411 Box Office Report: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Reigns For a Third Week
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.20.2014
While Transcendence bombs and faith-based films continue to fly...
Marvel Studios continues to dominate the box office every chance they get, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is no difference. The latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe spent a third week on top of the box office, bringing in $26.6 million over the three-day frame. That represents an impressive third-week drop of 36%, which is far ahead of the third-weekend drops of Iron Man 3 (51%) and Thor: The Dark World (61%). The film has now brought in $201.5 million domestically and $586.6 million worldwide from a budget of $170 million. It is very likely to pass $250 million domestically at the box office, especially with no strong contenders next weekend. Worldwide, Thor: The Dark World's $644.8 million mark is within reach.
Coming in at #2 for a second week was Rio 2. The Fox/Blue Sky animated sequel brought in $22.5 million, which equated to a 43% drop-off from last week. That's not a great number for an animated film; by comparison the first film dropped 33%. The film will still be a success though; to date it has grossed $75.4 million domestically and $200 million worldwide from a $103 million budget.
Faith-based films continued their strong run at the box office this weekend with Heaven is for Real. The drama, which is based on a New York Times best-selling book and stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly, opened powerfully at #3 with $21.5 million. That makes this the third Christian-heavy film to defy expectations at the box office this year, following Son of God's $25.6 million opening in February and God's Not Dead's $9.2 million bow last month. Heaven has earned mixed reviews from critics but scored with audiences, earning an A CinemaScore which should mean good things for its week-to-week drops. The budget was just $12 million, making this a success for Sony.
Johnny Depp's Transcendence bombed this weekend, coming in at #4 with an anemic $11.2 million. The sci-fi thriller was cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut and failed to cash in on Depp's name value, making it the latest in a string of domestic failures for him. The actor hasn't had an unmitigated hit since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. The film opened to middling reviews and audiences skipped out as a result; it averaged just $3,227 from the 3,455 theaters that it opened in and widely missed the low-twenties mark that Warner Bros. was hoping for. Audiences were apathetic to it and gave it a disappointing C+ CinemaScore which won't help word-of-mouth any. While Depp usually does very well overseas, he may have problems here; it brought in only $17.4 million from twelve territories to give it a worldwide total thus far of $28.6 million. Making back its $100 million budget will be high-impossible at this point.
A Haunted House 2 opened at #5 with $9.1 million. The horror-comedy was far off the mark from its predecessor, which started with $18.1 million early last year. The sequel averaged $3,939 from the 2,310 theaters it opened in and while the number isn't great, it will still be very profitable for Open Road Films considering the budget was just $4 million. Audiences gave it a B- in terms of CinemaScore, so expect this one to get the typical drop-offs for its genre.
Kevin Costner's Draft Day was down two spots in its second weekend to #6 with $5.9 million. That actually represented a pretty good week-to-week drop-off for the film of just 40%, which is low for sports dramas as a rule. The film has now grossed $19.5 million and may end up earning Lionsgate back the $25 million production budget despite its disappointing opening.
Divergent dropped one rung in its fifth weekend, finishing at #7 with $5.8 million. The young adult novel adaptation brought its total gross to $133.9 million domestically and $209.2 million worldwide from an $85 million budget.
Oculus saw a hefty drop down the charts this weekend, down five to #8, but a solid number in terms of percentage. The Relativity and WWE Studios horror film scored $5.2 million in its second weekend, down 57% which is about in line with what horror films drop from their opening weekend. The film has grossed a total of $21.2 million domestically and $22.4 million worldwide from a budget of $5 million.
Noah slipped three spots to #9 in its fourth weekend, grossing $5 million. The film has totalled $93.3 million domestically and $290.7 million worldwide from a budget of $125 million. This is going to be another Russell Crowe film that, like 2010's Robin Hood, will be a money maker for the studios thanks to overseas numbers while still being viewed as a domestic disappointment.
God's Not Dead closed out the top ten, slipping down three spots to #10 in its fifth weekend with $4.8 million. The religious drama has a total gross of $48.3 million from a budget of just $2 million.
The weekend box office tally was $133.1 million, up an impressive 20% from last year's take of $110.7 million that was led by Oblivion's $37.1 million opening.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $26.6 million ($201.5 million total)
2. Rio 2 - $22.5 million ($75.4 million total)
3. Heaven is for Real - $21.5 million ($21.5 million total)
4. Transcendence - $11.2 million ($11.2 million total)
5. A Haunted House 2 - $9.1 million ($9.1 million total)
6. Draft Day - $5.9 million ($19.5 million total)
7. Divergent - $5.8 million ($133.9 million total)
8. Oculus - $5.2 million ($21.2 million total)
9. Noah - $5 million ($93.3 million total)
10. God's Not Dead - $4.8 million ($48.3 million total)