$11,09948%122$925$192,52111International Film Circuit
27You Will Be My Son$10,948-36%10-4$1,095$221,2059Cohen Media Group
28On the Job$9,558-73%8-14$1,195$161,2173Well Go USA
29Salinger$9,510-33%16-5$594$575,7756Weinstein Company
30Born to Be Wild 3D$8,73742%94$971$23,013,600132Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Grandmaster$7,808-74%16-19$488$6,585,4518Weinstein Company
32To the Arctic 3D$7,55230%101$755$13,575,37678Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Ghost Team One$7,345--15--$490$7,3451The Film Arcade
34Thanks for Sharing$7,179-77%16-49$449$1,032,4814Roadside Attractions
35As I Lay Dying$7,143--1--$7,143$7,1431Millenium Entertainment
36CBGB$7,11182%32$2,370$11,1872XLrator Media
37Good Ol' Freda$6,71540%11-3$610$104,3826Magnolia Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$6,46317%20$3,232$45,900,643398Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$6,430--1--$6,430$27,9696Kino Lorber
40Still Mine$5,688-13%10-6$569$1,154,46614IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Under the Sea 3D$5,5706%60$928$33,629,261244Warner Bros. / IMAX
42God Loves Uganda$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Variance Films
43Broadway Idiot$5,514--1--$5,514$5,5141FilmBuff
44Populaire$5,354-64%21-37$255$166,9056Weinstein Company
45Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$5,278-61%2-10$2,639$81,9833AMC Entertainment
46Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$4,236--1--$4,236$4,2361First Run Features
47Bad Milo!$4,101-9%9-2$456$12,3462Magnolia / Magnet
48The Patience Stone$3,860-29%204$193$130,0609Sony Pictures Classics
49Blackfish$3,56821%132$274$2,063,31213Magnolia Pictures
50Museum Hours$3,325-50%7-5$475$516,03116Cinema Guild
51Blue Caprice$3,094-70%16-20$193$86,7495IFC Films
52Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$2,984--1--$2,984$2,9841The Film Desk
53Murder 11$2,214-73%20$1,107$19,1672Indican Pictures
54Drinking Buddies$1,876-20%71$268$328,6428Magnolia Pictures
55Dislecksia: The Movie$1,701-23%10$1,701$5,1722Area23a
56The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,683-75%20$842$18,8303Rialto Pictures
57Cassadaga$1,678--3--$559$1,6781Archstone Distribution
58Free the Mind$1,631-9%3-1$544$139,00724International Film Circuit
59Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,6011%10$1,601$36,0414Well Go USA
60I Used to Be Darker$1,542-73%20$771$14,1393Strand Releasing
61I'm So Excited$1,435299%72$205$1,359,79616Sony Pictures Classics
62Prince Avalanche$1,368-62%4-8$342$193,33610Magnolia Pictures
63Shepard & Dark$1,216487%21$608$5,8363Music Box Films
64Zaytoun$1,083-88%2-7$542$26,3624Strand Releasing
65The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,074-76%6-3$179$30,4708Kino Lorber
66The Citizen$872-83%4-2$218$22,0546Monterey Media
67The Institute$843-72%20$422$6,2962Argot Pictures
68Touchy Feely$780-64%3-1$260$35,0226Magnolia Pictures
69Leviathan (2013)$761--1--$761$75,97633Cinema Guild
70Rising From Ashes$747--2--$374$35,52511First Run Features
71Before Midnight$615-55%4-1$154$8,110,62121Sony Pictures Classics
72The Act of Killing$4410%40$110$443,20313Drafthouse Films
73C.O.G.$242-88%1-3$242$55,3014Screen Media / Focus World
74Fire in the Blood$14832%10$148$10,2036International Film Circuit
75Terms and Conditions May Apply$101-91%30$34$48,75514Variance Films