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. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$85,737,841--3,841--$22,322$85,737,8411Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,326,977-43%3,187-158$3,554$78,773,6033Paramount
3Free Birds$11,112,063-30%3,7360$2,974$30,128,5142Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$11,036,270-32%3,08217$3,581$33,467,0062CBS Films
5Ender's Game$10,259,188-62%3,4070$3,011$44,010,4882Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,535,339-33%2,720-304$3,138$231,249,8316Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$6,675,73139%1,144734$5,835$17,421,3124Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,712,028-32%2,646-375$2,159$90,894,0445Sony / Columbia
9About Time$4,758,070342%1,2001025$3,965$6,275,7432Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,776,914-33%1,836-594$1,512$109,953,0947Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$1,285,158-61%1,512-740$850$34,050,7754Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$845,029-63%1,049-917$806$23,207,8644Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$815,757-76%1,022-2022$798$15,860,7943Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$1,130,95498%399269$2,834$2,798,5554Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$633,686-42%429-233$1,477$15,839,3628Fox Searchlight
3Krrish3$526,989-50%2080$2,534$1,870,1082Eros International
4Despicable Me 2$474,31512%3101$1,530$365,353,62019Universal
5We're the Millers$272,416-34%358-197$761$149,681,84614Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$219,407-17%261-28$841$89,605,27514Disney
7Prisoners$179,076-55%225-240$796$60,269,0888Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$167,177-20%216-35$774$67,707,24214Fox
9Elysium$165,843595%192154$864$92,748,40714Sony / TriStar
10Machete Kills$150,112-8%212-51$708$7,949,1475Open Road
11Insidious Chapter 2$141,421-65%229-324$618$83,050,5309FilmDistrict
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$140,381-27%214-98$656$115,300,15513Weinstein Company
13Monsters University$129,092-27%158-18$817$268,186,28221Disney
14Rush (2013)$123,030-64%164-139$750$26,751,2998Universal
15Baggage Claim$98,685-59%135-159$731$21,384,0737Fox Searchlight
16Diana$90,42933%10062$904$193,5322eOne Films US
17Grown Ups 2$85,823-28%111-37$773$133,586,66018Sony / Columbia
18Runner Runner$39,922-61%119-118$335$19,242,0846Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$638,704145%3526$18,249$993,0882Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$249,77711%7134$3,518$746,4283IFC Films
3The Book Thief$105,005--4--$26,251$105,0051Fox
4Don Jon$103,095-40%92-89$1,121$24,077,9997Relativity Media
5The Saratov Approach$93,913-35%41-2$2,291$1,094,3035Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$88,500--86--$1,029$88,5001Main Street Films
7Kill Your Darlings$83,10724%3213$2,597$331,9604Sony Pictures Classics
8Blue Jasmine$82,244-26%60-34$1,371$32,519,48016Sony Pictures Classics
9Wadjda$57,489-39%59-25$974$1,235,8239Sony Pictures Classics
10I'm in Love with a Church Girl$55,904-71%74-169$755$2,165,7474High Top Releasing
11The Smurfs 2$53,465-33%94-41$569$70,948,91715Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$53,021-12%62-7$855$82,871,89617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Pulling Strings$49,794-28%76-33$655$5,782,3956Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Wolverine$45,512-38%77-42$591$132,425,01816Fox
15Hubble 3D$44,56324%141$3,183$41,186,627191Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Instructions Not Included$36,649-67%52-84$705$44,194,96611Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Muscle Shoals$34,265-41%35-11$979$505,2237Magnolia Pictures
18The Armstrong Lie$28,992--5--$5,798$28,9921Sony Pictures Classics
19How I Live Now$28,547--68--$420$28,5471Magnolia Pictures
20Austenland$25,275-3%6328$401$2,081,91313Sony Pictures Classics
21Inequality for All$24,046-54%37-30$650$1,124,2497RADiUS-TWC
22Space Station 3D$22,9230%51$4,585$89,341,874604IMAX
23The Family (2013)$22,414-53%57-30$393$36,623,0449Relativity Media
24Grace Unplugged$19,347-57%37-44$523$2,480,9576Roadside Attractions
25Reaching for the Moon$14,573--2--$7,287$14,5731Wolfe Releasing
26Spinning Plates$12,83111%60$2,139$57,7293The Film Arcade
27In a World...$12,595-33%18-4$700$2,927,33714Roadside Attractions
28Running From Crazy$12,39882%54$2,480$22,2402Vitagraph Films
29The Fifth Estate$11,827-64%23-88$514$3,218,1004Disney / DreamWorks
30The Heat$10,674-63%28-14$381$159,532,29820Fox
31Deep Sea 3D$9,58960%3-1$3,196$45,952,581402Warner Bros. / IMAX
32To the Arctic 3D$9,14138%123$762$13,631,10282Warner Bros. / IMAX
33I Am Divine$8,83870%73$1,263$32,1975The Film Collaborative
34The Ghosts in Our Machine$8,756--1--$8,756$8,7561Ghosts Media Inc.
35American Promise$8,220--3--$2,740$77,0094Rada Film Group
36The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$7,247-21%21$3,624$19,8292Zeitgeist Films
37The Square (2013)$6,764--2--$3,382$47,1743Netflix Originals
38The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,620274%30$2,207$53,13512Kino Lorber
39The World's End$6,446-25%9-7$716$25,982,54712Focus
40Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,394-36%21-1$304$1,124,8055Relativity Media
41Go for Sisters$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Variance Films
42The Broken Circle Breakdown$5,630--2--$2,815$14,1522Tribeca Film
43The Spectacular Now$5,517108%12-6$460$6,846,34515A24
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,314-36%8-2$664$23,078,929136Warner Bros. / IMAX
4520 Feet from Stardom$5,187-51%4-5$1,297$4,752,64522RADiUS-TWC
46At Berkeley$5,069--2--$2,535$5,0691Zipporah Films
47Seasons of Gray$4,751-37%6-2$792$70,6054EchoLight Studios
48When Comedy Went to School$4,679-8%3-2$1,560$219,22815International Film Circuit
49Approved for Adoption$4,014--1--$4,014$4,0141GKIDS
50Under the Sea 3D$3,882-1%51$776$33,659,281248Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Big Sur$3,838-77%5-8$768$29,8582Ketchup Entertainment
52The Way, Way Back$3,735-61%7-8$534$21,496,72719Fox Searchlight
53Let the Fire Burn$3,606-60%5-4$721$41,9436Zeitgeist Films
54Finding Mr. Right$3,430--3--$1,143$3,4301China Lion Film
55Museum Hours$3,32564%2-1$1,663$538,82820Cinema Guild
56Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$3,265-38%32$1,088$22,5953Cinepix
57Short Term 12$3,130-31%5-3$626$970,17612Cinedigm
58Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,759--2--$1,380$30,6529Icarus Films
59People of a Feather$2,413--1--$2,413$2,4131First Run Features
60God Loves Uganda$2,413-26%3-2$804$27,6365Variance Films
61The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,158-63%3-2$719$52,5457Rialto Pictures
62Good Ol' Freda$2,144-39%6-1$357$131,90710Magnolia Pictures
63Linsanity$2,04713%3-1$682$268,9416Ketchup Entertainment
64A Touch of Sin$1,514-25%40$379$82,0786Kino Lorber
65The Patience Stone$1,502101%3-1$501$145,11813Sony Pictures Classics
66Birth of the Living Dead$1,494332%1-1$1,494$8,5904First Run Features
67The Act of Killing$1,315--2--$658$447,49417Drafthouse Films
68Il Futuro$1,263--3--$421$13,70310Strand Releasing
69Best Man Down$1,171--2--$586$1,1711Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Tomorrow$1,011-82%3-4$337$166,0165Producers Distribution Agency
71Drinking Buddies$1,00611%42$252$341,93512Magnolia Pictures
72Broadway Idiot$8579%10$857$27,5955FilmBuff
73Terms and Conditions May Apply$821--2--$411$51,50718Variance Films
74Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$783--1--$783$12,8665First Run Features
75Camille Claudel 1915$78313%21$392$19,0374Kino Lorber
76Prince Avalanche$648-83%3-2$216$203,27814Magnolia Pictures
77La Maison de la Radio$609--1--$609$7,16910Kino Lorber
78Mr. Nobody$456-72%2-2$228$2,7442Magnolia Pictures
79Computer Chess$406--1--$406$101,21817Kino Lorber
80Free the Mind$358--1--$358$146,57728International Film Circuit
81I Used to Be Darker$280289%10$280$21,9647Strand Releasing
82Rising From Ashes$257--1--$257$35,89215First Run Features
83Drug War$182--1--$182$127,87716Variance Films / Well Go USA