Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: April 20th, 2014

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Captain America 2 Scarlet Johansson Black Widow Chris Evans Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: April 20th, 2014

There were several films that failed to meet expectations at the box office this weekend, including our first box office bomb of 2014.

Coming in at number 1 for the third weekend in a row is Captain America: The Winter Soldier with $26.6 million. Now at $201 million domestic and $586 million worldwide, Captain America 2 has already solidified its place as a top earner for both 2014 and Marvel Studios. And with a clear path till summer, we wouldn’t be surprised if Cap 2 held the top spot for at least one more weekend.

Rio 2 repeats at number 2 with $22.5 million, despite an unusually steep (for an animated film) 42% drop-off. Fox’s animated sequel is now trailing about $5 million behind its predecessor, but it should still turn a decent profit overall. Rio 2 has made $75 million so far.

The faith-based film Heaven is for Real comes in at number 3 this weekend with $21.5 million. Timing is everything, as they say, and Heaven is for Real reaped the benefits of an Easter weekend debut. The film actually opened this past Wednesday, and is up to $28 million total.

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In at number 4 is Transcendence (read our review) with an extremely disappointing $11.1 million. Heading into the week, moviegoers were eager to see how longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister could do as director, but unfortunately early reviews for Transcendence suggested Pfister’s freshman effort was not up to par.

Given those low-end reviews, most expected the film would underperform, but Transcendence flat out bombed this weekend, giving star Johnny Depp one of his worst opening weekends ever. Needless to say, Transcendence has no hope of making back its reported $100 million production budget stateside.

Rounding out the top 5 is A Haunted House 2 (read our review) with $9.1 million. Although the first A Haunted House opened with a surprisingly strong $18 million, its sequel couldn’t muster more than half of that.

That being said, A Haunted House 2 has already doubled its $4 million production budget, which means the film will likely turn a profit when all is said and done. Hopefully, though, this poor opening weekend performance can put this franchise to bed.

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Coming in at number 6 is Draft Day with $5.9 million. The Kevin Costner NFL dramedy struggled in its opening weekend and that trend continues in its second. So far, Draft Day has banked a paltry $19 million.

The number 7 film this weekend is Divergent with $5.7 million. Lionsgate and Summit’s YA adaptation is still trucking along in the top 10 and has grossed $133 million after 5 weeks. Divergent is certainly not the global phenomenon that some of its biggest competitors are, grossing only $209 million worldwide, but the series should find greater success with its second entry.

Oculus falls to number 8 in its second week of release with $5.2 million. While it’s not unheard of for a horror movie to fall off substantial after its opening weekend, Oculus‘ decline suggests the film didn’t have the staying power that the big genre hits typically have. The film has grossed $21 million so far.

Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan in Oculus Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: April 20th, 2014

In at number 9 is Noah with $5 million. Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic is now up to $93 million domestic and $290 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top 10 is God’s Not Dead with $4.8 million. Like Heaven is for Real, this faith-based film, now in its fifth week of release, benefited from the Easter weekend. God’s Not Dead is now up to $48 million.

Outside the top 10: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pulled in $47 million in 14 international markets over the weekend, which is about on par with the first film over that same time span and in the same markets. The film gets another weekend overseas before hitting North American theaters on May 2nd.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 21st - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. I’m so happy seeing Captain America having this level of success. I always loved the character and for the longest time thought he was underrated and under-appreciated among the mass public but now its so great to see people getting excited for a Captain America movie. I’m curious to see how Amazing Spider-Man 2 performs. I don’t think it will be as high quality of a film all around as Winter Soldier but Spidey always makes huge bank at the box office. We’ll see.

    • Well, in my view, TASM 2 just beats out Cap 2 for best comic book movie of the year so far.

      It’s also not only broken records for “biggest opening day box office” for 2014 but also “biggest opening weekend box office” records for the year so far too so yay Spidey.

      • i have to go with spiderman 2 aswell. its amazing. but i dont know if its just cause its fresher in my mind but i cant think of anything that i hated. unlike cap where it kinda dragged in the middle

      • I won’t watch TASM2 in theatres. Andrew Garfield is a better Peter Parker than Tobey Maguire IMO but the “yet another origin story first half/not really memorable villain super battle second half” left me cold. My excitement level went from OMG A Spiderman movie!!! for Raimi’s first effort to Oh, another Spiderman movie…

        • You won’t watch TASM2 in theatres because of the first one? Seems kinda silly. It wasn’t like the first one was terrible and your complaint of another origin story won’t be there for the seque.

          • @corey For sure you’ll watch it in the big screen and you’ll love it because there are plenty of colors in it, bright lights and we dont know maybe there’s connect the dots also. you’ll definitely droll in this one.

            • Meh, the first one was ok… Not very excited about the second and I’m a huge Spidey fan, been collecting spidey comics since the 70′s, but quit after all the clone crap… I really hated how he bought his web fluid online from Oscorp… Too me that was it for this franchise…

    • in my opinion TASM 2 is slightly better than cap 2 TWS but that’s just my opinion

  2. cap is doing so well in eu because its got some amazing word of mouth right now. eu never took to the last one cause its was more of a patriotic thing and why would we wanna watch america stroke their own d*ck lol.

    i can see cap getting 700-800m

    • TASM2 did better though for opening day and opening weekend in Europe and Australia though.

      I’ll report it because SR won’t.

      • its gonna be spiderman 2 vs transformers for highest grossing movie this year and ill put my money on transformers taking it. also the hobbit is a strong contender since its the last one

      • Using foreign markets to judge a movies quality? You mentioned Australia opening day records being broken. Being from Australia, I’ve always got an eye on the box office sales here. As far as I can tell it made 1.44 million here. That is a lot of money for a market of 22 million people, but it didn’t even crack our top ten. The final Harry Potter made 7 million, with The Avengers and Returnof the King making 6 million. Just saying.

  3. It could be just me, as I’ve never been the world’s hugest Johnny Depp fan, but I think that JD nowadays isn’t the box-office draw that he used to be and studios still seem to think he is. I watched The Lone Ranger on Netflix last week and wasn not surprised to see JD phone in another uninspired performance in an uninspired tentpole. It left me wondering what happened to the guy who made such quality movies like Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow. Nothing I’ve heard about Trancendence seems to break this current trend so I’m not surprised that Cap 2 once again reigns box-office supreme. (In the Netherlands, it’s not even in the top 10 for this week’s box-office)

    • Results of Dutch box office are not even published over weekend 16. Of course Transcendence did not break the top10 you saw, it was not released yet a week ago.

  4. Superman (to Captain America): You’ve had your ride. Now get off my cape.

    • an image of Superman giving Cap a piggy back ride as they fight crime and are followed by an entourage of flaming eagles. Thank you soo much for giving me that image.

    • Same level as dark knight and avengers?

      • Yeah, ok, right.

        And American Gangster was just as good as the Godfather and Goodfellas.

    • It broke records. And unsurprisingly, Nolan’s latest uninspired epic known as Transcendence has bombed completely at the box office. Both Spiderman 2 and Captain America 2 start stronger than ever.

      • Transcendence isn’t a Nolan movie.

      • Nolan didn’t direct transcendence . He is a producer which means generally no involvement except finances.

        • He produced it, it’s his film. I hope that starts a trend and Nolan’s next script is written by someone else.

  5. well lesson of the day make more comic book movie lol

  6. $700 million to $800 million would be nice but I don’t think it will get that high. Every CBM (and most movies in general with a few exceptions) take in 80% or more of their box office in the first three weeks and overseas TWS is on it’s forth weekend in many markets.

    I see it hitting about $650 million which is an astonishing number in itself. Perhaps if TASM 2 wasn’t staring up overseas already I’d say possibly $700 million but you can see TASM 2 is taking over completely in the markets it started and is opening in so many more this week.

    • According to the article, Captain America is at $787 million now…

      • Unless I’m mistaking “worldwide” for “international”…

      • No. America is still part of the world my man, and therefore included in the “worldwide” total.

        201m domestic.
        586m Worldwide.

        Maybe to be less confusing (though I don’t really find it as such) it should read:

        201m domestic
        385m foreign
        586m worldwide

    • Considering how far off your original prediction was, I’m sure $650 million is an astonishing number for you.

  7. I’m guessing ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will pass ‘Thor: The Dark World’ at the U.S. domestic box office fairly soon and will earn around what ‘Man of Steel’ did on the worldwide front.

    I’d say that’s some good profit for Marvel’s Phase Two films following ‘The Avengers’. I’m sure they’re quite happy with these increases as far as business goes, which is what they like most.

  8. Wanna know why Transcendence flopped ? Coz Jhonny Depp isn’t wearing a hat or a silly costume.

  9. Most noobs here would definitely say TASM2 is better than Cap2. Better in what? Special effects? This just shows that this trolls here cant read a book because it has no pictures.

    • Wah?

  10. Winter Soldier deserves this kind of success. Even more remarkable considering he’s not Iron Man, Spider-man, the X-Men, Superman or Batman.
    Will be seeing Spidey in a few days, so hoping it’s good.

  11. Winter Soldier deserves this kind of success. Even more remarkable considering he’s not Iron Man, Spider-man, the X-Men, Superman or Batman.

  12. GO CAP2!!!

  13. Saw Cap2 for the second time this weekend and enjoyed it just as much as the first time – just a real quality picture all the way and I am super pleased that it is doing so well. Cap seems to be unfairly saddled with “boring” labels for being a good guy in the comics universe and the first film, but he is so kick ass in The Winter Soldier that you can’t be lazy and us that description of the character anymore. I used to be a huge Johnny Depp fan but after Pirates II and some really awful interviews that he did where he talked about all of his money, his private island, and how being famous and photographed was like “being raped” that I lost all interest in his work – which just seems to be money-driven nowadays and an excuse for him to go off the acting rails in uninteresting and distracting performances.

  14. Cap 2 is doing sonwell because it is a great movie, not just a great superhero movie.
    Spidey is a great superhero movie, very entertaining. But Cap 2 also speaks to preople who don’ t like superhero movies. Alot of my friends who hate superhero movies, yes even The Avengers, loved Cap 2. I do think this will probally be the last weekend Cap 2 will be on the top spot, but it is great that is having this kind of succes.

    • Agreed :)

  15. You know why the Transcendence is Flopped because No Jack Sparrow in this movie.

  16. CAP2 has everything you need in a sucessful movie. Character Development was superperb. The use of real locations help with the story telling. This movie could stand lone by itself without any other movie ties. Yes, this movie is much better than The Avengers could ever be. The reason behind this is that as a viewer, you are not having to cram several main characters into the story. CAP2 focuses on one main character with a stellar supporting cast. The story itself had an even flow from an opening action sequence. Then an easy transition into the Villian’s introduction action sequence. Finally, another transition into the final sequence. The pace of the film was flawless. While I enjoyed this type of action film a lot more than IM3, the basic reason is that in the wake of trouble by any one of the Avengers and with Stark Industries in the mix, a quick call and a supporting team member should be right there.

    The Next Avengers film will be ok from a strickly entertainment standpoint, but it will not be able to compete with wanting to watch the film over and over again. I can honestly say that I would like to watch CAP2 time and time again.